July 23, 2011 FIRE RENEWS FAITH
A good showing vs. Man U is a positive
Saturday afternoon the Chicago Fire renewed faith Ė in the team that is. Itís been a rough season for the Fire, leaving longtime fans of the club distraught, and the players and coaches frustrated. Something had to give. Saturday, it did. The Fire went toe to toe with one of the top clubs in the world, Manchester United. That in and of itself gave Fire fans a reason to smile.
October 21, 2010 HARD TO SEE HIM GO
Brown was a true pro, on and off the pitch
Athletes like C.J. Brown are the reason many of us sports-writers pursued our careers. When I was fresh out of college, I joined the Chicago Fire as an intern. From there I learned what the club was all about. I remember meeting all these guys who blew my mind Ė Peter Nowak, Lubos Kubik, Chris Armas, etcÖ
And then there was C.J. Brown.
October 21, 2009 DOWN TO THE WIRE
Fire needs result to make the post-season
Itís down to the wire for the Chicago Fire. Thursday nightís match has switched from a season finale, honoring one of the teamís best players (Chris Armas)Ö to a must-get-result match. A win or a draw and the Fire is in the post-season. A loss, and itís the end of the road for the 2009 squad. And possibly time for some spring-cleaning a bit early.
July 4, 2009 WHERE IS EVERYBODY?
Half-Way Into MLS Season, Fire Attendance Not So Hot
I decided to take a break from Chicago for a couple of weeks and head to Seattle. I wanted to go to a city where I know people have passion for soccer. They expect and demand that a good product be put on the field every match. The stands are full of Sounders jerseys. And quite frankly, everywhere you look around Seattle, there are Sounders flags flying or stickers on cars. You gotta love that! Sunday I wandered around a packed stadium of 32,526 fans and wondered what is wrong with the Chicago market.
April 26, 2009 THE REAL DEAL
Can Fire make it to MLS Cup 2009? Perhaps.
For the past 10 years, I have seen as much, if not more, Chicago Fire soccer than your average fan. I saw a couple of games in 1998. But in summer of 1999, I became a regular in the press box. In this past decade Iíve seen it all. But I gotta tell you Ė this yearís team has something special about them. The players are the real deal and they don't give up without a fight. Does that mean theyíll be a contender at MLS Cup 2009 in Seattle? Itís possible.
Marech 19, 2009 SEATTLE DOES IT RIGHT
Opening night showcases a true soccer town
Seattle fans have it right, hands down. Actually, the city of Seattle has it right. Wear your pride on your sleeve, or around your neck. Turn the city blue and green. Give a new team the welcome it deserves. And more importantly Ė Show your passion.
May 2, 2008 ONE MONTH DOWN
April was a busy month on and off the field for the Fire
Well folks, one month of the Chicago Fire season is over. So what do you all think? Personally, Iíve been speechless at times both positively and negatively. Theyíve been fun to watch at times, and aggravating at others. But things are changing on and off the field. The Denis Hamlett era is officially underway and the John Guppy era is no more. Thatís a lot for one month.
March 13, 2008 JUST FOR KICKS
A Look Back And A Look Ahead
How many out there are wondering what the 2008 season will bring for the Chicago Fire? I know I am. After 2007Ö this should be a rather tame year. Letís take a look back, just for kicks.
Jan. 10, 2008 COME ON NOW...
Somebody, Anybody Name a Coach
Remember the glory days? The days when the Fire was unstoppable. The team was looked to as a model for all teams in the league. On and off the field, everything ran smoothly. And if it didnít, it still had that appearance. They won the double their first season out. Everyone hoped expansion could be that easy.
Well that was then. And this is now.
Nov. 13, 2007 A TRUE INSPIRATION
Armas Inspired More Than Just Teammates
April 4, 1998, I was there. I sat in a seat at Soldier Field, FREEZING, but watching the inaugural Chicago Fire home game. It was history. And I was there. I remember looking through the program and seeing all the new faces and Chris Armas stuck out. I decided on that night that he was my favorite Fire player. I watched him play and was impressed with everything. He was truly a fun player to watch.
August 30, 2007 ON THE BANDWAGON
Blanco Has Won Me Over
I hate to admit itÖ but Iíve hopped on the Cuauhtemoc Blanco bandwagon. While I have the utmost respect for him as a player, I had no idea what he would bring to the Fire. What heís brought is a spark that has been missing. In his five MLS games heís tallied two goals and four assists. In his Fire debut, he scored the lone goal in a 1-1 draw vs. Celtic. Blanco is the real deal.
July 21, 2007 WHAT'S GOING ON?
Becks and Blanco Arrive to struggling Galaxy and Fire
Itís here Ė the weekend weíve all been waiting for. David Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco will make their debuts this weekend (hopefully). But why are they debuting on two of the current worst teams in the league, statistically? Chicago (4-8-4, 16 pts.) is last in the Eastern Conference. Los Angeles (3-5-4, 13 pts.) is second to last in the West.
May 31, 2007 A LITTLE BETTER
Fire Shows Signs of Life
So things are shaping up for the Chicago Fire. Well kinda. I guess itís too early to make a long-term prognosis Ė but at least the defense is back.
Sunday, the defense came together and held Real Salt Lake to zero goals. Itís a huge improvement since theyíve been allowing about three a game as of late.
May 25, 2007 SERIOUSLYÖ TAKE TWO
Fire Falls Again, Whatís the Deal?
So Wednesday I asked whatís the deal with the Fireís slumping play. Itís Friday, and Iím asking again. Not only did the Fire lose againÖ but they got shut out 3-0. Iíll give credit where credit is due Ė New York is a tough team. They have some good scorers. Maybe thatís the secret.