Archive for February 2015

Fire 1 Timbers 1 - news and notes, Accam questionable for opener

The third draw in four preseason matches may raise some eyebrows after last season’s record breaking number of ties but Frank Yallop was happier with the performance in this match than he was after Sunday’s draw against Stabaek. “I thought the performance was very good in all departments,” said Yallop after the match. “We created some... Read more »

Fire draw Stabaek but Accam injured in debut

The Fire played to a 0-0 draw with Bob Bradley’s Stabaek IF but the bigger story on the night is injuries. David Accam finally made his debut with the team after missing the first phase of camp on national team duty but left the match in the 62nd minute with an apparent injury just before... Read more »

Midweek news and notes

Here’s a rundown of the goings on today as the 2015 season approaches. Assuming there is no work stoppage as a result of failed collective bargaining sessions the Fire will kick off for real in just a little over two weeks. The team trained at The Private Bank Fire Pitch over the last two days... Read more »

Fire winning MLS Cup? What are the odds?

Fire winning MLS Cup? What are the odds?
Let’s face it. One of the reasons professional and college football, basketball, and to a lesser extent baseball garner so much peripheral interest in this country is due to fact that one can wager on the outcomes of said contests. Soccer hasn’t come anywhere near reaching that element of US sports fandom but that hasn’t... Read more »

Fire close first phase of camp with 1-0 win over QPR

Quincy’s Amarikwa’s 15th minute goal held up to give the Fire a 1-0 win over Premier League side Queens Park Rangers this morning. The goal was set up via a combination play with Shaun Maloney and Harry Shipp. Those three players led the attack in Frank Yallop’s 4-3-3 with the middle three also looking a... Read more »

French midfielder Alou Diarra on trial with Fire

Reports surfaced overseas this morning that former France international Alou Diarra was close to signing with the Fire. While a contract signing may not be imminent, Diarra has joined the team for training beginning today. The midfielder has served as captain at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux and the French National Team over the course of... Read more »

Yallop on preseason opener, formations, & more

The Fire opened preseason with a 0-0 draw against Norwich City this morning. The final result wasn’t as important as the overall effort and Frank Yallop seemed to be pleased with what he saw from two different groups of eleven in each half against the second division English club. “After nine or so days of training,... Read more »

Segares retires, joins Academy staff

Segares retires, joins Academy staff
                Gonzalo Segares has announced his retirement as a player after ten professional seasons. Drafted by the Fire in the third round of the 2005 SuperDraft, Segares spent his entire career in Chicago with the exception of a stint with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol in 2010. A popular... Read more »

Fire announce camp roster for UK trip

The Fire have released the names on the training camp roster for the trip overseas and there are a few new names added to the list of guest players/trialists. Former Portland Timbers midfielder Franck Songo’o, Wilmington Hammerheads defender Albert Edward, and undrafted New Mexico defender Nick Miele round out the new additions. Mike Magee and... Read more »

With preseason about to kick off, how will the Fire line up?

The Fire arrived in the United Kingdom this morning after a seven hour delay due to weather. The team spent the first week of preseason training locally at the Bridgeview Sports Dome and the Private Bank Fire Pitch. They’ll practice at Norwich City’s Colney Training Centre from February 2-10 with a match against their hosts... Read more »