Archive for June 2013

Fire win 5-1 - advance to USOC semi-final

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Two wins away from a trophy and CONCACAF Champions League play in 2014. The Fire advanced to the US Open Cup semi-finals by defeating USL-Pro side Orlando City SC 5-1. Strong performances from Sean Johnson, Chris Rolfe, Patrick Nyarko, and Dilly Duka pushed the Fire past the giant-slaying underdog darlings of this year’s tournament. Johnson... Read more »

USOC match day - Fire v Orlando City

Starting Line Ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares M Nyarko, Alex, Larentowicz, Duka F Rolfe, Magee Bench: Tornaghi, Lindpere, MacDonald, Paladini, Santos, Thompson, Videira Orlando City SC GK Gallardo D Songo’o, Burke, Boden, Valentino M Pulis, Mbengue, O’Connor, Molino F Dwyer, Tan Bench: Kempin, Diakhite, Duke, Chin, Alexandre

Fire 2 Crew 1 - recap and ratings

With Arne Friedrich’s retirement serving as the news of the day on Sunday, I held back on posting the ratings in order to give the veteran defender his due. Now that the announcement has been made we return to regularly scheduled programming. Wins on the road aren’t easy to come by in MLS. The Fire’s... Read more »

Arne Friedrich retires

Herniated discs have forced defender Arne Friedrich into retirement. The Fire’s 2012 Defender of the Year confirmed via his personal website this morning that he was terminating his contract with Chicago and retiring effective immediately. After injuring his back and hamstring shortly before the season opener, Friedrich traveled to Germany to receive treatment from a... Read more »

Fire v Crew match preview

Here we go again. It’s the Fire versus Columbus for the third time this season. The first encounter on April 20 was won by Chicago in what was arguably the Fire’s best overall game of the season up to that point. The second match, just over a week ago in the US Open Cup tournament... Read more »

Is the Fire better with Rolfe out wide?

During Chicago’s USOC fourth round matchup against the Columbus Crew last week, Dilly Duka took a knock to the head in the first half that left him a bit out of sorts. He played on but was subbed out at halftime of a level match that Chicago would eventually go on to win. Much of... Read more »

Fire 2 Rapids 1 - recap and ratings

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The post has been friendly to the Fire in the last two MLS matches. Portland found the woodwork three times last week and the Rapids found it twice in this match. It seems fortunes have turned a bit for the Fire with the some of the “luck” that worked against them early in the season... Read more »

Fire v Rapids match preview

The Fire appear to be catching another club at just the right time with the Colorado Rapids coming into Toyota Park at less than full strength. The Rapids weren’t expected to contend for much in the West this season but at 5-5-5 they’ve overachieved amid a string of injuries and reliance on several young players.... Read more »

Carlton Cole to MLS? - Fire in pursuit

With the summer transfer window quickly approaching MLS clubs are looking outside of the league for reinforcements. The Fire have been in the market for an upgrade at the striker position for what seems like an eternity with last year’s mid-season designated player addition Sherjill MacDonald falling out of favor and Dominic Oduro being shipped... Read more »

Notes from this weekend

Here are a few notes of interest from the last three days and the next few coming up. Reserves lose to Charlotte The Fire dispatched the Charlotte Eagles in USOC play a few weeks ago but the Reserves dropped a 2-1 decision on Friday night. Quincy Amarikwa scored the only goal for the Fire just... Read more »