Category: Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire must find cutting edge to become serious contenders

At one time in the Chicago Fire’s 17-year history, the club were one of Major League Soccer’s most consistent teams. In 11 of the Fire’s first 12 seasons, the club qualified for the MLS postseason. On top of a fantastic playoff record, the Fire appeared in three MLS Cup finals during that time, winning the 1998 instalment. The club also created a dynasty on the domestic cup front by winning four US Open Cups in nine seasons and became Chicago’s winningest team during that 12 season run. Outside of DC United and the Los Angeles Galaxy, a case can be ... Read more

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

Today’s episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall. Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls. Jason kicks off today’s show with Dan Wiersema of the American Outlaws as they discuss their new initiative “AO Watch”. Jeff Crandall then comes on the show to discuss the Chicago Fire’s early season results and his tour around the country working with different American soccer clubs. You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer ... Read more

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season: 1. Crisis in Philadelphia What’s the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish it losing, or that there’s next to no hope that next weekend and the weekend after will be any better. Things are about to get bad in Philadelphia, and when things get bad in Philadelphia, they get bad. Much of the blame for the Union’s MLS-worst start isn’t being placed ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

Here are the 10 things we learned from week three of MLS. 1. New beginnings in San Jose Thanks in large part to MLS’ generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes’ big day went off without a hitch. Avaya is gorgeous, easily one of the best venues in the league. The soccer is coming along, albeit slowly, with San Jose’s best coach since they returned in 2008 in Dominic Kinnear, and a roster finally transitioning from brawn to true skill. It appears that the ‘Quakes ... Read more

Watch LA Galaxy 2-0 Chicago Fire match highlights [VIDEO]

Robbie Keane got on the scoresheet once again for LA Galaxy to help them earn a 2-0 victory in the opening game of the 2015 MLS season. The game, which marked the first of the 20th MLS season after threats of a strike, debuted on UniMas to Hispanic viewers around the United States. In front of an attendance of 27,000, Jose Villarreal and Robbie Keane netted the goals at the Stubhub Center. While Chicago Fire had 47% possession during the 90 minutes, they only had one shot on goal during the entire game. Chicago play their home opener next Saturday ... Read more

Ranking MLS’ most popular teams; New research reveals fascinating results

Thanks to a handful of thriving teams, Major League Soccer enters a 20th season few thought it would reach back when the San Jose Clash and D.C. United kicked things off on April 6th, 1996. We know which clubs have enjoyed the most on-field success, but can we accurately say which teams are the most popular? It’s an easier answer for other leagues. The Yankee Evil Empire and Red Sox Nation hog baseball attention. The LA Lakers, despite their recent downturn, lap the NBA’s other teams in worldwide popularity. The NFL’s on-field parity leads to a more equal fan distribution, but ... Read more

Rating each MLS club’s signings during the off-season

The MLS offseason is still churning as teams finalize their last transactions and continue to shape the excess of their rosters in advance of opening day, but training camp has opened and the major business has been done. There’s no question that MLS improved in the last two months. Even with the loss of stars like Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, Jermain Defoe, DeAndre Yedlin, and perhaps the MLS 3.0 era, more and more talent and money has flooded in. MLS is now the place to be for US internationals, its added European stars, two glamorous franchises, and another soccer specific ... Read more

MLS Again Creates New Rule to Appease Owners

The transfer of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a major league. His agent and the Chicago Fire had been holding serious negotiations and the Fire appeared to be on the cusp of a real coup just in time for a playoff run. Then the process took over, and as The Washington Post outlines, it is not the one that seemingly existed until now. For those new to the MLS overseas ... Read more