Category: 2009 Regular Season

The season opener: Match Preview

*I’m heading out the door to catch my flight back to Chicago so – unfortunately – I’m going to have to make this one quick. Let’s get to it…* The Fire and Red Bulls are one day away from opening up their 2010 seasons at Red Bull Arena. Though they finished at opposite ends of... Read more »

Red Bull Arena: "The place is first class"

This offseason, as the date when MLS would release the Fire’s full schedule approached, I began to think about a few matches that would really pique my interest — really get my juices flowing about the upcoming season. I wanted to know when the Fire would first play Philly, when the Fire would host Columbus,... Read more »

Donovan Named MLS MVP

MLS announced this afternoon that [L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has been named league MVP]( The honor, which is the first MVP trophy in the 29-year-old’s 9-year career, comes as a precursor to Sunday night’s MLS Cup Final — when Donovan and L.A. will take on Real Salt Lake. Donovan, who had 12 goals and... Read more »

MLS Best XI Announced: Conde Honored

MLS [announced it’s 2009 Best XI today]( and one Fire player, defender Wilman Conde, made the list. It’s the first time on the Best XI for the 27-year-old Conde, who made the list despite missing 11 regular season games due to injury. The honor caps a solid season for Conde, who was a rock in... Read more »

Fire Announce Team Awards

Lost in the shuffle of the Fire’s thrilling Eastern Conference Semifinals victory was the fact that the team announced the 2009 awards on Friday night. Wilman Conde, Brian McBride and Logan Pause were the recipients of the honors, which included Team MVP, Team Golden Boot Winner, Team Defender of the Year and U.S. Soccer Foundation/MLS... Read more »

Playoff Update 2.0

Things took a wild turn in the MLS playoff race last night as the team with the least amount of points heading into the day, Real Salt Lake, was the only team to end the night with a playoff spot clinched. Real Salt Lake got into the 2009 edition of the MLS Cup Playoffs in... Read more »

MLS Playoff Scenario Update

With two playoff spots remaining and six teams in the hunt, things could get a little dicey in MLS this weekend. Colorado (40 points) is the only team that controls its own destiny and if they get a win at Real Salt Lake tonight (9 p.m. on FSC) they will clinch the 3rd or 4th... Read more »

Fire 1 - Chivas USA 0: Playoff Ticket Punched

The Fire finally clinched their spot in the playoffs tonight, earning the second seed in the Eastern Conference [with a 1-0 win at a rain-soaked Toyota Park over Western Conference leaders Chivas USA](,0,4467014.story). The Fire, who took the lead in the 67th minute when Chivas forward Eduardo Lillingston put a Cuauhtemoc Blanco corner kick in... Read more »

Matchday 10/22: Fire vs. Chivas USA

Hey everyone, I’m settled in at a very rainy Toyota Park and the Fire and Chivas are almost set to kick off their all-important match.  The Fire will be looking for a win or a tie to clinch the Eastern Conference’s second seed in the upcoming playoffs but Chivas will be gunning for a win... Read more »

Fire vs. Chivas USA: Match Preview

After the Fire last met Western Conference leaders Chivas USA in MLS action on May 28th, Chicago was the talk of the league. Not only had the Fire just pulled off a thrilling 3-2 come from behind victory over Chivas – who at the time were MLS leaders – but they also extended their season-opening... Read more »