Category: 2015 Regular Season

Vela to MLS still in the works

The Carlos Vela to MLS rumor mill is still churning despite the player’s social media dousing of the topic last week. Vela started, and played 68 minutes for Real Sociedad on Sunday while his agent met with MLS and the Colorado Rapids over the weekend. According to, the league is offering somewhere in the... Read more »

Fire changes continue - 9 player options declined, 4 renewed

The Fire announced today that nine players have had their options declined for next season. Among those are Adailton, Jon Busch, Razvan Cocis, Greg Cochrane, Jason Johnson, Alec Kann, Jeff Larentowicz, Lovel Palmer, and Chris Ritter. The loan deal for Daneil Cyrus has expired. In addition to those ten, there are also three players out... Read more »

Rodriguez banks on Paunovic with Fire coaching hire

After a month of names and rumors regarding the Fire’s coaching search, Nelson Rodriguez has found his man and the choice comes as a bit of a surprise. Veljko Paunović has been named as the Fire’s new head coach. While he isn’t immediately recognizable, he does have a background that would suggest some coaching chops.... Read more »

Fire Friday notebook - Coaching update, deadlines, and more

Don’t expect a conclusion to the Fire’s coaching search until at least the end of the USMNT’s current camp. The odds on favorite to land the job, US U-20 head coach and senior team assistant Tab Ramos, won’t be free until after the US v Trinidad and Tobago match next Tuesday. While Nelson Rodriguez has... Read more »

Adding more names to the coaching speculation party

As Nelson Rodriguez continues his travels across North America and beyond interviewing candidates for the Fire’s head coaching position, his ideal time frame for the hire is quickly approaching. With Thanksgiving only three weeks away, having a coach in place by the end of the month could be crucial to completing player personnel decisions for... Read more »

Roster decisions ahead for 2016 - who's coming back?

Roster decisions ahead for 2016 - who's coming back?
With the season at an end, players will sit through exit interviews in the coming days and some surely realize it’s the end of the line in Chicago after a disastrous year. Nelson Rodriguez and Brian Bliss will have a variety of factors to consider when looking at who stays and who departs heading into... Read more »

Red Bulls 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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On a night when Jesse Marsch, Denis Hamlett, and Chris Armas celebrated a Supporters Shield clinching victory at Toyota Park, the current version of the Fire are looking toward next season and another new beginning. Nelson Rodriguez met the media before the game but the formality of one more match this season was just that.... Read more »

Red Bulls 2 Fire 1 - photo gallery

Section 8 fans show their support by displaying two tifo's
at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on Sunday, October 25, 2015 (Sean King for Chicago Fire Confidential)
Here’s a photographic recap of the match from Sean King, who provided game photos for Fire Confidential this season. Sean’s work was a great addition to our team this year.  

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

The season will be mercifully over at the conclusion of these ninety minutes but change has brought some optimism to Bridgeview again. As the Fire look to play spoiler for the New York Red Bulls, Martin Tomszak is back with his final match preview of the season. What Are They All About? Chicago Fire No,... Read more »

Fire coaching search moving forward with Rodriguez on board - the early candidates reviewed

Nelson Rodriguez officially began work as the Fire’s new General Manager this past Monday. One of his foremost tasks, among a laundry list of the things to do in order to reverse the club’s fortunes on the pitch, is identifying and hiring the team’s newest head coach. Rodriguez was named as GM on September 20... Read more »