Archive for November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fire decline option on Pause but look to keep him with the club

With today’s deadline for clubs to notify MLS if player options are being renewed for 2014 it’s possible that captain Logan Pause may have played his last game for the Fire. Frank Yallop declined the 2014 option on the veteran midfielder thereby making him eligible for December’s Re-Entry draft. Yallop told that he’s still... Read more »

MLS 2014 schedule announced - Fire open March 9 at Chivas USA

Will wonders never cease? MLS has announced the complete 2014 season schedule and 2013 isn’t even over yet. The fixture list features a two week break from June 12 through the 24th for the World Cup and a consistent Friday night time slot on NBC Sports network from June 27 through the final weekend of... Read more »

Fire decline option on Arevalo Rios, waive Tornaghi

The first two official moves of the Frank Yallop era are in the books. The Fire have announced that they are declining the option on midfielder Egidio Arevalo Rios and that goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi has been waived. Rios appeared in 9 games for the club and his release comes as no surprise considering that he... Read more »

Magee named MVP finalist, Forbes lists Fire as 8th most valuable MLS franchise

MLS has named Mike Magee as one of the three finalists for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. Voters made up of three categories (players, clubs, and media) determined that trio of Magee, Marco Di Vaio, and Robbie Keane were the top candidates for the honor. The winner will be announced on December 5, two days... Read more »

Final 2013 ratings - no surprise, Magee tops the list

Looking back at the 2013 season and its numerous missed opportunities one can only imagine what could have been with one more point earned somewhere/anywhere pushing the Fire into the playoffs. With Supporter’s Shield winning New York already out of the picture, the East is still the toss-up it was during the regular season. Sporting... Read more »

News and notes - pizza bashing, new hires, and Hauptman's email to supporters

With the MLS playoffs on hiatus due to an international break and Frank Yallop working on filling out his technical staff domestic soccer news has been a bit slow around these parts for the last few days. Here are a few nuggets to discuss over the weekend…… Yallop was a guest on the All-In podcast... Read more »

Johnson gets USMNT call up, Magee snubbed

Sean Johnson will join the US Men’s National Team for friendlies in Scotland on Friday and another in Austria on Tuesday. Johnson was one of three goalkeepers called in by Jurgen Klinsmann. Tim Howard and DC United’s Bill Hamid were the other two. Klinsmann called in a good portion of what will probably be his... Read more »

Yallop meets with team, looks ahead to 2014

Players didn’t train this week due to a collective bargaining agreement rule that prohibits non-playoff teams from practicing past Wednesday but most of the squad was still in town for exit physicals and individual interviews with new Director of Soccer and Head Coach Frank Yallop. As of today however, the offseason officially begins with players... Read more »

Fire/Yallop have big decisions to make for 2014

The Fire organization is in the midst of massive change and the wheels continued to turn yesterday with the departures of assistant coaches Mike Matkovich and Leo Percovich, goalkeeper’s coach Aron Hyde, and Director of Scouting Rafael Carmona. The moves weren’t surprising considering the nature of the business. New coaches typically bring in their own... Read more »