This weekend Fire Confidential broke the news that 3rd-year player and fan favorite Harrison Shipp would be traded to Montreal Impact for General and Targeted Allocation Money.
As a Homegrown Player who spent his childhood and most of his adult life in the Chicago area Shipp was devastated about the transaction, as were Fire fans who saw Harry as a sign of hope in a team that desperately needed something to cheer about.
(Ed. Note — Possible headlines I decided not to use: “Shipp’s Passing,” “Abandoned Shipp,” “Harry’s Situation”)
Prompt: Now that they have parted ways, what does the future hold for Harry Shipp and the Chicago Fire?
(via USA Today)
After what was a pretty successful league run for the first decade or so of their existence, Chicago’s still-young franchise had begun to stall.
It was a new century and there was a clear need for change. The owner ousted their manager (a beloved former player) and the vacuum that remained caused an even further dip in performance. Supporters, still loyal to the club and sympathetic to its young local players, gave the team some nicknames: “The Remnants,” and “The Orphans” were two of the more popular ones, but the one that caught on… in 1900’s … was “The Cubs.”
The name stuck.
As the first pitch for your 2015 National League Wildcard Cubs nears, let’s go ahead and place that Loveable Losers crown on the new not-so-great team with young talent and plenty of hustle — the Chicago Fire.
The Chicago Fire put on a display of powerful attacking capability en route to a 3:0 demolition of the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The soggy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park seemed to have a bigger effect on Montreal than on the home side. The Impact looked ready to pack it in by halftime.
True to the mission statement of OTF, my recap of last night’s United States vs. Mexico match will be a mix of analysis, insight and fluff. I’ll mix it up by starting with some insight, followed by some fluff and a snippet of analysis.
Insight: Is a “Friendly” Ever Friendly?
The term “friendly” is a misnomer of sorts when the term involves United State vs. Mexico. Regardless of where played or what’s at stake, a “friendly” match between the US and Mexico can be anything but friendly. As the highlights of the pre-game show demonstrated, shoving matches and stare downs are common place…
Early season race to the bottom in store for Sunday
OTF’s Jon Denham returns to get you ready for the first Eastern Conference fixture of 2015…
Near the end of the Fire’s third loss in a row last Saturday, Alexi Lalas doubled-down on his flattery of second year stand-out Harry Shipp by suggesting that he was the Fire’s only “real” DP, and further stating that Harry may be “Too Good” to play for Chicago…
Robbie Keane welcomes primetime MLS television viewers to the 2015 season.
It’s too early to say anything overly positive or overly critical, so OTF’s Brian Howe Battle does both.
“Yallop was once asked if he might be tempted to roll out a 4-3-3 and he replied, wryly, ‘You can call it whatever you like, but you already know what it will be.'” -San Jose Earthquakes writer Nerdy Gales in an 11/1/13 OTF Guest Blog
You could call the beginning of this season whatever you would like, but part of your psyche already knows what it will be. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Michael Bradley owned the ball (torontosun.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat..
I got your “Opa” right here (mlssoccer.com & tsn2)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s debacle north of the border…
Magee decides to use his PK to get Robles out of the way for his rebound shot (espnfc.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s second win of the season against the Red Bulls…
A visual of the Fire on Wednesday night (unknown)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s train wreck in San Jose…
One Point! Of course we always get one point! (chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zaremba tries to find something to take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw…
It’s unanimous. Harry is Most Outstanding (soccerbyives.net)
OTF Roundtablers break out their grade books and embark upon a mid-term review…
Winning is so much better than drawing (chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissects an ugly, but necessary, road win by the Men In Red
Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (kansascity.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissects another one point pick up for the Fire.
The Fire stumbles its way to another draw (ap.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissects another “Meh” performance by the Men In Red.
Come on der guys.
OTF’s Brendan Carr revisits the roster, the standings, and the injury list, while Mike Kuhn tells tales of rough days past in Kansas City… Continue reading
La Pantera le gusta la Copa Abierta de EE. UU. (mlssoccer.com)
The OTF Roundtable is back to ponder the future…
Obi Wan Shippobi (photo: rantsports.com)
Each week, OTF Editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…
Harry Shipp notched another brace on Saturday (photo: chicago-fire.com)
OTF’s Brendan Carr brings you more dropped points at home…
Weapon Q creates PKs too (photo: golazo.com)
The Roundtable ponders whether Chicago Fire is better than their record shows…
Back in PanenKa form (photo: chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zaremba wades through the muck of Chicago Fire’s ugly win over Screamin’ Pete’s Sporting Club…
We’ve got the power! (photo: empireofsoccer.com)
Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…
This is the better. (photo: chicagotribune.com)
This week, the Roundtable ponders a profound statement by a fellow OTFer…
Let it all hang out, kid. (photo: chicagotribune.com)
T.J. Zaremba brings the heat (maps) behind Chicago’s first three-pointer of 2014…