Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.
We spoke with Jeff Englehardt of Hot Time In Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Union.
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – When theChicago Fire signed John Goossensless than a week beforethe 2016 season opener,any fans who recognized the name likely only knew him from one highlight.
As a trialist in a preseason friendly, Goossens chest-trapped a ball and hammered home a looping volley from more than 25 yards out.
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – It took the better part of the first half, but something seemed to click for the Chicago Fire's offense on Friday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.
The visiting Earthquakes controlled possession for theopening 20-plus minutes, but when they didn't make much of that possession, the Fire began to grow into the game.
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Goose egg. No, that is not a misspelling of Chicago Fire newcomer John Goossens. It is the number of points that Chicago came away with in their last match. As it happens it is also the number of goals scored in that match, and most worryingly the number of shots that Chicago had on target.
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Before Saturday's match, two of the Chicago Fire's young starters wereannounced as part of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's 23-man roster for itsupcoming Olympic qualifying playoff.
Second-year midfielder Matt Polster androokie defender Brandon Vincent will leave on Sunday to join the U.
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While D.C. Unitedhas officially added a new goalkeeper, a few players suffered injuries the weekend before the start of the 21st MLS season.
New York Red Bulls forward Gonzalo Veron suffered a potential hamstring injury after scoring a hat trick in his club's 5-1 win over Jacksonville Armada FC on Saturday.
The Fire head into a busy stretch after having to sit idle for two of the last three weekends. A good test comes Wednesday night in Vancouver with a game in New England following on Saturday. The team will be on the road for more than one solid week ahead of another Wednesday/Friday combination during the next round.
Veljko Paunovic addressed the Fire's goalkeeping situation, the status of John Goossens visa, the opening loss at home, the upcoming match, and more during his weekly conference call with media. Here's the recap: On the NYCFC game plan and tactics "We wanted to play the way that we can win the game.
Sources have confirmed that Dutch midfielder John Goossens has agreed to a contract with the club, although it appears that the deal hasn't been signed yet. That formality is keeping an official announcement from being made. Goalkeeper Matt Lampson was announced as the team's 22nd signed player this morning and there will be more on the way.
ROTTERDAM The agony of Feyenoord Rotterdam does not end. Today, a new chapter was added to the
story of the declining club. Three days after the hopeless 2-0 defeat at Ajax, the fans saw De
Graafschap was too strong: 0-1. "Shame on you, shame on you', rolled it from the angry stands. The
DOETINCHEM, Netherlands PSV handed Twente an opportunity to claim the Eredivisie's top spot, while
Willem II's season of woe continued on Saturday. PSV lost Orlando Engelaar 10 minutes before
half-time just as they were enjoying their best spell of attacking pressure, with Ibrahim Afellay
hitting the bar and then setting up Jonathan Reis [.
As expected, the Fire have announced that Arturo Alvarez has signed with the club. The MLS veteran played well enough during his preseason trial to pick up a one year deal with an option for 2017. He should compete for a spot at right midfield come Sunday. Double Dutch The Fire have been busy with Dutch players this offseason.