Archive for April 2017

Red Bulls 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire played well enough for a draw and possibly all three points but came away with nothing. A handful of missed chances, a bad touch, and another defensive lapse on the right side led to a blown opportunity against an Eastern Conference opponent on the road. Chicago won the possession battle (51-49), took more... Read more »

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls  Is the dream over? This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost 3-1 against Toronto FC on the back of a master class from Sebastian Giovinco. Many supporters and pundits quickly jumped to the conclusion that perhaps the real Chicago Fire had finally come to the surface.... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live podcast returns

The latest episode of the Fire Confidential Live podcast is up. Jeff and I take a look back at the first seven games of the season, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s signing, the MLSPU salary data, and answer a few questions.

Toronto FC 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The first big road test for the Fire in the new Schweinsteiger era didn’t turn out well. Toronto FC, the presumed class of the Eastern Conference, handled Chicago reasonably easily en route to a 3-1 victory over the visitors. Their game plan wasn’t difficult to guess coming in. Crowd Schweinsteiger, attack the right side, and... Read more »

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

Soorie, What Are They All Aboot, eh? Toronto FC   “It is very important for us that we won. This is the first consecutive win we have had since I have been here”. Although Paunovic spoke those words with a sigh of relief, by the end of his post-match press conference after Chicago’s 3-0 thrashing... Read more »

Fire 3 Revolution 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 3 Revolution 0 - recap and ratings
The most important thing the Fire have shown they can finally do is beat teams that they should beat at home. The Revolution offered little resistance by allowing the Fire plenty of room on the ball, even before the expulsion of Je-Vaughn Watson for a silly second yellow card, and the final numbers showed the... Read more »

Fire v Revolution match preview

What Are They All About? New England Revolution Dare they believe? This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on the back of a Nemanja Nikolic goal and what appeared to be a strong tactical display. A formation change, organizational fortitude, and an air of confidence saw them across the line in... Read more »

Fire 1 Crew 0 - recap and ratings

There’s no question that the Fire needed this win at home after starting the season with the same amount of points after four games as last year. After a good first half, there was some retreat in the second while Columbus controlled most of the ball and the chances, but the Fire held on where... Read more »

Fire v Crew match preview

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC Five points. After four matches played in MLS, the Chicago Fire sit on five points. It must be noted that this is the same points total at this juncture of the season last year, and has been about average for the Fire over the last seven playoff-less... Read more »

Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings

Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings
The excitement of Bastian Schweinsteiger’s goal scoring debut was tempered by an all too familiar sight at Toyota Park. The Fire squandered and early lead and failed to put away an opponent that they should have been able to beat at home. Over the last several seasons, they have blown countless opportunities at home while... Read more »