Archive for July 2016

Igboananike traded to DC

Igboananike traded to DC
It just wouldn’t be a Fire soccer season without one or two failed Designated Players. Another DP is moving on from Chicago. First Gilberto was dismissed and now Kennedy Igboananike is on his way to DC United. Igboananike was traded to DC in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money and DC’s third round selection in the 2019... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

What Are They All About? New York Red Bull Well, one of the best away match performances of the season still left Chicago on a return flight home without any points. In their last match Chicago surrendered a late goal to New England which secured a 1-0 loss and ensured that Chicago’s haunting road streak... Read more »

Fire notebook - NYRB test, Vincent's all-star chance, transfer window non-news

With MLS’ secondary transfer window closing one week from today on August 3, the Fire are still looking for help in and outside of the league but nothing appears to be imminent. During his weekly conference call, Veljko Paunovic once again declined to engage in any talk of transfers or even identify which area of... Read more »

Revolution 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

A lack of quality in the final third leaves the Fire susceptible to failure time and again. Just one mistake or lapse in the back continues to be the difference on the road in close games. Chicago probably played well enough to get a result in this match but again did just enough to not... Read more »

Fire v Revolution match preview

What Are They All About? New England Revolution Preview Onwards! Another complete performance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup saw the Chicago Fire advance to the semifinal of the competition by beating Fort Lauderdale 3-0. Veljko Paunovic and the players reinforced calls for success with on field results and dominant play. The semi will... Read more »

Fire defeat Fort Lauderdale, advance to USOC Semifinals

There wasn’t much doubt to this one from the start. The Fire easily handled the last NASL squad left standing in the US Open Cup tournament. A comfortable 3-0 win has landed them in the Semifinals for the twelfth time in club history. Veljko Paunovic fielded a near first choice line-up to back up his... Read more »

Fire v Fort Lauderdale Strikers USOC match preview

What Are They All About? Fort Lauderdale Strikers   The Brimstone Cup has a new home. FC Dallas defeated the Chicago Fire 3-1 this past Saturday to solidify their position at the top of the league. Chicago find themselves back in last place, a spot they have occupied for most of the 2016 season. In... Read more »

Fire notebook - Vincent an all-star, USOC, and more

In preparation for the Fire’s most important game of the year on Wednesday night, Veljko Paunovic gave some regular players the night off against FC Dallas on Saturday. During his weekly conference call he addressed the odd decision to bench Sean Johnson after his best game of the year in order to give Matt Lampson... Read more »

FC Dallas 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire didn’t embarrass themselves against the Supporters Shield leaders on the road but they did make it evident that the US Open Cup is taking priority over a regular season road game at the moment. There wasn’t much of a chance expected in coming out of Dallas with a result given the home and... Read more »

Fire v FC Dallas match preview

What Are They All About? FC Dallas Sweet victory! Much to the chagrin of a visibly upset Peter Vermes, the Chicago Fire defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Wednesday night and extended their unbeaten home streak to seven matches across all competitions. The weather delay turned out to be a non-factor as new signing Michael... Read more »