Daniel Paladini

Maicon Santos

Fire's changes not quite complete heading into 2014

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As 2013 came to a close with a flurry of activity expect 2014 to start with another busy few weeks of Fire related news. As Frank Yallop wrapped his first two months on the job decisions needed to be made on player options ahead of the Re-Entry Draft. Chris Rolfe was re-signed after initially having his option declined, Daniel Paladini was traded to Columbus, Lovel Palmer was acquired, and CJ Brown was added to the coaching staff as Yallop's first assistant.

Fire decline options on 8 players including fan favorite Rolfe

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Ahead of Thursday's first round of the annual Re-Entry Draft the Fire have announced that 10 player options have been exercised and another 8 have been declined. The players who may be on the move include Mike Videira, Corben Bone, Joel Lindpere, Daniel Paladini, Logan Pause, Kellen Gulley, Chris Rolfe, and Maicon Santos although Frank Yallop has left the door open for some to return.

Club America defeat Fire 3-2 in friendly match

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A sellout crowd of 20,042 at Toyota Park saw Liga MX champion Club America defeat the Fire 3-2 in a pretty entertaining affair as these mid-season international friendlies go. A wide open first half ended in a 1-1 score after Daniel Paladini put the Fire ahead initially with a pretty chest trap and volley following a pass from Maicon Santos in the 19th minute.

Fire 2 Timbers 2 - recap and ratings

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Things looked bleak in the 58th minute after Ben Zemanski gave Portland a 2-0 lead but the Fire showed some resolve and some heart in battling back against one of the better teams in the league this season. The first 15-20 minutes of the match featured some exciting moments on both ends of the pitch.

Paladini seizes opportunities in MOTM performance

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BRIDGEVIEW - Redemption and making up for one's mistakes can be a good thing, and for Daniel Paladini, Sunday's 3-1 victory over New York was pretty sweet.

"I feel I let the guys down [the past two games]," Paladini said of missed chances in previous weeks. "I had wide open opportunities against Kansas City and against Chivas.

Frank Yallop

Fire acquire Palmer from RSL

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He might be best remembered as the guy the who missed the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City the MLS Cup last Saturday but the Fire acquired a solid role player in Lovel Palmer today. The well traveled Jamaican defender can play right back and holding midfield and should pose some competition for Jalil Anibaba.

Paladini traded to Crew; Bone is freed

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An active Re-Entry Draft day didn't see the Fire select anyone available but they were involved in other dealings. If you follow Fire Confidential on twitter you knew earlier today that Daniel Paladini was on the move but now the Fire have made it official. Paladini has been traded to Columbus for a fourth round draft selection.

Yordany Alvarez

Re-Entry Notes: Alston Opts Out, Revs Stand Pat

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Veteran defender Kevin Alston was one of nine players across the league who opted out of Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process prior to its start at 3pm on Thursday.

In addition to Alston, Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Mike Chabala (Houston), Yordany Alvarez (Real Salt Lake), Daniel Paladini (Chicago), Andre Akpan (New York), Josh Ford (Seattle), Bobby Convey (Toronto FC) and Tommy Heinemann (Vancouver) all pulled out of Thursday's proceedings.

Cooper, Convey, Alston among players to opt-out of MLS Re-Entry Draft

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By DAN KARELL

The amount of players available in today's first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft (3pm via teleconference) has dwindled by 11 from the original 68 players announced last Monday.

Of the 11 players to opt-out of the Re-Entry Draft, Kenny Cooper, Bobby Convey, and Kevin Alston are the most noticeable.

Chicago Fire

2013 Re-entry draft

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MLS released the list of 68 players available for the re-entry draft.

Re-entry draft will be held on Dec 18th, 2013

2013 Re-entry draft elegible players by club

Chicago Fire (9):

  • M Corben Bone
  • D Shaun Francis
  • M Joel Lindpere
  • M Daniel Paladini
  • M Logan Pause
  • M Chris Rolfe
  • F Maicon Santos
  • M Wells Thompson
  • M Michael Videira

Chivas USA (3):

  • D Ante Jazic
  • D Steve Purdy
  • M Josue Soto

Columbus Crew (2):

  • M Danny O'Rourke
  • M Konrad Warzycha

Colorado Rapids (3):

  • GK Steward Ceus
  • D Brian Mullan
  • M Jamie Smith

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OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 31

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Playoffs? Not so fast, Fire. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Each and every Wednesday, OTF contributors have their say on our Men in Red...

This week, what's your preferred tactical formation and starting XI? What do you think the outcome will be on Saturday night vs. Montreal?

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Last time hard man Jeff Larentowicz and the red-hot Kenny Miller faced off, the Fire won a little Cup. (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick and Dive Maria's Don MacArthur bring you a match preview that will leave you wanting to hop a last-minute plane to beautiful North Cascadia.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Sporting Club KC (2)

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Fotios: "Hey! Why are there always at least two blue shirts on my one red shirt?! Fair play anyone?!"

OTF's Shane Nicholson is back, so open up and say...OI!

"We started the game like shit and somehow managed to finish it off even worse.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Sporting Club Kansas City #2

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Fire hard man Jeff Larentowicz will have his hands full once again on national television. (photo: espn.go.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick and Down the Byline's Mike Kuhn take a look back and a look ahead at Sunday's battle between two teams that don't like each other very much...

Chicago Fire never says die.

A Beautiful Game

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The newest member of #cf97 Nation may be young, but he knows a good photo op when he sees one!

Join OTF's Robert Suarez as he welcomes a special new friend to the Chicago Fire family...

It was a typical early spring morning. Too cold and raw to be called spring, but the sun was also too high in the sky for it to be called winter anymore.

USOC: Act Two – Magee, Rolfe, Nyarko forge Fire comeback to down Crew 2-1

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Quarterfinals, here we come! (image: chicago-fire.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick was on hand at Toyota Park (twice) to witness the unfolding of another Fire victory over Columbus...

ACT ONE

The Massive City Columbus supporters group dubbed it the "Derecho Cup" on Wednesday night, although the storm that swept across Northern Illinois didn't quite live up to expectations once it reached Bridgeview.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 15

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Glorious.

Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see what they say about our Chicago Fire...

HIT THE MUSIC!!!


Aggregate = 14.9/19 ( +0.2 from last week) Yahoo! Sports(14)

"Chicago's home game against Portland was a perfect summary of their season: Showed up way too late, and that rally wasn't good enough.

SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Daniel Paladini

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Dispatch: Chicago Fire vs. Portland Timbers

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The Chicago Way (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Shane Nicholson is back with a report from Toyota Park on Chicago's dramatic 2-2 comeback draw with Portland...

The Fire somehow found a way to drag a point out of Saturday's Battle in Bridgeview with the well-hot Portland Timbers.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Ten

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Yeah we're here, just watching the season roll by... (photo: flickr.com/photos/chicagofiresoccer)

Each and every week, OTF's writers and contributors chime in on the state of the Fire...

Just about 1/4 of the 2013 MLS season has passed. Heading into the bye week, Chicago Fire is off to its worst start in franchise history.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Eight

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Hands on hips, frowns. Fire de rigueur? (photo: chicagotribune.com)

Your weekly gut check on the state of the Fire from OTF's writers and contributors

After the result in Houston, talk about Frank Klopas's lineup, tactics, and substitutions. Would you have done anything differently?

Postmortem: Chicago Fire at Houston Dynamo

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OTF contributor Daniel Casey editorializes on the Fire's 1-2 loss in Houston on Sunday afternoon.

The Houston Dynamo is not a team that loses at home. It's seems they have never been...well, at least, they haven't lost at home since July 2011. Although this puts a target on the Dynamo when opponents come into town, it has also created a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #6 - Preview

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After defeating the New York Red Bulls last weekend, April is already turning out to be a better month for the Chicago Fire than March. The Fire played their best game of this young MLS season and were able to triple their goal output for the season by winning against New York 3-1. Logan Pause came back from injury to anchor the midfield and Joel Lindpere played his best game as a Fire player after being slotted on the wing in place of Dilly Duka who was still out due to injury.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Six

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We've got the power! (image: usdirect.com)

OTF aggregates the power rankings each week to commiserate with the MLS pundits and get their thoughts on our Chicago Fire...

HIT THE MUSIC! Round Six Aggregate = 17.1/19 (+1.9 from last week) Soccer by Ives(15)

"Maicon Santos scored the winning goals for the Fire, but the play of Daniel Paladini was the real bright spot for the Fire.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Off The Schneid

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The Chicago Fire finally managed to get their first win of the season. These three points that the team earned on Sunday lifts them out of last place in the conference thanks to goals for now being the tie breaker in the standings. Matter of fact, the Fire managed to score just as many goals in Sunday's game as the two teams below them (New England and DC United) have scored all season combined.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Seven

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Your weekly gut check on the state of the Fire from OTF's writers and contributors...

Chicago Fire earned its first win this season with three goals against a lackluster RBNY side last Sunday. Beginning this Sunday however, they must face three of the top four Eastern Conference teams (Houston, Columbus, Montreal) in a thirteen day span.

Hunter Jumper on his first MLS start

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BRIDGEVIEW --- Getting his first MLS start Sunday afternoon, second-year defender Hunter Jumper made a smooth transition into the side -- and put in a solid performance to boot.

Coming in for the injured Gonzalo Segares -- a late scratch after picking up a right hamstring injury Friday -- Jumper slotted in at left back and assisted the Chicago Fire's opening goal in the 3-1 victory over New York.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire vs. Red Bull New York

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Paladini: a smile worth more than a thousand words. (photo: soccerbyives.net)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick takes a closer look at Chicago's timely 3-1 victory over the pink cows...

Those of you who still read the Sunday morning Chicago Tribune sports page (or perhaps follow the #cf97 hashtag on Twitter), were treated to this snarky blurb on Sunday morning:

Chicago Tribune: rubbing salt in the wound.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Daniel Paladini

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Chicago Fire were trailing as the final minutes ticked away in the first half of Sunday's match vs. the New York Red Bulls, and might have found it too tough a road to come back if they headed into the locker room trailing at halftime, but Daniel Paladini was determined to chance Chicago's fortunes and did just that.

Chicago Fire 3-1 New York Red Bulls: Fire earn first victory behind Paladini, Santos

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By JEREMY MIKULA

BRIDGEVIEW - Struggling to find the back of the net through the first four fixtures of the 2013 MLS season, the Chicago Fire put three past the visiting New York Red Bulls to earn the team's first win of the season with a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon.

A first half equalizer from Daniel Paladini and a second half brace from Maicon Santos helped give the Fire (1-3-1, 4 points) their first win of the season after falling behind in the 17th minute following a Jamison Olave volley.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Four

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Your weekly gut check on the state of the Fire from OTF contributors...

On the pessimism-optimism spectrum, where do you stand on the Fire right now and why? Emanuel Corpus

While discussing MLS with anyone, the word "parity" is bound to come up.

Dispatch from the Couch: Chicago Fire at Sporting KC

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Anibaba and the Men in Red: 'D' up (photo: zimbio.com)

With a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, Chicago Fire earned a point in Kansas on Saturday...

Yes, it is true, the Fire have no goals. And yes, it is true, only about 1/3 of the parts seem to work at the moment.

McInerney Leads as Union Shock Fire in Chicago

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The Chicago Fire's hopes of topping the Eastern Conference suffered a major setback with a 3-1 home loss to the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening.

The Union got off to a flying start with Jack McInerney's seventh-minute goal after Danny Cruz found him running unmarked straight down the middle of the Fire defense.

Wells Thompson apparently traded to the Chicago Fire

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Rumors about Wells Thompson being traded to the Chicago Fire started yesterday. That's weird I thought. Wells Thompson is a guy that this team doesn't need. The rumors persisted today but the move seemed so odd, I brushed it off. I don't have that luxury anymore as Wells Thompson went to Facebook to post a picture of himself in the Fire's locker room with the words, "Breaking News: Newest Member of the Chicago Fire Team!

Logan Pause

Rios move not in the cards

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Rumors out of Italy and South America have floated about recently regarding the Fire's interest in midfielder Arévalo Rios. A report today went so far as to claim a deal was imminent and suggested that Rios' agent was in Italy working out the details to complete a move to MLS. While the Fire have expressed some past interest in Rios it seems that a move is not in the making.

Positional Analysis Part 5: Coaching/Roster- A Look Back And A Look Forward

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As we look forward to the end of the offseason and to the start of preseason, we have to wonder what is going through the head of head coach Frank Klopas. What kind of moves will he make? What kind of formations and tactics will he employ throughout the 2013 season? These are the 2 major questions in my mind that I will delve into and try to answer for you.

MLS Carryover Minutes: Why Your Team May Not Have Enough

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Last year I looked into the concept of 'Carryover Minutes' and their relationship to success in Major League Soccer. I define carryover minutes as minutes that come from a player that was on a team the previous year. For example, the Chicago Fire received carryover minutes last night from Sean Johnson, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Logan Pause, Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro, and Daniel Paladini.

The Rest

Farfan says Cruz Azul move in the works for 2-3 weeks, more news

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Transcript of Michael Farfan's comments at Cruz Azul press conference. Support the Jessie Miele Fund. USMNT All-time Best XI announced. More news.

Fire 3 Red Bulls 1 - recap and ratings

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Take a second to exhale. The Fire earned their first victory of the season with a 3-1 decision over the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park. Things weren't looking good midway through the first half after the visitors grabbed a lead in the 17th minute despite the Fire controlling most of the play up to that point.

Fire 0 Sporting KC 0 - recap and ratings

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It wasn't pretty but the Fire managed to overcome an overwhelming Sporting Kansas City advantage in the stat line to cling to a 0-0 draw and earn their first point of the 2013 season. Frank Klopas' game plan was defensive and cautious and it worked well enough to get a result in a difficult place to play.