Archive for October 2013

Yallop takes the reins as Director of Soccer and Head Coach

Fire owner Andrew Hauptman introduced former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop as the club’s Director of Soccer and new head coach this morning at a press conference held downtown. Along with the newly created title, Yallop will have the final say on all player personnel decisions and will oversee the entire football operation from... Read more »

Klopas and Leon out as Hauptman cleans house

On the 15th anniversary of the Fire’s “double” in 1998, owner Andrew Hauptman has relieved head coach Frank Klopas and President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon of their duties. Both have been fixtures as decision makers with the club since the beginning of Hauptman’s tenure as owner. Leon joined the Fire one day after Andell... Read more »

Klopas out as coach

As reported by various outlets tonight, Frank Klopas is out as coach of the Fire. Klopas was named as Technical Director in 2008 before taking over for Carlos De Los Cobos behind the bench in May of 2011. It seems a failure to qualify for the playoffs this weekend was the deciding factor in the... Read more »

Red Bulls 5 Fire 2 - recap and ratings

It looked like the Fire were going to stand toe to toe with the New York Red Bulls after an entertaining and open first half that ended level at one goal apiece. After DC United failed to get anything from Houston at home and the Crew fell to New England for the second consecutive week,... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Berry, Soumare, Anibaba M Duka, Arevalo Rios, Alex, Nyarko F Magee, Anangono Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Pause, Paladini, Lindpere, Rolfe, Amarikwa Red Bulls GK Robles D Carney, Olave, Sekagya, Holgersson M Steele, Luyindula, McCarty, Sam F Cahill, Henry Bench: Meara, Miazga, Kimura, Barklage, Alexander, Espindola, Wright-Phillips

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

Win and you’re in. If only it was that easy. If earlier results don’t go their way the Fire will need to earn a result against the Eastern Conference’s top team. With every Eastern Conference match completed before the end of the Fire-New York game, we’ll know by half time whether the Fire have clinched... Read more »

Sunday's clash in NY shaping up for playoff atmosphere

Are the Fire a playoff team? Their 12-5-5 record over the last five months would lead you to believe that they are. The mathematical odds seem to indicate that they are. The fact that they’re above the red line with one game remaining would suggest so. The possibility does exist however, that Chicago could be left... Read more »

Fire 1 Toronto FC 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire needed a win and they delivered again with the clock winding down on the 2013 regular season. The victory pushes them into 4th place in the Eastern Conference but doesn’t secure a playoff spot. By virtue of New England’s win over Columbus, the Fire have yet to clinch a post season berth. Chicago... Read more »

Fire v Toronto FC match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares M Nyarko, Rios, Larentowicz, Duka F Magee, Anangono Bench: Tornaghi, Jumper, Alex, Lindpere, Paladini, Pause, Rolfe Toronto FC GK Frei D Morgan, Henry, Caldwell, Bloom M Lambe, Bekker, Osorio, Rey F Dike, Earnshaw Bench: Roberts, Agbossoumonde, Elmer, Richter, Thomas, Braun, Wiedeman

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

The Fire hold their fate in their own hands. Win and you’re in. Victories over Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls to close the season will ensure that Chicago participates in post season play for the second consecutive year. A win over New York next weekend may not even be mandatory if results... Read more »