Archive for March 2016

Fire notebook - injuries, transfers, and more

In a coaching match-up of former players from each club flipped onto the opposing sideline, former Fire defender Jim Curtin will face off against former Union attacker Veljko Paunovic on Saturday. Chicago looks to be at less than full strength again and the home schedule that looked so favorable going into the season will be... Read more »

Fire notebook - prep for Union, Gehrig's return, Accam's status, and more

Former Fire defender Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union visit Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon in a confrontation between two rebuilding sides. The Union are off to a good start with two wins in their first three matches, including a victory over the Fire’s last opponent, the Columbus Crew. Veljko Paunovic talked about the upcoming... Read more »

Fire notebook - Injury update, Johnson's status, Campbell for USMNT, and more

David Accam won’t be participating in upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to a knee sprain but Veljko Paunovic and the Fire are hopeful that he will be ready for the team’s next match against the Union on April 2. Paunovic provided and update on his status during his weekly media conference call. “Hopefully he... Read more »

Fire 0 Crew SC 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 0 Crew SC 0 - recap and ratings
The Fire accomplished what they wanted to do defensively against the Columbus Crew. The 3-5-2 formation, which essentially places five defenders on the field was able to deny the Crew’s wide players the time and space needed to serve balls into Kei Kamara and limit Federico Higuain’s influence in the middle of the pitch. That... Read more »

Fire v Crew match preview

It’s early in the season, but the Fire will need to capitalize on playing four of the next five matches at home. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Columbus Crew in this week’s match preview. What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC A point is a point is a point. We told you... Read more »

Polster growing into leadership role

Polster growing into leadership role
Last Friday’s match in Orlando resulted in the Fire’s first point of the season. With Razvan Cocis starting on the bench, second year midfielder Matt Polster wore the captain’s armband. It could be an honor that Polster sees more often. The responsibility wasn’t lost on the the team’s first selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. “It’s... Read more »

Fire notebook - looking back at Orlando City, ahead to Columbus

It wasn’t enough to snap the club’s 26 game winless streak on the road but the Fire’s 1-1 draw in Orlando on Friday night was a welcome result after an opening weekend loss at home. Once again, the team showed some of the adaptability that Veljko Paunovic has been preaching since taking over the coaching... Read more »

Fire 1 Orlando City 1 - recap and ratings

After last week’s litany of break downs the Fire regrouped and looked a bit more like the side that finished preseason undefeated. Playing a man down for an hour forced a change in the 3-5-2 formation that struggled to start the game and forced a more compact and disciplined effort. The shift to a more... Read more »

Fire v Orlando City SC match preview

The Fire are looking to avoid a 26th straight league road game without a victory. A loss or draw against Orlando City SC would place them just one bad result short of equaling the all-time MLS record for consecutive futility away from home. Last season’s remarkable 0-12-5 mark away from Toyota Park will be hard... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on goalkeepers, Goossens, Gehrig, and Orlando City

Veljko Paunovic addressed the Fire’s goalkeeping situation, the status of John Goossens visa, the opening loss at home, the upcoming match, and more during his weekly conference call with media. Here’s the recap: On the NYCFC game plan and tactics “We wanted to play the way that we can win the game. We believed that... Read more »