Archive for February 2012

Fire defeat Crew in CCC preseason play

The Fire snapped a three game preseason losing (and scoreless streak) with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in Carolina Challenge Cup play.  Chicago went without Sebastian Grazzini, Cory Gibbs, Austin Berry, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa, Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko, Orr Barouch, and Sean Johnson but still managed to pick up all three points... Read more »

Fire lose first CC Cup match 1-0

The Fire dropped their third consecutive preseason match after a 1-0 loss to DC United in the Carolina Challenge Cup opener.  Chicago controlled most of the possession and had the better of the chances throughout the first 60 minutes of the match but failed to convert on several excellent opportunities. DC ‘keeper Joe Willis guessed... Read more »

Weekend Notes - Carolina Challenge Cup Edition

With the Fire set to take on DC United for the second time this preseason on Saturday at 4pm, Frank Klopas addressed several issues during his weekly media conference call.  The Fire coach talked about the release of midfielder Ivan Guerrero, progress made by this year’s rookie class, Adolfo Bautista, and the possibility of adding... Read more »

2012 Reserve League schedule announced

Just like last season, the MLS Reserve League will be split up into three different divisions with each club playing ten matches.  An initial Reserve League playoff plan was scrapped in 2011 and there are no plans to introduce it this season.  The team with the highest point total will be crowned league “champion”. The... Read more »

Fire fall to San Jose

The Fire wrapped up the California portion of pre-season training with a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.  A third minute goal by Steven Lenhart and another score in the thirty-eighth from Brad Ring provided all of the scoring in a 75 minute match.  The Fire created a few chances but couldn’t break through... Read more »

Weekend Notes - Fire v Earthquakes

The Fire will close out the second phase of preseason training with concurrent games against the San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow morning at 11am 11:30 am.  The club will be split up into two teams with most of the starters seeing action in the main match. will provide streaming audio play-by-play of the “A” game.... Read more »

Fire suffer first defeat of preseason

The Fire were defeated for the first time in 2012 pre-season play by losing to the Portland Timbers 2-0.  The match was extended to 120 minutes of play in an attempt to get both sides a look at different players vying for roster spots.  Frank Klopas also extended most of the starting eleven to 60... Read more »

CJ Brown - Ring of Fire Inductee 2012

It was just a matter of time. The Fire announced today that CJ Brown, the club’s all-time leader in games and minutes played will be inducted into the Ring of Fire this season.  The induction ceremony will take place at half-time of the May 9 match against Brown’s current team Real Salt Lake. “It’s truly... Read more »

Fire Stay Unbeaten in Preseason : Beat Chivas 1-0

The Fire defeated Chivas USA 1-0 in the first match of the “California” phase of pre-season.  An unassisted 49th minute goal from Daniel Paladini was all they needed to improve their exhibition record to 3-0-1 so far in 2012.  Chivas USA had the better of the play in the first half but failed to capitalize... Read more »

Fire v Chivas USA plus Weekend Notes

The Fire will take on Chivas USA tomorrow afternoon at 2pm cdt and fans will be happy to hear that the club will provide a live audio stream of the action at  Brendan Hannan will handle the play by play duties and Jeff Crandall will chip in with sideline reports. Here are a few... Read more »