Archive for September 2016

Fire v Crew match preview

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire’s midweek loss to Seattle and DC United’s win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of... Read more »

Sounders 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

The effort may have been an improvement over the previous road match in New York but the result ultimately remains the same. After a decent start in absorbing pressure and countering in the first fifteen minutes or so, the Fire collectively failed to adequately cover one of the league’s most effective set piece targets….on a... Read more »

Fire v Sounders match preview

What Are They All About? Seattle Sounders “It’s just that this year we are making all of the mistakes that one team can make”. With that one simple phrase Veljko Paunovic summed up a Chicago Fire season that had started with so much hope but has since spiraled into a roller coaster of errors and... Read more »

Fire notebook - Fernandez, Doody return, NYC review, Seattle challenge

Another difficult road task lies ahead in Seattle after a resounding 4-1 loss in New York. Veljko Paunovic looked back at Friday’s game and ahead to Wednesday’s contest during his weekly media conference call. Here are the highlights: Paunovic on the return of Collin Fernandez and Patrick Doody “Collin and Patrick are back (from Saint... Read more »

New York City FC 4 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire defensive effort in this match was indicative of a team that has packed it in for the season. There wasn’t much of a challenge posed against a New York City FC squad playing without an in-form Frank Lampard. NYCFC was somehow able to find plenty of space on their small pitch and completed... Read more »

Fire v New York City FC match preview

What Are They All About? NYCFC In the 92nd minute of this past weekend’s Chicago Fire match there was an aura of anticipation that could be felt around Toyota Park. To no one’s surprise, Veljko Paunovic and his charges obliged expectations by conceding a late equalizer to DC United. There wasn’t a reaction of deflation... Read more »

Fire notebook - de Leeuw, Goossens injury updates and more

The Fire were without two key attackers in Michael de Leeuw and John Goossens against DC United last weekend. Veljko Paunovic addressed their injuries during his weekly conference call on Monday afternoon. Goossens’ back injury will keep him out against New York City FC on Friday but de Leeuw could be back from an ankle... Read more »

Fire 2 DC United 2 - recap and ratings

There were reasons for optimism in this one. The Fire held possession in the first half (53-47), created scoring chances, came from behind, and generally played an entertaining match for a good portion of it. There was also a repeat of the recurring themes of failure that have been maddeningly prevalent for some time now... Read more »

Fire v DC United match preview

What Are They All About? DC United Some people say that one mark of a good team is that they can win even when they aren’t playing well. We’re not sure what it says about Chicago, but this past weekend they found a way to lose a match that they looked sharp in. Toronto left... Read more »

Fire notebook - DC rematch, Arshakyan fitting in, Johnson's error

The Fire will have a chance to avenge their worst loss of the season against DC United on Friday night at Toyota Park. They can stay ahead of Columbus at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a win as the Crew travels to Orlando City. Veljko Paunovic talked about the rematch and a few... Read more »