Archive for March 2014

Fire 2 DC United 2 - recap and ratings

The Fire aren’t playing horribly. That being said they’re not exactly playing well either. It’s somewhere in between and probably good enough to earn draws, which is exactly what they’ve done over the last three matches. The New York game was an improvement over the outing in Portland where they were probably fortunate to get... Read more »

Fire v DC United match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Watson, Soumare, Hurtado, Cochrane M Shipp, Larentowicz, Alex, Joya F Amarikwa, Magee Bench: Reynish, Ianni, Pause, Nyarko, Rolfe, Anangono, Gentile DCU GK Hamid D Franklin, Parke, Boswell, Fernandez M Neal, Kitchen, Silva, Deleon F Espindola, Johnson Bench: Dykstra, Attakora, Kemp, Arnaud, Jeffrey, Caskey, Doyle

Fire v DC United match preview

DC United went through an overhaul this offseason in an attempt to reinvent themselves after a historically bad 2013. So far the result of those changes has been a repeat of the same outcomes however. An 0-2 start after an opening day 3-0 slapping from Columbus at home and a 1-0 road defeat at Toronto... Read more »

Watson shows value with versatility

When Matt Watson was traded to Chicago in exchange for an international roster spot from Vancouver few Fire supporters knew who he was. The Englishman, a listed midfielder who made 36 appearances over two seasons for Vancouver, came into Chicago on March 5th, 4 days before the start of the 2014 campaign...

Fire notebook - reserves, expansion, tv, radio, and a whole lot more

The Fire Reserves played their first match of the season yesterday. A 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls featured a mix of bench players and Fire Academy products. Giuseppe Gentile scored a brace to provide the difference. Victor Pineda played ninety minutes and his brother Mauricio also got into the match. Grant Lillard,... Read more »

Fire 1 Red Bulls 1 - recap and ratings

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Both teams came into this match with identical 0-1-1 records and plenty of room for improvement. This game wasn’t artful by any means but the result was probably a fair one. New York enjoyed a possession advantage but the Fire had the better of the chances from the run of play. After an early sixth... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Segares, Soumare, Hurtado, Watson M Joya, Larentowicz, Alex, Shipp F Amarikwa, Magee Bench: Reynish, Franco, Ianni, Pause, Pineda, Anangono, Gentile Red Bulls GK Robles D Miller, Sekagya, Olave, Eckersley M Sam, McCarty, Alexander, Steele F Cahill, Henry Bench: Meara, Kimura, Miazga, Convey, Bover, Luyindula, Wright-Phillips

Ward officially a Fire player

The Fire have finalized a loan deal for Tottenham midfielder Grant Ward. The 19 year old impressed the technical staff during a trial period in preseason but suffered a broken foot while training in England as the Fire and Tottenham were close to getting a deal done. Ward underwent surgery to repair a fractured fifth... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

Last season’s Supporter’s Shield winners are off to a rough start. After getting pounded by Vancouver in a 4-1 road loss to open 2014, the Red Bulls underwhelmed at home last weekend in a 1-1 draw against Colorado. Earlier this week coach Mike Petke cited a lack of creativity and work rate as reasons for... Read more »

About those cf97 rumors...

This past weekend seemed to be chock full of Fire related rumors and speculation. The hottest of those rumors centered around an alleged “bust up” between Mike Magee and Frank Yallop that took place before the Chivas USA match which led to the league’s reigning MVP being benched for the first two games of the... Read more »