Category: 2016 Pre Season

Fire target Dutch attacker de Leeuw

Sending Harry Shipp to Montreal has opened up a spot in the line up for an attacking midfielder capable of serving in a playmaker’s role behind Gilberto. Fire Confidential has learned that Chicago is going back to FC Groningen in pursuit of another player from that squad. Centerback Johan Kappelhof could be joined by former... Read more »

Fire notebook - Shipp trade, replacements, trialists, and more

The Harry Shipp trade was once again a topic of discussion during Veljko Paunovic’s weekly press conference call. The Fire’s head coach reiterated that the reasoning for the move was not based on a lack of ability on the player’s part, but more about fitting into the system he is looking to implement. Here’s more... Read more »

Fire Confidential Live podcast with guest Nelson Rodriguez

Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez joins us in the latest Fire Confidential Live podcast. Rodriguez addresses the Harry Shipp trade, Collin Fernandez’s development, possible upcoming transfers, all that allocation money, and more.

Fire trade to Shipp to Montreal

Fire Confidential has learned that midfielder Player Harry Shipp has been traded to the Montreal Impact in exchange for a combination of General Allocation and Targeted Allocation Money. In his third season with Chicago, Shipp has had some ups and downs since signing as the club’s third ever Homegrown Player in 2014. He provided 7... Read more »

Fire beat Union 4-2, plus roster notes, rumors, and more

Preseason is off to a promising start with a second consecutive win and a good showing. The Fire defeated Philadelphia 4-2 on the strength of a strong second half performance and David Accam’s ability to create with pace. Accam scored twice in the first half, but the Fire put the game away by the 64th... Read more »

Fire v Union - preseason match preview

The Fire face Philadelphia on Thursday at 3pm (stream at in their second match of preseason. Martin Tomszak takes a look at Chicago’s first test against MLS competition this year. What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Possession, passing, fluidity and goals! The Chicago Fire put together a dominating preseason performance on Saturday beating... Read more »

Fire notebook - Paunovic on roster youth, line up choices, new trialists, and more

The Fire are following Saturday’s 3-0 win over the University of South Florida with a game against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Veljko Paunovic told reporters during his weekly conference call this morning that he is very happy with the first phase of training camp so far. “We’re starting the third week... Read more »

Fire drop USF 3-0 in preseason opener

There wasn’t much trouble dispatching the University of South Florida in Veljko Paunovic’s Chicago coaching debut. The Fire controlled the play from start to finish and comfortably defeated their first opponent of the preseason by a 3-0 score. Trialist Arturo Alvarez made a case for a permanent spot on the roster with the opening goal... Read more »

Fire v USF preseason match preview

Match preview guru Martin Tomszak kicks off 2016 with a University of South Florida…yes, a University of South Florida match preview. The new regime’s competitive debut should provide some interesting insight into what’s to come in the week’s ahead. What Are They All About? University of South Florida After what seems like an eternity, the... Read more »

Frank Klopas on the Fire, his time in Montreal, owners, and more

Recording a live podcast during an event such as last weekend’s ISA Annual General Meeting has its challenges. The biggest hurdle is providing clear, audible, content throughout all of the segments. The latest Fire Confidential Live podcast featured an interview with former Fire player, Technical Director, and Head Coach Frank Klopas that was obscured by... Read more »