USMNT "after-Landon" begins tonight

US Soccer begins the post-Landon Donovan era tonight with a friendly against Azerbaijan. Jurgen Klinnsman has hinted that the line up deployed in this game could strongly resemble what we see against Ghana on June 16. Of course, Klinsmann has been known to throw a curve ball every now and then so I wouldn’t be... Read more »

Donovan left out of World Cup squad and Fire notes

Jurgen Klinsmann shocked the US soccer community today by naming the 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. The surprise exclusion of Landon Donovan, who is arguably the best American soccer player ever, has many fans wondering how the country’s all-time leading scorer in international competition could be left off. Klinsmann called it... Read more »

Magee, Johnson invited to USMNT January camp

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his roster for this month’s training camp which begins on Monday in California. Among those invited are the Fire’s Sean Johnson and Mike Magee. Twenty-six players will participate in a week long first phase before the roster is pared down to 23 and travels to Brazil for phase two from January... Read more »

Bradley Out - Chicago Next?

US Soccer announced today that head coach Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties with the US Men’s National Team.  The Fire’s coaching search for the 2012 season just got a ton more interesting.

World Cup Bracket Pool

The World Cup is only 25 days away and MLS is taking a break during the first two weeks of group play.  That doesn’t mean Fire Confidential will be silent.  In addition to continued discussion of all things Fire, I’ll be watching the World Cup along with all of you.  Since we received a fairly... Read more »

Bradley's USMNT 30 Man Camp

  This afternoon Bob Bradley named his 30 man provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup.  Several MLS squads are affected through the loss of key players. Goalkeepers : Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann Defenders : Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Johnathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Jay DeMeritt, Heath Pearce, Chad Marshall... Read more »

USA World Cup Home Kits & Fire TV Schedule

  Nike revealed the USMNT’s white home kits today in New York.  This year’s model pays tribute to the 1950 American team that defeated England 1-0 in World Cup competition.  http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2010/04/US-Mens-National-Team-Unveils-Home-Uniform.aspx June 12 can’t get here soon enough.  Details coming soon on how you can nab one of these by entering our World Cup Bracket... Read more »

World Cup Qualifying Thread

With the South American qualifiers about to finish up and the CONCACAF qualifiers about to start, it’s about time for me to get a World Cup Qualifier thread started.  I’ll be sharing some thoughts/observations on the qualifiers throughout the evening, and I encourage you to do the same.  I’ll also be posting the winner of... Read more »

Linked Up

Hey everybody, kind of a slow news day for the Fire (so far anyway…) so I’m taking a little break from writing and simply sharing some links today.  I’ll be back to the grind tomorrow with a Fire Practice Report though, so keep an eye out for that. Steve Davis of ESPN Soccernet writes about... Read more »

Logan Pause returns to Chicago

Remember Logan Pause? It seems like it’s been a while since we last saw the central midfielder suit up for the Fire (mainly because it has, June 27th was the last time he played with the club…) but Logan has been keeping busy, playing with the U.S. National Team in their journey through the CONCACAF... Read more »