Who is the Next Chicago Fire Coach?


Does Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez’s upcoming coaching decision dwarf the rest on the organization’s needs?

New Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez speaks to the press for the first time officially this Sunday. Media speculates that a great deal of this conversation revolves around choosing a coach for the 2015 season.

It’s a decision which Rodriguez has stated he wants made by Thanksgiving, so the clock is ticking.

With a lot of rumors floating around, and with Rodriguez’s own United States Soccer Federation history fueling the guesses, the OTF writers pool took some guesses on who the next Fire coach might be…
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The Thin Red Line: Chicago Fire Needs to Add Defensive Depth, Soon

Three of these guys and their left back friend will need a breather soon.

Three of these guys and their left back friend will need a breather now and then, you know. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

A warm welcome back to OTF’s Daniel Casey as he reveals the elephant in the room at Toyota Park and offers some suggestions on how to remove it…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Columbus Crew

Will Patrick Nyarko return to the starting XI on Saturday night? (photo: zimbio.com)

Will Patrick Nyarko return to the Fire’s starting XI on Saturday night? (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick looks back on the week that was in Fireland and looks ahead to Saturday’s derby with the yellowest team known to mankind…

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No Defense for Love: Arne and Austin by Grabe and Harrer

Berry and Friedrich: Inspiring Artists (photo: chicago-fire.com)

A few weeks back, while riding the #FireBus to KC, I met some fine folks and fans of the blog who let me in on a little secret. “You see,” they told me, “there’s this illustration inspired by Fire play-by-play man Dan Kelly that’s going to rock the entire #cf97 Nation.” “Really?” I said. “Well how about giving me a look?” And oh were they right.

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Dispatch from a Hotel Room: Fire at New York Red Bulls

Big MacDonald had a brace…Lo, Lo, Lo, Lo, LOOOO! (photo: usatoday.com)

On The Fire’s Scott Fenwick is on the road tending to family business, but that didn’t stop him from reveling in and reflecting upon Chicago’s 2-0 victory at New York.

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. Columbus Crew

Baller Style. (Photo: Getty Images)

Crisp, clear fall weather. A crowd of 19,172. Section 8 at full throttle. Sector Latino rockin’ the house. A hated rival. All these things and more contributed to a playoff-like atmosphere inside Toyota Park on Saturday night when the Men in Red took on the Columbus Crew in a mutually vital Eastern Conference match.

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Fire Training Notes with R.D. III: 9.20.12

El Capitan Logan “Wolverine” takes a Pause during training. (Photo: chicago-fire.com)

What’s up Fire Nation? Like you, the Men in Red are gearing up for Saturday night’s war vs. Cowlumbus Poo. It’s gonna be standing room only, so if you haven’t already, get your tickets now! 

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Dispatch from the Couch: Fire at DC United

I know what I saw last night: too much of this. (Photo: mlssoccer.com)

Houston, we have some problems: fitness, fatigue, questionable lineup and tactical decisions, and most apparent of all, liabilities in defense. And for good measure, I’ll throw a little hubris into the mix.

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at DC United

DeRo: Don’t hate the playa?

A quick turnaround after the third Chitown beatdown in a row of an Eastern Conference opponent (the lowly New England Revolution) has the Men in Red traveling over to the nation’s capital to take on Dwayne De Rosario and the Dirty Birds known as DC United.

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