Archive for December 2015

Happy 2016 from Fire Confidential

Last New Year’s Eve I wrote that results on the field had to be better than they were in 2015, but somehow they actually went backwards. Unfortunately for the Fire (and all of you), 2015 was the worst season in team history despite the addition of three new Designated Players. That failure has precipitated yet... Read more »

Fire notebook - rumor rundown, internationals, and more

With mostly silence emanating from Toyota Park over the last few weeks, it’s a sure thing that January will be a busy month. There are currently 15 players on the roster but there’s no guarantee all of those names will be around come the first day of camp in just over four weeks either. Rumors... Read more »

Fire notebook - Opening opponent named, preseason, and more

Major League Soccer has announced 2016 home openers for all 20 teams. Every club will be in action on Sunday, March 6 with the Fire starting the season off against New York City FC at Toyota Park at 1PM. The entire schedule is expected to be released on or about January 7. Pre-season With Chicago... Read more »

Fire add Conner, Calistri as Homegrown Players - Is it time for a USL squad?

Fire Academy Director Larry Sunderland may be gone, but the club will continue to see his efforts realized in first team additions over the next few years via the Homegrown Player rule. The latest players to be promoted to the big roster are University of Wisconsin midfielder Drew Conner, and Northwestern forward Joey Calistri. The... Read more »

Fire Academy Director Sunderland leaving the Club

The Chicago Fire Academy has been one of club’s biggest positives over the last several years. While the first team has foundered, the Academy has been able to find success on the field. The Homegrown player pool has produced some talent with more prospects on the way and several in collegiate soccer. Fire Confidential has... Read more »

Vela to MLS still in the works

The Carlos Vela to MLS rumor mill is still churning despite the player’s social media dousing of the topic last week. Vela started, and played 68 minutes for Real Sociedad on Sunday while his agent met with MLS and the Colorado Rapids over the weekend. According to, the league is offering somewhere in the... Read more »

Fire notebook - MLS draft season begins

Now that MLS Cup has put the finishing touch on the 2015 MLS season it’s time to start preparing for next year. There isn’t much down time in the off season with training camps set to begin at the end of next month. The Waiver Draft will take place on Wednesday, followed by the first... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Nelson Rodriguez

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Nelson Rodriguez
The latest episode of the podcast features the Fire’s new General Manager Nelson Rodriguez. Following the formal introduction of Veljko Paunovic as the new coach, Rodriguez sat down to address a wide range of topics including the timeline for implementing his plan in Chicago, a Fire USL side, the team’s medical staff, roster, Carlos Vela... Read more »