Archive for September 2015

Fire notebook - Bliss on Shipp's best position, Gilberto, tactics & more

After taking over the coaching duties from Frank Yallop last Monday morning, Brian Bliss didn’t have much time to prepare or change things significantly before a match in Montreal last Wednesday followed by another game in Toronto on Saturday. Two training sessions before facing the Impact, and another two before taking on TFC prompted similar... Read more »

Toronto FC 3 Fire 2 - recap and ratings

One thing has been constant all season. The 2015 Fire will find a way to lose. In games where the offense has faltered and failed to put away chances, the defense was slightly better but still gave up that one crushing blow. In matches where the offense clicked and they did manage to create something,... Read more »

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

The nonsensical playoff talk can finally be silenced as the Fire try to avoid a staggering 20 loss season. The current total of 17 is already an MLS worst and all-time club high – or low depending on your perspective. Martin Tomszak previews Toronto FC led by the player who appears to be the sure... Read more »

Impact 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

Frank Yallop may be gone but the look and the results weren’t any different for the Fire. A 2-1 loss in Montreal featured many of the issues that were evident during the first 29 games of the season. Lack of finishing when given chances, no possession coupled with weak midfield play, and the seemingly inevitable... Read more »

Fire v Impact match preview

The Fire may have a different look on the pitch with Brian Bliss at the helm. They’ll face Didier Drogba again after a defensive fiasco a few weeks ago. Martin Tomszak is back with another Impact preview.  C’est la Fin des Haricots: La Troisième Rencontre avec Montréal And then there were none. The first time... Read more »

Yallop out - What changes this time around?

After less than two full seasons at the helm, Frank Yallop is out as Head Coach and Director of Soccer. The Fire have parted ways with Yallop and assistants Clint Mathis and Marc Bircham. Technical Director Brian Bliss and Vice President Logan Pause have been handed the first team reins for the last five games... Read more »

Orlando City 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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As the Fire inch closer to mathematical elimination from playoff contention it’s obvious that something just isn’t right with this club. Their second loss at home this season to expansion Orlando City SC was a case study in the type of loss that has come to be standard operating procedure at Toyota Park. A large... Read more »

Fire v Orlando City match preview

The Fire and Orlando City SC will meet for a fourth and final time this season (assuming that they don’t meet in the playoffs). Martin Tomszak takes yet another look at the Lions, who could be without Kaka in this match. And yeah, the playoff remark is not to be taken seriously. What Are They... Read more »

New podcast - Evan Whitfield reviews the season

It’s been a while since the last podcast. Former Fire defender and television analyst Evan Whitfield joined us earlier this season and now he’s back to take a look at what’s gone wrong in 2015. The topics include the possibility of yet another roster overhaul, supporter discontent, formations and tactics, Hunter Jumper’s recent comments, and... Read more »

Fire notebook - Jumper, injury update, Magee's 2016 status, and more

The Fire have six games remaining this season but the attention over the weekend came from former Fire defender Hunter Jumper’s twitter account. His comments didn’t put the organization in a good light and certainly didn’t do much for the previous technical staff. Frank Yallop addressed the rant during his weekly conference call although, as... Read more »