The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.
The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.
This is a busy week for Frank Yallop and the Chicago Fire technical staff. Following Sunday's 1-1 draw in Kansas City, the team returned to training today and depart for Atlanta this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's US Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NASL's Silverbacks. They'll go from Atlanta to Boston, where they'll train on Friday in preparation for a Saturday match with the New England Revolution.
OTF contributor Daniel Casey mulls over Chicago Fire's third loss of the season...
This week I'm keeping it short.
Rage was the order of the day when Chicago Fire traveled to face Columbus Crew. I was already in a bad mood due to our nation's most recent gun massacre on the University of California-Santa Barbara campus.
*Editor's note: Jay (@rescindedred) provided us with some fantastic musings about the Spanish National Team here, but in turn, this week his usual MLS analysis was truncated down to only the throw-in's, enjoy.
While we don't have relegation in MLS, we do have the excitement of which coach will get fired first.
Perhaps a new combination of defenders behind Red will have to slow down the RBNY attack (photo: mlssoccer.com)
OTF'sJon Denham stops shaking his head long enough to get you ready for Saturday, and Seeing Red's Mark Fishkin is back to tell a turnaround story...
Last weekend, the Fire conceded twice after the 89 minute mark against Real Salt Lake to snatch a loss from the hands of victory after the first shutout of the season came off the board with 20 minutes to play.
T.J. Zaremba has fun with heat maps, despite last Saturday's result...
In making my prediction for the Fire's matchup versus Real Salt Lake, I optimistically predicted a draw. The Men in Red had been able to draw against just about everyone during the campaign so far, thus I held an inkling of hope.
Jeff Larentowicz reacts after Real Salt Lake game-tying goal. (image:YouTube.com)
OTF's Brian Howe Battle looks at Saturday'sFiremeltdown at home...
If drawing when you could have lost feels like victory (as the Fire did in Utah last year), and drawing when you could have won feels like defeat (as we've seen many times so far this year), what do youmake of losing a match you were winning in 88th minute?
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Nothing comes easy for the Fire and a trip to Atlanta to face a suspension depleted NASL club with a 3-5-1 record was no exception. A gritty 3-1 victory over the Silverbacks was the Fire's first win on artificial turf since June 28, 2011. Frank Yallop fielded close to a first choice side but Atlanta still enjoyed an advantage from the run of play for long stretches in the contest.
Unlike much of the last six matches, it's hard to make a case for the Fire being deserving of a better outcome than a draw. Real Salt Lake appeared to control this match from start to finish despite trailing 2-0 at half time. Chicago capitalized on two beautiful sequences but did little to protect the lead as the visitors enjoyed look after uncontested look before finally breaking through.
The last time these two clubs met on March 23rd both were in the throws of early season struggles with nary a win between them. Things have changed since then for one of the teams. New York has gone on to a 3-1-3 record since the 1-1 draw at Toyota Park. The Fire on the other hand are still winless after sporting a 0-1-4 mark since that match.
As expected USL-Pro has added a club in St. Louis. The team will be operated by youth club Scott Gallagher and run on a daily basis by CEO Jim Kavanaugh who is also the CEO of World Wide Technology, a company listed by FORTUNE as one of the top 100 companies to work. They will have a 5,000 seat stadium to play in and eventually an MLS partner in Chicago.
Squad close to fully fit Alex, Dilly Duka, and Gonzalo Segares have all returned to full training and should give Frank Yallop a pretty full compliment of players to choose from this Saturday. Segares played 45 minutes in last Friday's reserve match but hasn't seen real game action since week 2 against Portland.
Frank Yallop has added some support to his midfield with the signing of 31 year old Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis. While this acquisition won't excite the masses or give the Fire a marketable name, Cocis is a veteran who last played in the Ukranian Premier League with Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow featuring as the biggest club on his résumé.
San Jose is at the foot of the Western Conference, but the Bay Area has never been a happy hunting ground for D.C. United. That said, fans are well within reason to demand a third straight road win out of the Black-and-Red given their place in the standings as compared to their hosts.
Sometimes you have to really land hard to figure things out.
Expect the Fire to field a strong side against USL-Pro's Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The visitors feature former Fire bust Collins John and ex-MLS players Joseph Ngwenya and Danny Earls but they currently sit at the bottom of the USL table with a 1-7-5 record. Frank Yallop will have a full squad at his disposal with the exception of Patrick Nyarko and Gonzalo Segares, who both underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in their ankles over the last few weeks.
It certainly wasn't pretty but the Fire managed to hold on for three points at home against a far less than full strength Sporting Kansas City side. What looked like a dire stretch of difficult matches two weeks ago with New York and Sporting Kansas City beginning a string of six challenging contests before the World Cup break has yielded two consecutive wins.
The Fire convened for their first training session since Saturday's 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution. Their sixth consecutive draw equals the MLS record set by Colorado for most consecutive ties in the regular season. Despite the draws, Frank Yallop said morale among the players is good and he is happy with their play over the last few weeks.