Archive for April 2016

Fire 1 DC United 1 - recap and ratings

Fire 1 DC United 1 - recap and ratings
Rough weather hindered both teams as the Fire and DC United played to a rain soaked 1-1 draw in cold and windy conditions at Toyota Park. With the exception of the April 16 match against the Montreal Impact, the Fire haven’t exactly been lucky with weather for their home matches so far this year. Results... Read more »

Fire v DC United match preview

Through six games the Fire are on a point per game pace that would land them outside of postseason again. MLS is forgiving when it comes to the amount of teams that qualify for the playoffs but continuing to drop points at home is a surefire recipe for a season end in October. The importance... Read more »

Fire GK review: Sean's house no more?

This past February the Chicago Fire signed goal keeper Matt Lampson after a preseason trial run. On the surface it seemed that he would be a player that would push incumbent starter Sean Johnson in training and get the occasional Open Cup start or fill in due to injury or national team call up. In... Read more »

Fire notebook - bye weeks, Accam update, DC, and more

The oddities of the MLS schedule has the Fire coming off of a bye week to face DC United, only to have another off weekend followed by a string of four games in ten days in May. The lack of games may help ease the loss of David Accam, who appears set to miss another... Read more »

Fire notebook - Accam recovery stalled, transfer reinforcements, line-up choices, and more

The Fire face a bye week before DC United visits Toyota Park on April 30. Until then they will use the additional time to conduct several two-a-day training sessions this week before returning to a routine schedule. One of the biggest concerns over the last few weeks has been the lack of effectiveness in the... Read more »

Impact 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

Impact 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings
On the good side, the Fire now have a new club record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal. The 411 minutes since the last opponent’s score in Orlando breaks the record set set by the 2009 team. On the not so good side, the Fire still can’t generate consistent offense and lost the possession... Read more »

Fire v Impact match preview

Fire Confidential’s preview guru takes a look at the Montreal Impact. Perfect weather, a shut-out streak, and a returning local favorite are all on tap for this one. Qui Sont-ils? Impact Montreal The first record of the Paunovic/Rodriguez era has been registered. After a 0-0 draw at Yankee stadium against NYCFC the Chicago Fire tied... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on scoring chances, new players, and Accam's status

The Fire aren’t panicked just yet about the lack of scoring this season. They’ve managed to shore up defensively since a 4-3 opening loss to New York City FC but a more conservative approach and the absence of David Accam due to injury have changed the look of the squad since then. During his weekly... Read more »

Fire 0 New York City FC 0 - recap and ratings

The Fire have equalled the all-time MLS record for consecutive winless games on the road (27 ties the 08-09 New York Red Bulls) but the numbers aren’t all bad after a 0-0 draw in New York City. The team’s third consecutive clean sheet and 356 minute run without allowing a goal is the second longest... Read more »

Fire v New York City FC match preview

The rematch of the season opener is on tap for Sunday (6pm on Fox Sports1) and Martin Tomszak is back with another look at New York City FC. The Fire will attempt to avoid another dubious record on the books. What Are They All About? NYCFC Victory at last! In what seemed like an away... Read more »