Archive for February 2016

Fire keep optimism alive with 2-0 win over Portland

The Fire passed their biggest test of the preseason with a tactically sound victory over the MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers. A switch from a formation that often featured five defenders in the first half, to the team’s more conventional set-up in the second, allowed the team to stifle the home team while absorbing pressure... Read more »

Fire v Timbers preseason match preview plus more Goossens

Sources have confirmed that Dutch midfielder John Goossens has agreed to a contract with the club, although it appears that the deal hasn’t been signed yet. That formality is keeping an official announcement from being made. Goalkeeper Matt Lampson was announced as the team’s 22nd signed player this morning and there will be more on... Read more »

Fire continue preseason roll with 4-0 win over Minnesota

It may not mean much come March 6, but this Fire team continues to look more prepared, disciplined, and competitive than they did at any point last season. Results during preseason aren’t necessarily an indication that the good times will continue once the games start to count, but a young team looking to build confidence... Read more »

Fire v Minnesota United FC - preseason match preview

Prepare for the Fire’s penultimate preseason match with another preview by Martin Tomszak. What Are They All About? Minnesota United   The revolution continues! Veljko Paunovic and the Chicago Fire find themselves on a bit of a hot streak after defeating Vancouver in the first match of the Simple Invitational this past Sunday. It may... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on Goossens, Accam, high pressure, and more

The Fire have three wins from three scheduled preseason games so far but there’s still work to do on and off the pitch. Dutch midfielder John Goossens has had an impressive two week run. His wonder goal on Thursday night against the University of Portland and the cool finish against Vancouver followed a good run... Read more »

Fire top Whitecaps 3-2

Preseason results will mean very little when March 6 rolls around but for a team that needs to build confidence, the Fire will take victories any time they can. After wins against the University of South Florida and the Philadelphia Union, one of the better teams in the Western Conference would certainly provide a better... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Peter Wilt

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Peter Wilt
Former Fire General Manager Peter Wilt joins us in the newest episode of the Fire Confidential Live podcast. Wilt hits on his newest venture launching a Chicago NASL club, supporter investment, competing with the Fire and Fire supporters, his time at the helm in MLS, and interviews with two other MLS clubs after leaving the... Read more »

Fire v Whitecaps - preseason match preview

If this were a regular season contest, the odds would be stacked against the Fire. As it is, anything can happen in preseason when clubs are trying to regain fitness and work on different elements of the side. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the Fire’s opponent on Sunday. (4:30 CT at Read more »

Fire target Dutch attacker de Leeuw

Sending Harry Shipp to Montreal has opened up a spot in the line up for an attacking midfielder capable of serving in a playmaker’s role behind Gilberto. Fire Confidential has learned that Chicago is going back to FC Groningen in pursuit of another player from that squad. Centerback Johan Kappelhof could be joined by former... Read more »

Fire notebook - Shipp trade, replacements, trialists, and more

The Harry Shipp trade was once again a topic of discussion during Veljko Paunovic’s weekly press conference call. The Fire’s head coach reiterated that the reasoning for the move was not based on a lack of ability on the player’s part, but more about fitting into the system he is looking to implement. Here’s more... Read more »