"2015? Anyone? Anyone?" CHICAGO VS. TORONTO TOYOTA PARK - SATURDAY 8:30PM ET TV: SPORTSNET ONE MANUFACTURED DERBY NAME: "The Save Ferris Charity Match" FACTS* AND STATS** CHICAGO FIRE - "Les jeux sont faits. Translation: The game is up. Your ass is mine." is Mike Magee's favourite bit of banter in the tunnel before a match.
Tab Ramos is in the process of narrowing down his U-20 U.S. Men's National Team squad as he looks ahead to 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships. But there are some challenges, he told SBI in an exclusive interview time is running out and a number of players will not be available for the tournament.
One Point! Of course we always get one point! (chicago-fire.com)
T.J. Zarembatries to find somethingto take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw...
After a gritty win on the road last Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Fire returned to their "Kings of the Draw" form on Saturday night with another uninspiring performance against the Philadelphia Union.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – An early strike from Quincy Amarikwa marked the difference as the Chicago Fire topped the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night in Foxboro.
A turnover by the New England Revolution, combined with a chipped through ball from Mike Magee gave Amarikwa a breakaway chance in the third minute which he didn't miss, and which turned out to be the only goal in the match.
Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (kansascity.com)
T.J. Zaremba dissectsanother one point pick up for the Fire.
On the surface, the Chicago Fire tying another game is not news worthy. After all, they are the "Kings of the Draw".
But, considering Sporting KC is number two in the East, did not have a midweek game, returned US International Graham Zusi to their 18and were in front of their fans at Sporting Park, I conclude the Fire took a point instead of dropping two.
On a World Cup rest day, Major League Soccer continued, with the defending champions returning home to take on the Chicago Fire. In hot and humid conditions, neither team was able to find the final breakthrough as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer scored the opener in the 33rd minute when he took advantage of a poor mistake by Patrick Ianni and finished one-on-one with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.
Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.
The Fire will have an opportunity to reach the seventh US Open Final in club history but they'll have to beat a team they have yet to defeat in any competition. Since coming into the league in 2009 the Fire are 0-7-3 against Seattle including a loss in 2011's US Open Cup Final. If the Fire are to reach a seventh USOC Final they'll have to do it without Mike Magee who is unavailable due to a red card ejection in the quarter final game against Atlanta.
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.
A brace from Juan Luis Anangono kept the Fire alive and in the hunt for a fifth US Open Cup championship. The Ecuadorian forward replaced Mike Magee in the 77th minute after Magee suffered an ankle injury forcing him out of the match. After a dominant first half in which the Fire controlled the match but only managed to come away with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Patrick Ianni goal scored from a Harry Shipp free kick, the visitors turned the tables in the second act and took a 2-1 lead before Anangono tied it in the 83rd, forcing overtime.
A downpour combined with lightning in the area delayed kick off for almost two hours and another storm stopped play 4 minutes in the second half. The second delay was enough for US Soccer and match officials to declare Chicago victorious with a 2-1 lead and no apparent chance to resume the match. After a sluggish start from both teams, Grant Ward put the Fire on top in the 22nd minute after taking a pass from Quincy Amarikwa following a good build up.
The Fire have released the names on the training camp roster for the trip overseas and there are a few new names added to the list of guest players/trialists. Former Portland Timbers midfielder Franck Songo'o, Wilmington Hammerheads defender Albert Edward, and undrafted New Mexico defender Nick Miele round out the new additions.
The Fire announced today that Mike Magee will be out of action for the next 6-8 months after undergoing hip surgery on Monday night. Magee has missed the last three games and hadn't played since a 1-0 loss in Montreal on August 16. He had been struggling with various injuries that seemed to stem from the hip problem for some time.
It seems silly to think it but we're already halfway into the 2014 season. The summer transfer window is about to open up for the 19 MLS teams and the playoffs are just a few short months away from kicking off. Yes, it is all happening this quickly.
So what do each club need to do this summer in order to get to the MLS promise land?