Archive for January 2017

MLS All-Star Game lands in Chicago this summer

Chicago will host the 2017 MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field on August 2. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Fire owner Andrew Hauptman were on hand this afternoon to make the formal announcement. Veljko Paunovic will coach the MLS side against an opponent which has yet to be named,... Read more »

Fire add Mihailovic as HGP, sign 2 Draft picks, roster at 24

The official signing of Djordje Mihailovic as a HomeGrown Player on Friday night brought the current roster of signed players under contract to 22, as of that time. A product of the Fire’s previous Academy development regime that has several players in the pipeline, Mihailovic is an attacking midfielder who had committed to joining Cam... Read more »

Fire open training camp - more on Dax McCarty

The first day of training camp signals the start of the new season for many. Fire players reported to the north side’s Private Bank Fire Pitch today for media day before beginning training in earnest tomorrow. The club’s most recent high-profile addition, Dax McCarty was of course absent while training with the USMNT in California,... Read more »

Fire land Dax McCarty for GAM

Followong last week’s SuperDraft Nelson Rodriguez maintained that he was still looking for help in central midfield and today the Fire acquired one of the top players at that position in MLS. Chicago has acquired New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty in exchange for $400,000 in General Allocation Money. The GAM arrangement splits the... Read more »

Fire add Daniel Johnson, Guillermo Delgado, Stefan Cleveland and more GAM in day 1 of SuperDraft

In an appropriate twist to this year’s SuperDraft, the Fire became the first team in MLS to have the amount of Allocation Money acquired via trade announced publicly. Chicago cashed in for the third overall pick in the Draft by sending the selection to New York City FC in exchange for $250,000.00 in General Allocation... Read more »

Logan Pause to depart for LAFC

Another long-time Fire stalwart is leaving the club. Sources indicate to Fire Confidential that Logan Pause is set to depart for a position with Los Angeles FC. Pause will assume the head coaching position for LAFC’s USL side Orange County Blues FC and serve as an assistant when they begin play in MLS next season.... Read more »

Rodriguez on the SuperDraft, HGP's, and that "Boss" in midfield

The MLS SuperDraft will be held on Friday at 2pm CT and the Fire hold the 3rd, 11th, 47th and 69th picks. Nelson Rodriguez was very active last year while holding the first overall pick and he remains open to making moves again this season. Rodriguez met with media via conference call this afternoon to... Read more »

Fire sign GK Jorge Bava

The Fire have announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Jorge Bava. The 35-year old has played in Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, and Mexico over the span of eighteen years. “Bava is technically clean, comfortable off his line and a good organizer of the defense,” said Nelson Rodriguez vis press release. “His skill set is complimentary to... Read more »

Fire 2017 update: Schweinsteiger, GK, HGPs, rumors and more

Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a Manchester United player, and he likely will be for at least a couple more weeks. The Fire continue to stare down Jose Mourinho and ManU in a game of high-dollar chicken. Chicago/MLS still wants Schweinsteiger and the player is ready for a move but Manchester United plans on holding out... Read more »

Happy New Year from Fire Confidential

Everyone have a safe and happy 2017! We’re back again this coming season with more breaking news, stories, and coverage of soccer stuff. We may even resume the podcast on a regular basis. Thanks again to Jeff Krause, Martin Tomszak, Edgar Rivera, and Sean King for another year of contributions to the Fire Confidential team... Read more »