Posts Tagged ‘chicago

28
Aug
09

Soumare is Officially going to France

It was announced Wednesday afternoon that Bakary Soumare was officially a member of Boulogne of Ligue 1 the French 1st Division.  The newly promoted club has been pursuing Soumare since the begining of the season and after the altercation with teammate Logan Pause and Coach Hamlett it seemed inevitable that this move was at some point inevitable.  In a statment released by the club Fire technical director Frank Klopas said;

“We would like to thank Bakary Soumare for his contributions to this club and wish him the best in his future playing career.”

It is rumoured that Boulogne payed a transfer fee of $2.15 million for the rights to Soumare’s contract.

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12
Aug
09

Where is OUR Front Office?

A major problem with the Chicago Fire? Our front office seems dissinterested in the tea, fans and the sport in general.  Here is a letter from the DC United president to their supporters and city at large.  My message, where is the passion from our leadership and team?  The only group that seems to have this passion for the Fire in Section 8 Chicago and they are looked down upon by the Fire organization. Here is a call to arms that Chicago wants leadership that cares!

Dear Washington, D.C. –

We win trophies.

Since our first season in 1996, D.C. United has won 12 major domestic and international trophies and is firmly established as the most successful organization in the history of U.S. professional soccer.

On September 2, at 7:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium, we will try to add a 13th title to the D.C. United trophy case when we defend our championship in the prestigious Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a competition which began in 1914.

Our opponent, Seattle Sounders FC, is new to MLS. They’re in the midst of a great inaugural season and have developed a large and passionate fan base. The Sounders, and its fans, have said that Washington, D.C. and its fans do not deserve to host the match at RFK. They insisted the match should be played in Seattle.

For 14 seasons, our fans have been the standard by which other fans in Major League Soccer are measured.

For 14 seasons, our fans have brought unmatched energy, enthusiasm and passion to RFK Stadium and Major League Soccer.

And now, after 14 trophy-filled seasons, it is time for our fans – for all D.C. area sports fans – to remind everyone who the best sports fans in the country are.

I know not all of you are D.C. United fans. Many of you aren’t even soccer fans, but a challenge has been issued and we expect all sports fans in D.C. to meet it. Join us at RFK. Hear the songs of passion. Feel the stadium bounce. Stand up and cheer. Stand up for another championship. Stand up for D.C.

We win trophies. Join us for the next one.

Kevin Payne
President and CEO, D.C. United

04
Aug
09

Viewing Party Chicago Fire vs Houston Dynamo

Join with you’re fellow Fire fans at Quigley’s Irish Pub in Naperville, IL for food, drink specials, giveaways, and of course free raffles.  And the most important part, seeing the Fire kick on Houston to earn 3 pts!

When: Sunday, August 9 at 7pm (game starts at 7:30)

Where: Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E Jefferson Naperville, IL

02
Aug
09

Chicago 1, Real Salt Lake 0

The Chicago Fire today played an impressive 90 minutes of mediocrity, using a moment of brilliance to secure the win.  And all of this while still being the better team on the field for the 90 minutes of play.

The Fire backline once again bunkered down and did not allow the opposing forces many chances on goal.  However the Fire once again showed a nack for giving up possession far too often and not utilizing their strengths.  Denis Hamlett using Chris Rolfe as a winger has completely destroyed his confidence as a striker, a position he is better for and must play with McBride injured and Blanco at 36 and nursing injuries.

After a full half of the Fire not making opportunities, often due to too much fancy footwork, Nyarko was able to head in a beautiful cross from CDM Tim Ward in the second half to give the Fire the lead which they held until the finish.

Goal

Patrick Nyarko (76) assist Tim Ward

Starting Lineup

—————————————Busch————————————-

———-Prideaux——–Soumare————Brown———Segares———-

———————Pause—————————-Ward———————

——-Pappa—————————————————-Mapp———–

—————————————-Rolfe————————————-

—————————————Nyarko———————————–

Subs

Mike Banner for Justin Mapp (65)

Calen Carr for Chris Rolfe (77)

Baggio Husidic for Marco Pappa (88)

29
Jul
09

Where is the Passion?

There has been plenty of talk this year of league wide attendance issues (except Seattle of course).  This is quite prevelant in Chicago where our lifetime average attendance of 15,691 during the regular season, including a year at North Central College in Naperville while Soldier Field was renovated.  This season had the lowest average attendance of 12,922.

Now during 2009 we are averaging 12, 838 per game through eight home games.  This is only above 12,000 due to our last 2 games which had attendance numbers of 18,123 and 14,228.  Before these two games not one game had more than 14,000 fans and only 2 of the 6 games had attendances over 12,000 fans.  So how is it that what is arguably one of the most talented teams in the league is so low on attendance?  Of course we can attribute some to the economy being down, but it is deeper than that.  Much of the blame should really be on the front office of the club which is not getting their job done, and on coach Dennis Hamlett who is not utilizing the talents of his players to the fullest.

It seems that the front office of the Chicago Fire think that if they appear on ESPN2 and FSC a few times a year like other MLS teams and have a website that the success and fans will come.  Were is the local promotion of the club and its successes? Were is the local tv and radio broadcast of games? Were is the up to date information on the website about the club history and players?  There is a reason this club is failing when it comes to attendance.

One of the smartest moves the Fire could make would be to strike a deal with WGN TV and radio to broadcast the games to the local market.  What better way to show fans in Chicago what a great atmosphere there is at Toyota Park than having the games on TV for them to see.  Not everyone purchases cable and/or the extended sports packages but these are valuable people to the organisation all the same and can increase crowd size and ticket revenues and atmosphere and the games.

There is plenty of promotion to the “soccer mom” demographic.  But where is the promotion to the downtown younger demographic who will bring more excitement and friends to the game?  And who also is more likely to make the trek for a game during the week.  There are definitely some easy ways to slowely build attendance.  But there is still another important factor needed.  We need to continue the clubs tradition!

How can the front office ignore the club’s tradition of performing well in cup competitions throughout the club history?  Continuing this tradition is a valuable way to continue the success of the club if they continue to miss out on the MLS Cup as they have since 2004.  Here is a look at our success in cup competitions to date.

US Open Cup

Champions: 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006

Runners Up: 2004

CONCACAF Champions Cup/League

3rd place: 1999*

*Took part in the Champions Cup competition which is now the Champions League

It’s great that we are taking part in the Superliga final this year, but it’s really a consolation tournament to the teams that did not get into the Champions League.  The 2 best teams of recent years Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew along his what could be argued is the most historic and tradition filled club in the MLS DC United are all in the Champions League (as well as the fluke New York Red Bulls).  The way Superliga is good for Chicago is if we win the final and use that as momentum to push through the 2nd half of the season and playoffs to either win the MLS Cup or Supporters Shield and qualify for the 2010/11 Champions League.

The front office of the Fire talk about making the Fire a world wide brand.  But how can we do that if we don’t take our own domestic cup and competitions seriously?  Where is the passion from the people in charge to stop accepting being 2nd best? (or 3rd or 4th)  Show Chicago you care, work to build our tradition and who knows maybe you will see Toyota Park filling up with fans again.  And who knows, maybe another MLS Cup along the way?

29
Jul
09

MLS All-Star Viewing Party at Quigley’s

Along with the Section 8 viewing at SmallPub and the viewing party at The Globe Pub put on by the Fire, Quigley’s Irish Pub in Naperville is showing the event for those of us in the western suburbs.  Come on out and watch the Fire’s Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Wliman Conde and Bakary Soumare in tonight’s All-Star game vs Everton FC of the EPL.

Where: Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E Jefferson Naperville, IL 60540

When: Wednesday July 29th, game starts at 8:30 pm




Trophy Case

2003 Supporters Shield

1998 MLS Cup

1998 US Open Cup

2000 US Open Cup

2003 US Open Cup

2006 US Open Cup

Last Match

Friday October 8, 2010

Chicago Fire 2 - 0 Columbus Crew

15,124 at Toyota Park

Next Match

Kansas City @ Chicago Fire

Tuesday October 12, 7:30 pm CT

League Match

MLS League Table

56 pts Los Angeles Galaxy

--------Supporters Shield----------

52 pts Real Salt Lake

50 pts FC Dallas

48 pts New York Red Bulls

46 pts Columbus Crew

45 pts Seattle Sounders FC

43 pts San Jose

42 pts Colorado Rapids

-----------Playoffs-----------------

33 pts Kansas City Wizards

32 pts Chicago Fire

31 pts Toronto FC

29 pts New England

28 pts Philadelphia Union

28 pts Chivas USA

27 pts Houston Dynamo

21 pts DC United

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