Archive for March 2013

Fire drop 1-0 decision to NASL side Minnesota

The Fire have piled a little more pressure on themselves going into the April 7 contest against the New York Red Bulls by dropping a 1-0 decision to second division side Minnesota United FC. Frank Klopas used many of his regulars to begin the match but Minnesota was able to stay level at the half.... Read more »

Friedrich returns, Leon addresses slow start

The player that could be the most important piece in correcting the Fire’s defensive woes over the first four games of the season returned to practice today at Toyota Park. Arne Friedrich trained with the club for the first time since returning from Germany where he sought to further rehabilitate his injured right hamstring. “It’s... Read more »

Fire reserves drop opener

The Fire opened up the 2013 Reserve League schedule with a 2-1 defeat in Columbus this morning. The team only traveled thirteen players due to injuries and international call-ups and the side consisted of a mix of bench players, academy products, and trialists. The Fire’s only goal was scored by Colin Rolfe in the 62nd... Read more »

Chivas USA 4 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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It’s going to be a long two weeks. The Fire don’t play another MLS regular season game until April 7 against the New York Red Bulls. It will take that long to erase the sour taste of a 4-1 loss to Chivas USA at Toyota Park after controlling much of the first half. The loss... Read more »

Fire v Chivas USA match preview

A lot of the attention going into this match will be focused on Chivas USA coach José Luis Sánchez Solá, better known as El Chelís in football circles. The quotable and entertaining Chivas boss has brought a rare flair into MLS as a character that has certainly added some much needed color into the relatively... Read more »

Mid week notes - Pause trains, Tornaghi starts in goal

The Fire seem to have stumbled onto an epidemic of injuries at the right back spot but may get some help this weekend if team captain Logan Pause is able to return to the line-up. Pause returned to training last week but the club felt it was too early in his recovery to insert him... Read more »

US names roster for WC Qualifiers - Sean Johnson called

The Fire will be without starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson this coming weekend against Chivas USA. The 23 year old ‘keeper in his fourth season with the club has been recalled by Jurgen Klinsmann for the US Men’s National Team’s World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico on the 22nd and 26th respectively. Johnson was... Read more »

Fire 0 Sporting KC 0 - recap and ratings

It wasn’t pretty but the Fire managed to overcome an overwhelming Sporting Kansas City advantage in the stat line to cling to a 0-0 draw and earn their first point of the 2013 season. Frank Klopas’ game plan was defensive and cautious and it worked well enough to get a result in a difficult place... Read more »

Fire v Sporting KC match preview

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Training Notes - Kinney out, Pause returns

The Fire are looking to register their elusive first goal and points of the 2013 campaign when they take on Sporting Kansas City in a Saturday matinee match on NBC Sports. The club’s slow start has left fans disappointed and wondering where the spark is that helped them qualify for the 2012 playoffs while establishing... Read more »