Archive for August 2014

Fire 1 FC Dallas 0 - recap and ratings

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What looked like it might be draw number fifteen for 82 minutes turned into a solid home win against the hottest team in the league. Robert Earnshaw’s score in the 83rd gave the Fire a 1-0 victory over an FC Dallas club that hadn’t lost since May 31. While the match wasn’t a work of... Read more »

Fire v FC Dallas match day

Starting line ups Fire GK Johnson D Palmer, Soumare, Larentowicz, Segares M Ward, Watson, Cocis, Alex F Nyassi, Amarikwa bench: Reynish, Ianni, Pause, Ritter, Shipp, Fondy, Earnshaw FC Dallas GK Fernandez D Benitez, Hedges, Loyd, Watson M Escobar, Ulloa, Acosta, Hollingshead F Castillo, Akindele bench: Sanchez, Cabrera, Hernandez, Garcia, Luccin, Span, Texeira

Fire move on after losing Jones, Nyarko back in full training, Fernandez added as Homegrown, and more

Frank Yallop didn’t hide his disappointment with losing Jermaine Jones to the New England Revolution but remained politically correct and avoided any direct criticism of the the league and the dubious circumstances that led to the now infamous “blind draw”. “Obviously, from a club point of view (we’re) very disappointed that we didn’t get him.... Read more »

Fire lose Jones to New England via MLS' three ring circus of player acquistion

The Jermaine Jones saga is thankfully over but it didn’t end the way the Fire were hoping for or expecting after Jones had apparently agreed to a deal with the league on Wednesday that would have landed him in Chicago. New England, the other team in pursuit of Jones also wanted him and Revolution owner... Read more »

Fire 2 Toronto FC 2 - recap and ratings

The Fire showed some fight in coming back from down a goal twice but the days of being satisfied with single points on the road are long past. Some solace can be taken in the effort against a competitive squad that outclassed Chicago for most of the first seventy minutes or so. That effort, however... Read more »

Impact 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

After a resounding defeat at the hands of the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, the Fire were hoping to make a move upward in the Eastern Conference standings against the bottom dwellers in the table. Chicago came into the match only two points out of the fifth spot in... Read more »

Fire add veteran forward Robert Earnshaw

After coming up empty in their search for a forward during the transfer window the technical staff has been plying the free transfer market in hopes of finding some help. With plenty of international spots spots available and only three strikers on the roster it was just a matter of time before they found someone.... Read more »

Fire embarrassed in USOC semi-final debacle

Just when you thought a 5-1 loss to San Jose on July 23 was the low point of the season, the Fire continue to find ways to shock supporters with yet an even bigger sham. A 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Sounders leaves little to look forward to but the false hope... Read more »

As Fire prep for USOC semi-final it may be time to forget about Jermaine Jones

The Fire will have an opportunity to reach the seventh US Open Final in club history but they’ll have to beat a team they have yet to defeat in any competition. Since coming into the league in 2009 the Fire are 0-7-3 against Seattle including a loss in 2011’s US Open Cup Final. If the... Read more »

Fire 1 Red Bulls 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire’s second win of the season at Toyota Park has pulled them to within two points of 5th place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. A hard fought team win wasn’t high on flash but did show that Chicago is capable of completing and closing out a good defensive outing. On the other side of... Read more »