Archive for November 2012

Cory Gibbs retires

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The Fire announced the retirement of centerback Cory Gibbs today.  The 12 year veteran suffered a knee injury early in the season that initially ruled him out of action for 4-6 months.  After apparently recuperating quickly from the surgery Gibbs was optimistic about a possible return this summer but the knee did not respond as... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanskgiving everyone! Thanks for making my third season of Chicago Fire Confidential a fun one! After the announcement that Austin Berry had won the MLS Rookie of the Year award a couple of other interesting stories have come to light. Jalil Anibaba is in Spain training with the Fire’s “strategic alliance” partner Atletico Madrid... Read more »

Berry wins Rookie of the Year, Pause also collects award

Austin Berry has been the named the winner of 2012’s MLS Rookie of the Year award by a relatively wide margin.  Berry was the leading vote getter among media, front office, and players easily outdistancing second place finisher Nick DeLeon.  The central defender earned 57% of the media vote compared to DeLeon’s 26%, won the... Read more »

MLS award finalists announced - Berry, Pause nominated

Major League Soccer announced the finalists for their 2012 year end awards and the Fire are represented in three categories.  As expected, Austin Berry is a finalist for the league’s Rookie of the Year award.  He should beat out DC’s Nick DeLeon and Vancouver’s Darren Mattocks when the winner is announced on Monday.  The Fire... Read more »

Mid week notes - training ends, Nyarko honored

The Fire’s season will officially end this Thursday when the club holds its last training session of 2012.  Most clubs in MLS train for a week or two after their seasons conclude and use the time to help make final evaluations before the offseason kicks into high gear with the re-entry draft, college draft, and... Read more »

2012 season ratings - Friedrich top field player

Now that the Fire’s 2012 season has been completed we can take our annual look back at individual player ratings over the course of the entire season.  The cumulative ratings at the half way mark identified the top performers through the first seventeen games of the season and as you can imagine, there aren’t many surprises when... Read more »

Friedrich to return in 2013

Well that didn’t take long. The Fire have announced that veteran defender Arne Friedrich has re-signed with the club for 2013.  Friedrich stated last Wednesday night that his intentions were to remain in Chicago and the Fire reciprocated quickly.  After recovering from a back injury in 2011 that led to his arrival in MLS, the 33... Read more »

Friedrich looks to return in 2013, more post season notes

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Following the Fire’s 2-1 loss to Houston last Wednesday night Arne Friedrich told reporters that he’s interested in playing one more season in Chicago.  When the German centerback and World Cup veteran signed with the Fire last March he made it clear that he was going to evaluate his future on a yearly basis and it... Read more »

Post game/post season notes

The Fire locker room was predictably subdued on Wednesday night following the loss to Houston leading to their elimination from post-season competition and a shot at MLS Cup.  The club was left looking for answers after a promising run of good form disappeared in the final month of the season only to be replaced by inconsistency featuring... Read more »

Dynamo 2 Fire 1 - Season ends abruptly

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This wasn’t the end the Fire were envisioning a month ago when they pulled to within one win of first place in the Eastern Conference.  Houston knocked the Fire out of MLS postseason play with a 2-1 victory at Toyota Park and exposed the fact that the team still has some growing to do before... Read more »