Archive for October 2015

MLS playoff predictions

The MLS playoffs start today. The local Chicago Fire are nowhere near the 12 teams that made the league’s second season, but there’s still plenty of entertainment ahead. This is the first year of the expanded 12-team playoff field, meaning there are four play-in wild card games (or whatever you want to call them) instead... Read more »

MLS players most likely to jump to Europe

A few days ago a piece I wrote was posted on Italian site It was a list of MLS players likely to make the move to play for a European club. Here’s the link. The players included are Fabian Castillo, Omar Gonzalez, Sebastian Lletget, Gyasi Zardes, Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, Matt Miazga, Luis Gil,... Read more »

The Chicago Fire just locked up the top pick in the MLS draft

As bad seasons go, this has been an especially dreadful one for the Chicago Fire. Sunday’s 4-0 loss at D.C., in which it appeared the Fire players were about as interested in being there as I was in watching it, clinched three things for the Fire. First, it assured that the Fire will finish the... Read more »

Venting about U.S. Soccer

There is and will continue to be plenty of reaction from national media to the historically awful Saturday that U.S. Soccer had. I don’t think what I’m going to say is anything particularly original, but this will be cathartic for me (especially after my two college football teams combined for 0 touchdowns to make the... Read more »

The Fire are nothing if not competitive

It’s no secret that the Chicago Fire have had a poor season. Even after Saturday’s 3-1 win against New England, the Fire sit in last in Major League Soccer and are still four points behind the nearest team above them in the standings. However, that two-goal win got me thinking. How many times have the... Read more »

Saturday will be historic for U.S. Soccer

If you follow U.S. Soccer, you know about Saturday’s huge game against Mexico. They’re calling it the CONCACAF Cup and a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup is on the line. The value of winning is arguably more so in Jurgen Klinsmann showing he can win a big game and right the ship after a... Read more »

Welcome to Soccer Obsessive

Writing and soccer are two of my greatest pleasures in this world so I am combining them for this blog. I watch all kinds of different soccer so this blog will be a bit all over the place in terms of a specific focus. There will be some Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars talk... Read more »