National Women’s Day
Since today is International Women’s Day, I thought I’d use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to write about gender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas has female capos? I did not know this until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner. Gaby’s piece, linked below, identifies some of the following negative and positive points. Continue reading
Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and Head Coach Veljko Paunovic calling Brian Bliss to get his laptop password.
Frankly, all of Fire Nation was hoping we’d have more things to talk about by now, but no dice.
With the international transfer window now open and the MLS Superdraft combine beginning today Chicago continues to shed both salaries, personalities, and staff.
The number of players remaining on the Fire’s roster sits at 14, with the organization making no additions during either stage of the Re-Entry Draft in December and choosing not to cash in on any of MLS’s first, albeit aging, free agents.
Evaluating players is a messy thing. With MLS’s first Free Agency class now available for purchase and MLS’s yearly Re-Entry Round 2 Draft beginning tomorrow (Thursday, 12/17), it is worth looking at who’s available… and who’s worth being available.
Fire Lose, but Red Stars and Fire Academy top out the Weekend with Victories
The Fire lost to Real Salt Lake in the Fire’s lone meeting with this Western Conference opponent.
On the positive side, Section 8 was loud yesterday and the Chicago Red Stars were greeted with open arms by Section 8 supporters as well as their own supporters, Chicago Local 134. The Red Stars gave the fans something to cheer about, beating Boston Breakers, 3-0. Awesome scarf!
For good or for bad, the Fire’s loss did not have the gut punch of last year’s 3-2 loss to Salt Lake with late game goals. Rather, this time the Fire went down 2-0 and attempted a last minute comeback after Shaun Maloney earned a penalty kick in the 88th minute. Captain Jeff Larentowicz scored on a strong, well-placed shot. And credit to him to following up his shot and picking up the ball and running to the center circle with a sense of restrained urgency.
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…
“Ouch! That hurts! That’s it, I’m falling down” (chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s march towards 16…
Quincy watching a different game than anyone else (www.theprovince.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire’s latest step in their march toward the league record in draws…
Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)
OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks “Then why are your having fun for?” after a 5-1 loss to San Jose…
Frank Yallop returns to San Jose tonight. (chicagotribune.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham wonders if Frank Yallop thought he’d be sitting on three wins when he returned to 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…
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
Sean J under siege in KC (chicago-fire.com)
Play for the draw? It’s a mixed bag from the Roundtable this week…
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.
Section 8 making the trip to Kansas (photo credit: Nick Tre. Smith from Sporting Kansas City Facebook page)
OTF contributor Daniel Casey tries to shake the doldrums after Chicago Fire draw once more…
Papa explaining why draws are bullshit. (photo: theredlist.com)
A frustrating day in Kansas City, but any day at the fights is a good one for Ernest Hemingway. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from Papa…
What? You thought I was going to a soccer match? (photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)
It was an ugly, ominous day, but our correspondent Ernest Hemingway made the most of it. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest from Papa…
There will be handshakes and pleasantries, but not goals between these two on Sunday (photo: mlssoccer.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham hopes the Men In Red can remain focused during a busy time, while Josh Guesman brings the intel on los Galacticos…
Have you grown weary of scenes like this? (photo: dispatch.com)
It’s still early, but the Roundtable ponders a question many answered before First Kick…
It doesn’t look good from here. (photo: jfklibrary.org)
Columbus was all hell. OTF’s Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from our correspondent in the field, Ernest Hemingway…
Mike Magee and strike partner Quincy Amarikwa will take their attack to another depleted back line on Saturday (Photo: mlssoccer.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham believes there are points to be taken from the road trip to Ohio, and Larry W. Johnson thinks his Crew are ripe for the picking…
Each week, OTF Editor-in-Chief Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red…
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…
“I’m telling ya, kid: you ‘n’ me could go places…” (photo: chicago-fire.com)
OTF’s Alex White looks back at the Fire’s pleasantly puzzling new streak—a winning one… Continue reading