The return of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a major league. His agent and the Chicago Fire had been holding serious negotiations and the Fire appeared to be on the cusp of a real coup just in time for a playoff run.
Major League Soccer finally signed Jermaine Jones to a contract but how they placed him on a team was a wild ride. The Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution were both hot on the chase for the World Cup star but after some back and forth the 32-year old lands in New England thanks to a blind draw held at MLS HQ.
The Jermaine Jones - MLS saga is finally over. The 2014 USMNT World Cup star has signed with Major League Soccer, according to Alexi Lalas, who reported the news at halftime of today's Cascadia derby between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. After a blind draw, due to equaled interest between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, Jones ended up moving to Foxboro.
While Tim Howard continues to play for Everton and spend more time with his family, there will be sizeable void in the United States Men National Team's defense in a very literal sense. Between the two back-up goalkeepers who traveled with the team to Brazil, and a few scattered amongst MLS and the English Premier League, the fight for a starting birth should become very interesting during the next year.
Jermaine Jones wants to come to Major League Soccer, and even has a contract in place he is ready to agree to, but a snag in negotiations is threatening to kill a deal that has been in the works for the past month.
I am reporting on Goal.com that talks to bring Jones to MLS have hit a snag due to MLS' unwillingness to guarantee Jones which team he will be joining when he signs his contract.
Recent acquisitionIgnacio Piatti made his debut for the Montreal Impact Saturday, but it was one of the Impact's more familiar faces that truly made the difference in their clash with the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo.
After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshawdecided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.
The Chicago Fire announced Monday that the clubhas acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.
With the previous matchup between the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire resulting in an exciting5-4 Fire victory,Sunday's rematch between the two Eastern Conference playoff contenders had a lot to live up to.
Although Sunday's clash had little in common with its predecessor, the Fire emerged victorious yet again by knockingoff the Red Bulls, 1-0, via a 39th minute Mike Magee penalty kick.
When HarryShipp quietly became the Chicago Fire's first Homegrown Player, few expected him to explode on the scene like this.
The Fire rookie has been the clear leader in the MLS 2014 Rookie class and has been a regular starter for the Fire all season under head coach Frank Yallop, helping keep the Fire in contention for one of the final playoff places in the Eastern Conference.
In the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Bridge View, the Chicago Fire is incapable of anything except draws, and OTF's Alex White is losing it...
Like most descents into madness, it all started reasonably enough. After last game's clean sheet, coach Frank Yallop elected to continue sacrificing offensive fire-power (personified by rookie Harrison Shipp) for a defensive set-up that achieved an elusive feat of not-bottling-things.
The Philadelphia Union loans attacking midfielder Corben Bone to the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO.
The Philadelphia Union have announced a loan agreement with USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads for the services of attacking midfielder Corben Bone.
Bone was selected by the Union in the 2013 Re-Entry Draft after playing four seasons for the Chicago Fire and seeing a total of 26 minutes in the last two years, John Hackworth was familiar with Bone due to him being in Hackworth's USYNT U-17 camp back in 2005.
Former Schalke 04 star and currentU.S. Men's National Team regular Jermaine Jones will join theNew England Revolution as a Designated Player after the club won a blind draw over the Chicago Fire conducted by the league.
The32-year-old midfielder joined the Revolution after the club submitted its bid to the leaguefor Jones' services.
I don't know what I did to deserve this? I'm a good person. I am a part of an internationally acclaimed podcast. I make custom soccer jerseys for laughs. I shouldn't have got sick on my birthday week. Now I'm on the couch while my brother in law babysits my seats. So stupid.
The Seattle Sounders are headed to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final for the fifth time in their brief six year history.
An early tap-in from Chad Barrett triggered a cascade of goals that featured braces from Andy Rose and Kenny Cooperand ended witha 6-0 Sounders victory over the Chicago Fire in front of 4,361 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.
God bless the copy and paste buttons (chicago-fire.com)
Censors be damned, OTF opens its vault on a day it anticipated almost one year ago...
As reported by Chicago Sun Times Fire beat writer Brian Sandalow, and commented upon in the Tweet-o-sphere, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, presumably under the direction of new Communications Director Doug Hicks, removed the blog post that shocked the North American soccer world last August from its websitetoday.
The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, two of the oldest MLS teams renewed their rivalry in a match requiring the Fire to earn three points to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the end, the points were shared after an open and entertaining match.
Goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuain left the Eastern Conference rivals tied, and both having missed a chance to bolster their playoff hopes.