Category: Chicago Fire

Dallas bounce back with 3-1 MLS win over Fire

Los Angeles (AFP) – Maximiliano Urruti and Mauro Diaz scored in the first half as FC Dallas bounced back from a mid-week defeat with a 3-1 Major League Soccer victory over the Chicago Fire. Saturday’s home win in suburban Frisco, Texas, was the fourth in five matches for FC Dallas, who head the Western Conference table and with 12 wins lead the race for the Supporters’ Shield as the top team overall. It helped erase the taste of a 5-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday. After struggling with possession through the first few minutes of the match, FC ... Read more

NASL team in Chicago wants to start at Soldier Field, says Peter Wilt

Midwest native Peter Wilt has targeted Soldier Field as the temporary home field for a new NASL team that plans to play in downtown Chicago, according to an interview on Soccer Morning. Wilt has taken on the role as senior advisor for CLUB 9 SPORTS, a sports consulting group that is aiming to launch a NASL team in the same city where MLS team Chicago Fire calls home. There have been widespread rumors that the new NASL team could be named the Chicago Sting after the successful team that won two national championships. “I want soccer to be relevant in ... Read more

Chicago Designated Player Shaun Maloney leaves Fire for Hull City

Hull have completed the signing of Scotland international Shaun Maloney, according to Chicago Fire. Maloney, 32, joined the Major League Soccer franchise in January after a spell at Wigan but has been in Hull finalizing terms for a number of days. The attacking midfielder, who has also played for Celtic and Aston Villa, told the Fire’s website: “This was a very difficult decision to make but one that I felt I needed to make for various reasons. SEE MORE: As NYCFC learned, it’s the LA Galaxy then everyone else in MLS right now. “Although my time at the club was brief, ... Read more

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push. The talent is there, but the tactics and use of the players is not. What do you do? Now, what if your team hired a “club legend” to be coach. This former player ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21st week of the MLS season. 1. Pirlo! Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him. Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent. He looked the part and played the part of the international icon he is, starting two-goal sequences with brilliant passes, and lifting his entire team with his mere presence on the ... Read more

Is Didier Drogba the answer to Chicago Fire’s goalscoring problems?

It is safe to say Didier Drogba will be playing football somewhere in the coming weeks. Whether he is playing his football in Major League Soccer is still debatable. The Ivorian is in talks with MLS sides Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact, though other teams are reportedly chasing his signature as well. Along with negotiating with the Fire and Impact, the 37-year-old is still keeping his options open further a field; and this week he was linked with a move to Serie A side Inter as well as an unnamed Qatari team. There are two sides to signing Drogba if ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team’s fifth MLS Cup. It wasn’t just the numbers. The 2014 Galaxy had style too, dominating possession in most matches and carving out goals ... Read more

MLS equivalent to English Championship, says Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney

Chicago Fire and Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney believes Major League Soccer is inferior to the leagues in the United Kingdom, but thinks MLS is equivalent to the brand of soccer played in the Championship. The former Celtic and Wigan player joined Chicago Fire for a £1 million fee in January, after rejecting a contract offer from Leicester City. Speaking to Sky Sports, Maloney gave his impression of MLS and shared his early experiences in American soccer. “I think [MLS] is an inferior league to parts of the UK,” Maloney said. “I think – coming from the Championship – there’s not much ... Read more