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MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Chicago Fire

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After two straight seasons at the bottom of the table, the Fire are desperate to be competitive

The Chicago Fire have been MLS's worst club for two straight years. In 2015, they lost 20 times, fired coach Frank Yallop mid-season, and did not retain interim boss Brian Bliss. In 2016, after new GM Nelson Rodriguez hand-picked Veljko Paunovic to be the club's new head coach, they picked up precisely one more point in the standings, and actually won fewer games and had a worse goal difference.

“Something to build on”: Union top Houston, league results, Olympic qualifying roster released, more

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Union get first home win in league play since July. Harrisburg fails to reach USL playoffs for first time since 2010. League results wrap. US Olympic qualifiers roster announced. More.

Fire news and notes - Maloney update

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During the Section 8 Chicago/ISA's Annual General meeting this past weekend Fire brass updated supporters on a variety of topics during a Q&A session. Here's a quick rundown of the highlights for those that were not in attendance:
  • Frank Yallop, Brian Bliss, Atul Khosla, and Logan Pause all participated in the Q&A session.

Acquisition Report Card: A Grade for Each Chicago Fire Newcomer

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Close your Lisa FrankTrapper-Keepers and put down your no.2pencils, the mid-term grades for Chicago Fire n00bz are in, and some are better than others.

Six starters fromthe 2013 opening day havenotmadeit to this point in the2014 season. In addition to thatpersonnel,the Chicago Fire have also ejected an impressive portfolio of otherplayers .

MLS Player's Union Salary report is out - time to review the Fire's budget

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Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss have repeated time and again that the club was working with a tight budget coming into the season. The MLSPU released their spring version of the 2014 Player's Salary report today and shed some light onto just how tight the Fire's cap/budget situation is at the moment. Of course, the numbers shared by MLSPU aren't always reflective of the exact number for each player as it relates to the cap but it does provide a guideline for those of us who attempt to decipher the byzantine world of MLS budget accounting every season.

Pre season is almost here - Yallop, Bliss, Brown talk 2014

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Frank Yallop, Brian Bliss, and CJ Brown hit on a variety of topics in a pre-season press conference this afternoon. Players report for physicals tomorrow and the team departs for Florida on Sunday and the top three decision makers on the Fire's revamped technical staff were made available to discuss their plans going forward.

Brian Bliss named as Fire Technical Director

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Frank Yallop needed someone with knowledge of MLS' inner workings and an eye for talent as his right hand man and he apparently got that with the hiring of former Columbus Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss. His resume includes a six year stint as TD in Columbus before taking over as interim coach to close this season and six years as an assistant in Kansas City.

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More Nowak details emerge, league news, more

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More details from Nowak lawsuit are emerging. More news.

District 12 state run ends early, playoff previews, more

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District 12's Father Judge, Lansdale Catholic, Conwel-Egan, each defeated in PIAA state tournament first round. Playoff bits. More news.

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Brian Bliss Named Sporting KC's Director of Player Personnel

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Sporting Kansas City made an addition to their technical staff today when the club hired former player, assistant coach, and interim head coach Brian Bliss as the club's first Director of Player Personnel. Bliss spent one season in Kansas City as a player back in 1998, appearing just three times after being acquired from New York in the offseason.

Friday's Upside: Words

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Their Words "With the coach, his teammates and the fan base, there seems to be an incident around every corner he turns." Columbus technical director Brian Bliss, speaking to The Columbus Dispatch about Andres Mendoza. Other Sources US sticks to its tried-and-true formula - from ESPN.com's Leander Schaerlaeckens: The US tends to sort out its own game before looking over to see what everybody else is doing.

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Who Is The Next Chicago Fire Coach?

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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 thisSunday. Media speculatesthat a great deal of this conversation revolves around choosing a coach for the 2015 season.

Coaching carousel spins in Canada

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The rumors are flying (presumably on Air Canada) about whose name will come up when the Montreal Impact name their first MLS coach on Wednesday.

The frontrunner, according to The Washington Post's Steven Goff, is former Chivas USA and Chicago Fire star Jesse Marsch, who is reportedly a friend of Matt Jordan, the former MLS goalkeeper who is now director of soccer operations for the Impact.

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Bliss Named Interim Coach of Chicago - Former SKC Wizards Update

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The Chicago Fire fired head coach Frank Yallop this past week after the team had amassed a 7-16-6 record this season. Taking Yallop's place on the bench is former Kansas City defender, assistant coach, and interim head coach, Brian Bliss takes over. This will be Bliss' third stint as the interim boss of a team after having also been interim boss of the Columbus Crew.

Brian Bliss Out in Columbus - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Brian Bliss pulled double duty for Columbus with the firing of Robert Warzycha becoming the head coach along with his technical director position. He almost got the Crew into the playoffs this year, falling just short. He was one of the club's candidates to take over the job permanently. He didn't get the full time coaching job, and ended up losing his technical director position as well, as the club hired Gregg Berhalter to come in.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Another week of former SKC Wizards updates, some extra news this week as well. By now you've heard about Craig Rocastle signing with the Missouri Comets, but there's other news as well. Eddie Johnson's club career continues to spiral down for him, as he's already out at Puebla in Mexico. Apparently the forward failed his physical and was not fit and was released basically 2 days after showing up in Mexico.

Columbus Crew

SBI MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

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By DAN KARELL

Not long into his tenure as owner of the Columbus Crew, Anthony Precourt hit the reset button when it became clear that the Crew would miss the playoffs for a third straight season.

Over the past eight months, the Crew waved goodbye to familiar faces such as head coach Robert Warzycha, technical director Brian Bliss, and players Chad Marshall, Eddie Gaven, and Andy Gruenebaum.

Entering the Final Month

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Sporting Kansas City enter the final month of the regular season tomorrow in Columbus when they take on the Crew. Clinching a playoff birth is in sight right now for KC, but they have to have their goals aimed higher. Sitting second in the East right now KC is only 4 points clear of fourth place Houston.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Columbus Crew #3

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The Columbus Crew have only managed a penalty kick goal against the Austin Berry and the Fire so far in 2013
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OTF's Jon Denham likes Cacha Rios to net his first Fire goal and Helltown Beer's Larry W. Johnson scratches his head regarding Dominic Oduro's role under Brian Bliss.

Know Your Enemy: Columbus Crew #3

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Macho men

OTF's Stephen Mangat grabs his Ouiji to get signals from beyond on Chicago's nemesis...

This week in Columbus, a group of Ohio State University studentswho joked their off-campus home was haunted found out that a strange man had been living for months in a secret room inside their house.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ryan Finley

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By DAN KARELL

With Federico Higuain unavailable, newly-installed Columbus Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss called upon forward Ryan Finley to help lift the team during their mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo.

Finley certainly exceeded all expectations last Wednesday, scoring a goal and assisting on another as the Crew defeated the Dynamo, 2-0.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Ethan Finley

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By DAN KARELL

With Federico Higuain unavailable, newly-installed Columbus Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss called upon forward Ryan Finley to help lift the team during their mid-week match against the Houston Dynamo.

Finley certainly exceeded all expectations last Wednesday, scoring a goal and assisting on another as the Crew defeated the Dynamo, 2-0.

Sporting Look to Overcome Absences

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Sporting Kansas City head into tomorrow night's game against the Columbus Crew undermanned. The club will be without five players and recently sold a sixth in Kei Kamara. Kansas City needs to continue to get results at home, with how close the entire Eastern Conference is, and with a number of teams having games in hand, KC cannot afford to lose points at home.

Crew part ways with Warzycha, name Bliss as interim head coach

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By DAN KARELL

After spending the last 18 years with the Columbus Crew as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, Robert Warzycha has spent his last day with the club.

The Crew announced on Monday morning that they have parted ways with Warzycha, while making technical director Brian Bliss the interim head coach.

U.S. U-20 MNT's Wil Trapp evolving under Brian Bliss's eyes

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U.S. U-20 MNT's Wil Trapp
For anyone who has followed the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team leading up to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, they would know just how consistent and essential midfielder Wil Trapp has been throughout the year for this group.

Bliss To Split Duties With Columbus And Under-20's

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The Columbus Crew announced on Wednesday that their technical director and US National Team alum Brian Bliss will be assisting Under-20 National Team coach Tab Ramos. He will remain in his role with Columbus. "Having played for the national team, it is an honor to be asked to return and contribute in another way," Bliss said in a press release announcing the additional role.

MLS Notes: Bliss joins U.S. U-20 staff, Portland's first Homegrown deal & more

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Columbus Crew technical director Brian Bliss can add U.S. Under-20 national team assistant coach to his resume after becoming the first assistant appointed to Tab Ramos' staff on Wednesday.

Bliss will maintain his duties with the Crew while assuming the added international responsibilities.

The Search for a New Leader: The Candidates

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As Revolution president Brian Bilello's self-imposed 7 day deadline approaches, we here at The Bent Musket wanted to take a look at a few of the "serious" names on the short list of possible candidates. With Paul Mariner re-upping his contract with Toronto FC (amazingly, Mariner re-signed almost IMMEDIATELY after meeting with the Revs) New England was left with only a few truly solid choices that made sense, followed by quite a few question marks.

The Search for a New Leader: The Candidates

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As Revolution president Brian Bilello's self-imposed 7 day deadline approaches, we here at The Bent Musket wanted to take a look at a few of the "serious" names on the short list of possible candidates. With Paul Mariner re-upping his contract with Toronto FC (amazingly, Mariner re-signed almost IMMEDIATELY after meeting with the Revs) New England was left with only a few truly solid choices that made sense, followed by quite a few question marks.

MLS East Notes: Klopas talks Open Cup, Nowak considers CB options and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

The Chicago Fire haven't had much to celebrate in a season marred by the ouster of coach Carlos de los Cobos and a league-low four wins through 26 games.

But Tuesday's 2-1 triumph over the Richmond Kickers put Chicago in the U.

MLS East Notes: Ashton to face Soehn, Crew hoping to bolster attack and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Through a couple twists of fate, Saturday's match between D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps will be an unlikely clash between a mentor and his onetime apprentice.

Vancouver interim coach Tom Soehn will be matching wits on the touchline with Chad Ashton, his top assistant when he coached United from 2007 to 2009.

Philadelphia Union

Union bits, Seattle wins, MLS clubs clean house, more morning news

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Dave Zeitlin has five ways the Union can improve. Seattle tops Colorado in Western Conference knockout game. Clubs firing, hiring. Panama protests Mexico. More news.

Fabinho appeal, Temple, Penn State, and Delaware in NCAA Top 25, MOF gets USMNT call-up, more

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Union will appeal Fabinho's red card, who will play fullback absent both Fabinho and Sheanon Williams, River Cup raises over $35,000 for charity, 3 local colleges in national top 25, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil, and more in today's news roundup.

Fabinho earns praise, playing through the middle, Mkosana on loan to Rowdies, more

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Sports Illustrated notes Fabinho's good play, naming him Player of the Day and to Team of the Week. Harrisburg's Lucky Mkosana on loan to NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies. More news.

The Rest

OTF Roundtable: Red Thursday

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WhileFire nation waspatiently waiting for Nelson Rodriguez'sThanksgiving announcement of their new coach, they went ahead and axed a lot of people. Like... a lot of people.

CHICAGO (November 19, 2015) Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced changes to the soccer staff, parting ways with Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb and Head of Scouting Trevor James.

Linc to host Copa Centenario games, Maidana nominated, Conference finals begin, more

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Philly announced as one of ten Copa America Centenario host cities. Maidana nominated for Latino Player of the Year. MLS conference finals begin on Sunday. More news.

Fire continue staff shake up

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The Fire have parted ways with Head of Scouting Trevor James, Goalkeepers Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb, Director of Team Operations Ron Stern, Equipment Manager Charles Raycroft, and Assistant Equipment Manager Alan Araujo. I reported this morning that Technical Director Brian Bliss had also been dismissed but that isn't happening just yet.

Ex-CT Wolves’ Bliss Recalls ’89 Qualifier in STL

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Friday's World Cup Qualifier between the United States and St. Vincent & the Grenadines will put the Yanks in St. Louis for the first time since 1997, but a local voice recently spoke about a match that took place in the historic soccer hub a generation ago.

Former Connecticut Wolves (A-League) defender and coach Brian Bliss who most recently served as head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2015 told USSoccer.

The Kids Are Alright: The Chicago Fire are the New Cubs

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(via USA Today)

Afterwhat was a pretty successful leaguerun for the first decade or so of their existence, Chicago'sstill-young franchise had begun to stall.

It was a newcenturyandthere was a clear need for change. The ownerousted theirmanager (a beloved former player) and the vacuum that remained caused an even further dip in performance.

Dare To Dream: Ray Hudson To The Revs!

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Brian Bilello's announced seven-day window from the time of his conference call until the naming of a new head coach is winding to a close, and so far we've learned a few things about the Revolution's quest:

  • There were around a dozen candidates identified and interviewed
  • Jimmy Conrad announced, to no one in particular, that he was not interested in the job because he hated football lines and had too much respect for Steve Nicol
  • Paul Mariner, Steve Ralston, Jay Heaps, and Brian Bliss are definitely among the candidates
  • Paul Mariner ruled himself out immediately after interviewing, accepting a 2-year extension with Toronto
  • The candidates were gleaned from a diverse array of backgrounds, with MLS and non-MLS experience throughout

It's probably a little late, but I'd like to take this opportunity to put forward my number-one, most prized candidate for the job.