Archive for January 2014

Mathis officially added to coaching staff / Pappa to Seattle

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After a week of speculation, it’s now official. Clint Mathis has been added as an assistant coach. The former US International, World Cup veteran, and MLS star has been with the club all week in Ave Maria, Florida but an announcement was withheld as his contract was being finalized. Mathis’ appointment completes Frank Yallop’s full... Read more »

Yallop on Pappa: "They want way too much for that spot"

Frank Yallop threw cold water on the prospect of bringing Marco Pappa back into the side during a media conference call this afternoon. “It’s up to Seattle now to see what they want to do (via allocation),” said Yallop. The Fire looked into what it would take to move up in the allocation order but... Read more »

Playing the starting line up game

With first kick only 39 days away and teams gearing up by opening training camps it’s not too early to start looking at who might be in Frank Yallop’s starting eleven come March 9 in California. There may not be many surprises but there are at least two positions up for grabs between now and... Read more »

Monday notes - Preseason is here!

The polar vortex has cast its frigid net over the Chicago area but the Fire managed to escape to Florida yesterday morning to begin the first phase of training camp. Players reported for physicals at Toyota Park on Saturday and began light training in much warmer climes on Sunday (it was in the 70’s in... Read more »

Pre season is almost here - Yallop, Bliss, Brown talk 2014

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Frank Yallop, Brian Bliss, and CJ Brown hit on a variety of topics in a pre-season press conference this afternoon. Players report for physicals tomorrow and the team departs for Florida on Sunday and the top three decision makers on the Fire’s revamped technical staff were made available to discuss their plans going forward. You... Read more »

Fire's roster taking shape as camp approaches

As the start of training camp approaches clubs are gearing up for the new season. Some are making big waves (TFC, DC) while most others appear to be still searching before the MLS transfer window “officially” opens in February. The Superdraft helps flesh out some rosters and fill a few holes but aside from Toronto... Read more »

Fire add Mathis to coaching staff & more

This offseason probably won’t yield many big name reinforcements on the pitch but according to the Trib, the technical staff’s overhaul continues with the addition of former MLS and USMNT midfielder Clint Mathis to the coaching staff. Mathis has spent the last few seasons coaching youth camps for the Los Angeles Galaxy and providing television... Read more »

Fire add right back Franco via draft

The Fire went for a position of need in the annual MLS Superdraft and selected the best right back available with the 13th pick overall. UC-Irvine defender Marco Franco, who played his first three years in school at right back before moving to the middle in his senior year describes himself as an “attack minded... Read more »

Yallop may still be looking to deal - discusses the trade, draft, and DP's

Frank Yallop addressed the trade of Jalil Anibaba this afternoon via conference call with reporters and also discussed a variety of topics including depth on the back line, additional moves heading into the season, the club’s cap/budget situation, the draft, and his philosophy on landing a designated player. Let’s get right to the highlights: The... Read more »

Anibaba traded to Seattle for Hurtado, Ianni

Centerback has suddenly become a position of strength. The Fire needed to bolster the back line and it would appear that additional depth has been added to the middle of the defense with a trade that sends right back Jalil Anibaba to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for centerbacks Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni.... Read more »