Archive for June 2016

With Gilberto gone, what's next for the Fire?

Another summer, another failed Designated Player by the wayside. Today’s announcement that the Fire and recently absent forward Gilberto have agreed to mutually part company and terminate the Brazilian’s contract opens up new possibilities for this summer and beyond. Gilberto and his agent have been looking for a move back to Brazil for several weeks... Read more »

Fire defeat Crew, advance to USOC Quarterfinals

A first half brace from David Accam was enough to propel Chicago past Columbus 2-1 and move the Fire into the US Open Cup Quarterfinals on July 20. Accam found space in the 7th minute and placed a perfect shot into the net from just outside of the penalty area after taking a pass from... Read more »

Fire v Crew - USOC match preview

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC Open Cup After a roller coaster of emotions, the Chicago Fire ultimately fell 4-3 against the Philadelphia Union in their last league outing. Veljko Paunovic’s calls for a renewal of energy and attitude were somewhat answered by the Fire players in their first multi-goals match since the... Read more »

Fire notebook - USOC round of 16, Polster still out, and more

The Fire’s best chance at hardware this season still lies in a chance to win a fifth US Open Cup title. A familiar foe visits Toyota Park on Tuesday and Columbus Crew SC looks to be vulnerable while sitting just ahead of Chicago in the regular season table. Veljko Paunovic talked about preparation for the... Read more »

Union 4 Fire 3 - recap and ratings

David Accam’s goal in the second minute made it seem like the Fire were going to exhibit a renewed winning ‘mentality’ on the road after Veljko Paunovic’s impassioned words earlier in the week. That hope lasted all of about 9 minutes when the Union tied the game and went on to score four unanswered goals... Read more »

Fire v Union match preview

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union (Away) The streak continues. Chicago lost yet another road match as the Fire fell 2-1 against the Colorado Rapids this past Saturday. Veljko Paunovic was visibly angry as he and his players walked off the pitch in Commerce City and his weekly conference call showed hints of deviating... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic changes tone, injuries mount

Perhaps it was the frustration of a late goal in Colorado leading to a 2-1 loss and a 31st consecutive match on the road without a victory, but Veljko Paunovic’s tone on Monday was different from previous weekly media conference calls. In the weeks and months leading up to this past Saturday’s match, Paunovic has... Read more »

Fire v Rapids match preview

Martin Tomszak is back with another match preview. The Fire are in Colorado to take on the team at the top of the Western Conference. What are they all about? Colorado Rapids preview It took 120 minutes and PKs, but the Chicago Fire beat Indy Eleven and advanced to the fifth round of the Open... Read more »

Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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The Fire survived some tense moments and plenty of wasted chances to outlast Indy Eleven in penalty kicks in a US Open Cup fourth round matchup. David Accam scored an equalizer in the 111th minute and provided the decisive penalty kick after the two sides remained deadlocked following 120 minutes of less than scintillating soccer.... Read more »

Fire hope de Leeuw can help cure scoring woes

Fire hope de Leeuw can help cure scoring woes
Goals have been hard to come by in 2016 but the Fire hope their newest addition can help bolster the team’s offensive production that is all too reliant on David Accam. Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw has finally arrived in Chicago after a long courtship. In describing himself as a “nine-and-a-half” during his introductory press... Read more »