Archive for January 2015

Maloney introduced, Busch returns, Fire back to CSN, and more news

The first day of training camp proved to be chock full of news with the introduction of new Designated Player Shaun Maloney, the surprise return of goalkeeper Jon Busch, and the announcement of a new TV rights deal with Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. The flurry of activity and news has started the 2015 season with a... Read more »

Maloney officially signs with the Fire

The Fire’s transfer deal for Shaun Maloney has been completed and the Scottish attacker will begin training with the team tomorrow morning. He will be introduced at a press conference to be streamed live at at 9:15 AM. As reported here Friday the deal with Wigan was agreed to late last week but the... Read more »

Maloney set to join the Fire

The speculation is over. Frank Yallop got his man. Shaun Maloney was one of the first players targeted as a possible addition during Yallop’s post season scouting mission and after a long courtship the deal is done. A source has confirmed to Fire Confidential, a BBC report this morning that Chicago and Wigan have agreed to... Read more »

Fire news and notes - Maloney update

During the Section 8 Chicago/ISA’s Annual General meeting this past weekend Fire brass updated supporters on a variety of topics during a Q&A session. Here’s a quick rundown of the highlights for those that were not in attendance: Frank Yallop, Brian Bliss, Atul Khosla, and Logan Pause all participated in the Q&A session. The pitch... Read more »

Fire partner with USLPro's Saint Louis FC

The deal has been generally agreed to since last fall but now it’s finally official. The Fire will partner with new USLPro side Saint Louis FC under the terms of MLS’ affiliate program. Clubs had the option of fielding their own teams in USLPro this season or partnering with a third division affiliate as MLS... Read more »

Fire select Matt Polster, Kingsley Bryce in SuperDraft

The Fire selected 7th and 28th in today’s annual MLS “SuperDraft” and came away with two additions that have been been playing relatively close to what could be their professional home. Matt Polster is a 6′-0″ defender from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville who made three appearances with the Fire PDL squad last year. The... Read more »

Yallop on Maloney, Chicharito, formations, and more

Reports across the pond indicate that Leicester City has secured a deal with Wigan for the services of midfielder Shaun Maloney but Frank Yallop isn’t closing the door on the Fire’s chances to acquire him just yet. Yallop told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon that the Fire still believe they are in play... Read more »

SuperDraft approaches as Fire near deal for Maloney

Leicester City’s reported offer of just over $1.1 million USD to Wigan for Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney was turned down last week and interest from Everton and Cetlic haven’t kept the Fire from remaining optimistic that they can secure his signature this January. Despite reports that Maloney prefers to stay in England it appears that... Read more »

Fire/MLS announce full 2015 schedule

With only two months remaining before the start of the regular season MLS has released the full fixture list for all teams. They’ve also announced that the playoff field will increase from 10 to 12 teams this coming season. Six teams from each conference will qualify for postseason and the knockout round will consist of... Read more »

Fire continue to bolster front line, add Guly do Prado

The Fire have signed strikers David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike this winter but still needed to add a different element to their attack with all of the main attackers (including Magee, Amarikwa, and Shipp) standing under 5′-10″. Frank Yallop now has some versatility on his bench with the addition of 6′-3″ Brazilian forward Guly do... Read more »