Category: 2012 Pre Season

Fire top Minnesota Stars in final tune-up

The Fire officially completed pre-season play this morning with a 3-1 victory over the defending NASL champion NSC Minnesota Stars at the Toyota Park practice field.  Goals scored by Dominic Oduro, Daniel Paladini, and Orr Barouch provided the difference but head coach Frank Klopas wasn’t thrilled with allowing a late goal from a set piece.... Read more »

Friedrich joins the Fire

German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich has signed a one year deal with the Fire.  The 32 year old defender, mostly recently with Wolfsburg was released in September at his request after suffering an injury that has kept him out of action until now. Friedrich was a regular starting centerback for the German National team... Read more »

FC Podcast Episode 1 & preseason notes

With preseason coming to a premature end due to weather conditions in Charleston, South Carolina last night the Fire are headed back to Chicago with a few decisions to make before first kick.  The match against the Charleston Battery was cancelled but the Fire will take on the NSC Minnesota Stars at the Toyota Park... Read more »

March 1 roster notes ; Fire may add Friedrich

With only one match remaining before the Fire complete Phase 3 of preseason training and return to Chicago, head coach Frank Klopas has the opening day roster close to set.  March 1 is roster compliance day for all MLS clubs, meaning that the total dollars expended on the senior roster must fall within the established... Read more »

Fire defeat Crew in CCC preseason play

The Fire snapped a three game preseason losing (and scoreless streak) with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in Carolina Challenge Cup play.  Chicago went without Sebastian Grazzini, Cory Gibbs, Austin Berry, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa, Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko, Orr Barouch, and Sean Johnson but still managed to pick up all three points... Read more »

Fire lose first CC Cup match 1-0

The Fire dropped their third consecutive preseason match after a 1-0 loss to DC United in the Carolina Challenge Cup opener.  Chicago controlled most of the possession and had the better of the chances throughout the first 60 minutes of the match but failed to convert on several excellent opportunities. DC ‘keeper Joe Willis guessed... Read more »

Weekend Notes - Carolina Challenge Cup Edition

With the Fire set to take on DC United for the second time this preseason on Saturday at 4pm, Frank Klopas addressed several issues during his weekly media conference call.  The Fire coach talked about the release of midfielder Ivan Guerrero, progress made by this year’s rookie class, Adolfo Bautista, and the possibility of adding... Read more »

Fire fall to San Jose

The Fire wrapped up the California portion of pre-season training with a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.  A third minute goal by Steven Lenhart and another score in the thirty-eighth from Brad Ring provided all of the scoring in a 75 minute match.  The Fire created a few chances but couldn’t break through... Read more »

Weekend Notes - Fire v Earthquakes

The Fire will close out the second phase of preseason training with concurrent games against the San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow morning at 11am 11:30 am.  The club will be split up into two teams with most of the starters seeing action in the main match. will provide streaming audio play-by-play of the “A” game.... Read more »

Fire suffer first defeat of preseason

The Fire were defeated for the first time in 2012 pre-season play by losing to the Portland Timbers 2-0.  The match was extended to 120 minutes of play in an attempt to get both sides a look at different players vying for roster spots.  Frank Klopas also extended most of the starting eleven to 60... Read more »