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A Look at Sporting KC's Draft Position

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The MLS Superdraft is this week. It's not going to be an incredibly busy day for Sporting KC, especially in the early going. KC's first pick isn't until the last pick of the second round, the 38th pick overall. The team traded their first round pick, 19th overall, to New England in the trade that brought Benny Feilhaber to Kansas City.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #4 - Three Questions...sort of

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After yet another agonizing bye week for the Fire in this young 2012 MLS season, it's finally that time again. I am back to prep you for the Fire's Sunday night showdown with the Dynamo with our customary 3 questions exchange. Instead of having 6 total questions like we usually do, Zach Woosley over at Dynamo Theory was kind enough to answer the 3 questions that we had for him.

MLS Re-Entry Draft field lacks stars, dominated by veteran role players

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Fans expecting their team to nab that missing piece of the MLS Cup puzzle in the Re-entry Draft on Monday shouldn't get their hopes up.

Last year, clubs used the mechanism to bolster their rosters with the likes of Juan Pablo Angel, Josh Wolff, Jimmy Conrad and Cory Gibbs.

Re-Entry Draft field continues to shrink, leaves few options ahead of first stage

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By AVI CREDITOR

Don't expect to be wowed by the second edition of the MLS Re-Entry Draft now that most of the big names initially available are off the table.

Between Bobby Convey being traded to Sporting Kansas City, Bobby Boswell re-signing with the Houston Dynamo, Ante Jazic re-signing with Chivas USA and Santino Quaranta retiring, the quality of the draft pool has dropped immensely.

Chicago Fire

Breaking down the Chicago Fire back line...again

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Easily the most frustrating thing about covering an MLS club during the off-season is how quickly your hard work becomes outdated.

Take last week: we spent a lot of time seeing who the Chicago Fire would pick at #11, and BOOM, the club trades the pick to the Colorado Rapids for Jeff Larentowicz.

Injuries Force Gibbs to Retire from Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs announced his retirement Monday. Gibbs, 32, spent time in Germany, Holland and England before returning to MLS to join the Colorado Rapids in 2008. He also played briefly with the Dallas Burn in 2004 and [...]

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Gibbs retires after 12-year career

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Chicago Fire centerback Cory Gibbs is calling it a career.

The Fire announced Monday that Gibbs is retiring after a 12-year professional career that saw him play in MLS, the German Bundesliga and Eredivisie. The 32-year-old Gibbs also represented the U.

Game Thread: Dynamo at Fire, 2012 MLS Playoffs - Wild Card Play-In Game

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Well, here we are, the playoffs. If Houston wants to make another surprise run to the MLS Cup final, it starts tonight with a "win or go home" game against the Chicago Fire. The Fire have dominated the Dynamo this season, but as the cliche goes, you can throw all that out the window...or something like that.

Pavel Pardo questionable for Friday's match; other injury notes

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MLSSoccer.com's Anthony Zilis reported today that Chicago Fire midfielder Pavel Pardo is questionable for Friday's match:

Chicago Fire midfielder Pável Pardo didn’t practice on Tuesday and may miss his third straight game when the Fire head to Kansas City on Friday for a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.

Game Thread: Dynamo at Chicago Fire, 2012 MLS Match 27

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: Galavision - 6 p.m. SportsTalk 790 - 5:30 p.m. La Ranchera 850 - 5:30 p.m.
REFEREE: David Gantar. Career: 13 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 8; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Alex Dixon (heat illness); DF Warren Creavalle (L ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Calen Carr (L knee swelling) CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); DOUBTFUL: DF Steven Kinney (R groin pain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Logan Pause (rib fractures); MF Michael Videira (R Achilles inflammation)
HEAD-TO-HEAD:
  • ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Fire 3 wins, 16 goals .

Revolution vs. Fire: Preview and Game Notes

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The New England Revolution are facing the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Bridgeview is definitely not a favored environment for the Revs to try and break their six-game winless streak, but nevertheless they must try. Chicago is sitting pretty in fourth place with a game in hand on the teams above them, and will be looking at this fixture as an easy three points at home.

Game Thread: Dynamo v Chicago Fire, 2012 MLS Match 17

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BROADCAST INFORMATION: KPRC Local 2 - 7 p.m. La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio) SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio)
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 23.3; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 0; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT:

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Alex Dixon (concussion); MF Calen Carr (L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Je-Vaughn Watson (L adductor strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Oscar Recio (concussion)
CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); MF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis); DOUBTFUL: GK Paolo Tornaghi (R ankle sprain); FW Federico Puppo (R ankle sprain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
  • ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Dynamo 6 wins, 21 goals .

MLS Notes: Friedrich has hamstring strain, Kitchen injury minor & more

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When the Chicago Fire signed German international centerback Arne Friedrich, the one major concern was that the defender's injury past would prevent him from staying on the field.

That concern came to fruition over the weekend, when Friedrich had to exit the club's victory over Sporting Kansas City after getting his leg caught under him on the slippery surface on a rainy night at Toyota Park.

Trying to Get Back to Winning Ways

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Sporting KC is back in action tomorrow in Chicago when they'll take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Traveling there with Sporting are close to 500 traveling supporters, probably the largest traveling support for Kansas City for any game, save maybe MLS Cup 2004. Sadly I couldn't make the trip this year, but it'll be great to see the crowd that turns up to support Sporting tomorrow.

MLS Week 9: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Six months after facing off in a feisty, high-profile playoff series, the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls meet again -- but with a bit less star power.

Saturday's clash is the only match this season between the big-market clubs, both of which have experienced some early bumps in the road this year.

Game Thread: Dynamo at Fire, 2012 MLS Match 4

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Three weeks! It's only been three weeks!

The Dynamo are back at last with a trip to Chicago to face their Eastern Conference rivals the Fire.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: Galavision - 6 p.m. (Comcast: 50/HD 650; AT&T Uverse: 3003; DirecTV: 404; Dish: 273) SportsTalk 790 (ENG Radio) La Ranchera 850 (SPN Radio)
REFEREE: Geoff Gamble.

What does your team need ahead of the April MLS transfer deadline?

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The first transfer window of the 2012 MLS season closes on Sunday, and some teams could use the next couple of days to fine tune their rosters for the next couple of months before they are able to hit the international market again at the end of June.

Fire's Gibbs out up to 6 months

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Cory Gibbs has suffered yet another injury centerback.

The veteran, but oft-injured, defender will miss the next 4-to-6 months after undergoing surgery for a torn right meniscus on Tuesday. According to the Fire, the injury was suffered in training during last Wednesday.

MLS Carryover Minutes Week 4: Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids

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Chicago Fire technical director and head coach Frank Klopas used the 2011 season to find a winning combination of personnel. He had to fire former head coach Carlos de los Cobos and take the coaching reigns himself. There had to be some trades, dozens of new players had to be signed, multiple players had to be released, and in some cases players had to be signed and released in a matter of months.

Early Week Roundup - Chicago Fire

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There's so much going on in the Chicago Fire universe right now, it's hard to pick where to start. Let's set the tone the same way Section 8 Chicago did with their wonderful tifo display on Saturday night. 'For Two Years Our Flames Have Smoldered - Tonight We Reignite the Fire'. That was beautiful.

Match preview: Union at Fire

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What: Union at Chicago Fire

Where: Toyota Park, Chicago

When: 8:30pm ET

TV: Comcast Network

Late season acquisitions Sebastian Grazzini and Pavel Pardo returned early dividends for Chicago last season, and they are already making their mark in 2012.

Union vs Chicago quick reference

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All time record: 2-1-1
At PPL Park: 2-0-0
At Toyota Park: 0-1-1
Goals For: 5
Goals Against: 5

Did you know...

The Union (with Brad Knighton in goal) pitched their first ever clean sheet on Sept. 11, 2010 against Chicago. It was also Sheanon Williams first MLS game.

Fire sign German centerback Friedrich

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The Chicago Fire have taken what appears to be a major step in improving their back line.

According to reports out of Germany, the Fire have agreed to a one-year deal with Arne Friedrich, a German national team centerback. Friedrich confirmed the signing on his own website.

Cory Gibbs Ready to Anchor Back Line in 2012

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When Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs recently appeared on Windy City Live to promote the club's new sponsorship deal with Quaker Oats, the most astute of supporters may have noticed something different about his appearance: his jersey did had short sleeves.

"I love my long-sleeves," said Gibbs during a recent interview with Hot Time in Old Town.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: Full list of players available for selection

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Major League Soccer will hold its Re-Entry draft for the second year in a row. The first round will take place on December 5 with the second round taking place on December 12. Players available in this year's Re-Entry Draft include 69 players who had their options declined in addition to a handful of players that are out of contract.

Gargan among Fire's unprotected list

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The Chicago Fire and other Major League Soccer teams submitted their 11-player protected lists Monday in preparation for Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft for the Montreal Impact.

Among some of the Fire's noteworthy players left unprotected are forward Diego Chaves, midfielder Daniel Paladini, and defenders Dan Gargan, Josip Mikulic and Yamith Cuesta.

New England Revolution

Ex-Rev, Brown Defender Gibbs Calls it a Career

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Former Revolution defender Cory Gibbs retired from his professional playing career on Monday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Former Revolution defender Cory Gibbs, who attended Brown University prior to embarking on a career that took to Europe and back on two different occasions, announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday.

New England Revolution Call In Four New Trialists

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The New England Revolution has some new faces training in Tucson as they have taken on a new crop of trialists. Jeremiah White returns for his second attempt to earn a contract, and he will be joined by Björn Runström (forward, Sweden, 27), Luisito Campisi (midfielder, Italy, 25), Florian Lechner (defender, Germany, 30), and, of course, Tom Cruise (defender, England, 20), according to Sean Donahue at New England Soccer Today.

Let Reis Lead

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The Revs already have their veteran leader in the back: Matt Reis. (Photo by CHRIS ADUAMA/aduama.com)

Over the past few seasons there seemed to be a general consensus that the New England Revolution needed a veteran in the back line to help guide its relatively young defense. Admittedly, I was a part of that group.

Jalil Anibaba

Cory Gibbs Retires

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It would seem that Cory's season ending injury that he suffered early last season was too much to come back from. I think we can all agree that Gibbs was a great teammate and a great leader. Unfortunately his career was cut short more prematurely than any of us would have liked, but Cory has a nice 12 year professional career to put to his name.

Klopas vs Yallop in San Jose: A Tale of Two Games

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Last year San Jose Earthquakes physically beat up and outworked a Fire team that could ill afford a loss. It was one of those very questionable losses that you could see coming a mile away. For whatever reason Frank Klopas deployed an odd lineup. Some of this was due to suspensions (Sega was suspended for last year's game in San Jose as well) but others were coaching decisions.

Game 11: Burn vs Fire: ENCROACHMENT!

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This game was nuts. Inexplicable referee decisions. Overly physical play. Weird penalties. Poor set piece defending. Golazo! Dives. Goalie Coach ejection. Yellow cards. Two (!) penalty saves. Nerve racking final minutes. All of this resulted in an ugly, but a rather satisfying (Hi Brimstone Cup you sexy thing you) victory.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #4 - Gamethread - 6:00 PM CST - Comcast SportsNet

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Here are a couple of things to look out for in today's game. Be sure to check out the pre-game show at 5:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet. Ours and your in-game comments are after the break.

Jalil Anibaba and Arne Friedrich Pairing

The bad news is that Cory Gibbs is out 4-6 months as he recovers from knee surgery.

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact - Quotes, highlights, box score

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Chicago Fire 1 - 1 Montreal Impact

Chicago Fire: Paolo Tornaghi; Dan Gargan, Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares (Hunter Jumper, 68'); Marco Pappa (Federico Puppo, 62'), Pavel Pardo, Logan Pause ©; Sebastian Grazzini (Daniel Paladini, 79'); Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko

Substitutes not used: Jay Nolly, Corben Bone, Rafael Robayo, Orr Barouch

Montreal Impact: Donovan Ricketts; Jeb Brovsky, Mateo Ferrari, Tyson Wahl, Josh Gardner; Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins, Patrice Bernier (Lamar Neagle, 82'), Justin Mapp (Andrew Wenger, 68'); Sanna Nyassi, Justin Braun (Bernardo Corradi, 77')

Substitutes not used: Greg Sutton, Callum Mallace, Shavar Thomas, Collen Warner

Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas

On the game.

Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes/Ventura County Fusion - Preseason - 11:30 AM CST - Live Audio

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There are two games that will be played at the same time. The Fire's first team will take on the San Jose Earthquakes. A second team will take on the Ventura County Fusion. Here are the respective lineups:

vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Jay Nolly; Dan Gargan, Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares; Logan Pause (C), Pavel Pardo, Patrick Nyarko; Federico Puppo, Dominic Oduro

Substitutes: Sean Johnson, Rodrigo Inigo, Rafael Robayo, Lucky Mkosana

vs.

Preseason: Chicago Fire Top Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0

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The Chicago Fire had no trouble dispatching Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0 in their second game of the 2012 preseason. Marco Pappa scored a goal in the 7th minute and assisted on Dominic Oduro's goal in the 21st minute. Orr Barouch made it 3-0 in the 60th minute of the game on a Corben Bone corner kick.

tactical decision

Fire Overpowers Union

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Chicago was just too much for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. In the fog and mist Toyota Park was buzzing with excitement for the home opener of 2012. And the Fire didn't fail.
From the first whistle Chicago dictated play on the field. The team seemed to have complete control of the game with very good ball movement.

Fire Overpowers Union

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Chicago was just too much for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night. In the fog and mist Toyota Park was buzzing with excitement for the home opener of 2012. And the Fire didn't fail.
From the first whistle Chicago dictated play on the field. The team seemed to have complete control of the game with very good ball movement.

The Rest

“We deserve this”: Reaction to Union’s commanding win, HCI wins, OC wins, RU draws, more news

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Reaction to the Union's commanding 3-0 win over Columbus. Harrisburg wins another. Ocean City wins, Reading United draws. More news.

Fire back-line on verge of getting boost from injured defenders Gibbs and Kinney

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The Fire may be on the verge of a defending boost.

Both Cory Gibbs and Steven Kinney are on their way to recovery from their injuries, which will hopefully add depth to an already formidable back-line.

"Things are going well. I'm on progress to be back hopefully training fully in the next three to four weeks," Gibbs said, after spending the first hour of training jogging around the pitch at Toyota Park.