Archive for October 2010

2010 Season Player Ratings

At the midway point of the season the Fire sat in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-5 record.  They had just completed a 3-2 win in Los Angeles, they held a 3 game in hand advantage over most playoff contenders and the arrival of Freddie Ljungberg, Nery Castillo , and Gonzalo Segares... Read more »

Matkovich and "Profe" Out

The Fire have released Assistant Coach Mike Matkovich and Fitness Specialist Alvaro “El Profe” Briones.  Matkovich has been an assistant since January of 2009 after replacing Chris Armas on the staff.  Briones joined the staff this past February, shortly after Carlos De Los Cobos was hired.  What does this all mean?  In pro sports, changes... Read more »

MLS Playoff Predictions / Conde Says Show Me The Money

The MLS playoffs are set to begin this week without the local team but there are plenty of Fire related stories to follow on the way to MLS Cup in Toronto on November 23.  A closer look at each first round match up provides more than a few reasons to watch.’s Sam Stejskal and... Read more »

Fire Announce 2010 Team Awards

As if on cue, the Fire have announced the recipients of the 2010 Individual awards.  Most Valuable Player – Logan Pause Defender of the Year – CJ Brown Humanitarian of the Year – Dasan Robinson Golden Boot – Marco Pappa The Fire, in conjunction with Section 8 will honor CJ Brown and the other winners... Read more »

2010 Season Ending Awards

The Fire usually announce their annual award winners during the pre game festivities of the first playoff match.  There will be no such opportunity this year but the awards will be doled out anyway.  Here’s my take on the team’s Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year, and Most Valuable Player for the 2010 season. ... Read more »

Fire 4 Chivas USA 1 - Game Recap and Player Ratings

The Fire saved their first four goal match of the season for the final day of the campaign.  After a fairly even first half that saw the Fire grab a 1-0 lead on a fantastic back heel flick from Brian McBride, Chivas USA defenders allowed the Fire room to operate and the attack lead by... Read more »

Fire v Chivas USA Match Day

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Kinney, Brown, Conde, Umanzor M Ristic, Pause, Lowry, Pappa F Ljungberg, McBride Subs: Dykstra, Watson-Siriboe, Husidic, Bone, Nyarko, Carr, Castillo Chivas USA GK Thornton D Trujillo, Borja, Jazic, Bornstein M Espinoza, Nagamura, Zemanski, Flores F Braun, Padilla Subs: Guppy, de la Fuente, Lahoud, Romero, Zaragosa, Zizzo, Maldonado

Fire v Chivas USA Match Preview

A typical match preview is tough to put together when two teams that have nothing to play for are the combatants.  Similar to the Fire, Chivas USA is suffering through a miserable season with a new coach after qualifying for the playoffs in 2009.  They also played on Wednesday night and were victims of a Chris Wondolowski... Read more »

Big Shoes To Fill......

  It’s not going to be an easy offseason.  The retirement of a player who personifies the “Tradition, Honor, and Passion” that has become the club’s motto will leave a pair of large boots to fill in terms of leadership and professionalism.  While Brian McBride was universally respected as a National Team and MLS icon,... Read more »

CJ Brown To Retire

When asked about his plans for next season after the Kansas City match on October 12 CJ Brown suggested that he had not arrived at a decision yet.  It seems that Brian McBride’s final match this past weekend struck a chord with the future Ring Of Fire inductee.  According to this article Brown is retiring... Read more »