Chicago Fire Weekly Podcast

March, 23, 2015
Mar 23
11:05
AM CT

Retired Fire midfielder Logan Pause discusses the team's slow start and the work he's doing with the Chicago Fire Academy. Former player and current analyst Chris Dangerfield also joins the show to preview the Fire's match Sunday against San Jose.

HARRISON, N.J. -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a goal and set up another as the New York Red Bulls defeated D.C. United 2-0 on Sunday in a home opener that was marked by disgruntled fans chanting support for former coach Mike Petke who was fired after last season.


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Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Innocent Emeghara added goal in the San Jose Earthquakes' 3-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders.

San Jose played nearly the entire second half a man down after Victor Bernardez was sent off in the 52nd minute for a bad tackle attempt.


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The LA Galaxy didn't look like it was pining for its former hero Landon Donovan as the team convincingly beat the Chicago Fire 2-0.
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CARSON, Calif. -- Right after the LA Galaxy raised their latest championship banner and said one last farewell to Landon Donovan, they went right back to business as usual.

They dominated defensively. They infuriated captain Robbie Keane with missed opportunities.

And the Galaxy calmly rolled over the first opponent of their next title chase.

Jose Villarreal scored in the 65th minute, Keane added a late goal and the defending champs opened the 20th MLS season Friday night with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.


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The possibility of a player striker over free agency has dominated MLS's headlines, which is overshadowing the league's new star recruits and opening day of March 6.

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Shaun Maloney is set to join Chicago Fire on Saturday after the Major League Soccer club agreed a fee with Wigan Athletic.

The Fire have been keen to sign Maloney, who turns 31 on Saturday, for some time but have only now been able to agree a fee with Championship club Wigan.

"We've agreed terms with Chicago Fire for Shaun to leave imminently, so that is something that is going to be happening in the next day or so," Wigan boss Malky Mackay told BBC Radio Manchester

Wigan confirmed earlier this month that they had accepted a bid from Leicester City for Scotland international Maloney but the move fell through as the Premier League side could not agree personal terms.

ESPN FC has been told that Maloney, who began his career with Celtic and also had a stint with Aston Villa, had turned down offers to stay in England as he had always been keen to explore the possibility of playing in MLS.

Maloney's contract at Wigan is due to expire at the end of June and the club were eager to cash in rather than let him leave on a free transfer, despite finding themselves immersed in a relegation battle.

"There's a deal been struck as to why Shaun's not going to be waiting until the summer," Mackay added. "There's a financial situation and I'm respectful of the club's position -- I've got to be prudent in terms of the saving that we will make on Shaun's wages and the transfer fee that can then be put to other things."

Mackay also confirmed on Friday that midfielder Ben Watson is set to join fellow Championship side Watford.


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Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire will find out this week whether they have been successful in their pursuit of Scotland and Wigan Athletic forward Shaun Maloney, sources have told ESPN FC.

The interest from Chicago was first registered last November, with 31-year-old Maloney interested in exploring the possibility of making a move to America's MLS, even though he is believed to have expressed a preference to return to a Premier League club if possible.

Leicester City had a bid for the player rejected last week and Wigan are currently mulling over a fresh offer submitted by the Premier League strugglers in recent days, with Maloney certain to make a move this month as he will be out of contract an the end of this season.

Maloney's former club Celtic are also interested in re-signing the attacking star, with manager Ronny Deila confirming he would like to sign the former Aston Villa star this month.

"He is a good player and is one we know about," Celtic boss Deila told reporters when asked about Maloney last week. "He is at Wigan at the moment but we will wait and see. I have seen him many times. He is a quick, creative player and is a very good person with a great mentality. He looks like a Celtic player."

Wigan boss Malky Mackay has confirmed Maloney is the subject of plenty of transfer interest, as the club prepares to say farewell one of the stars of their 2013 FA Cup final triumph against Manchester City.

"There is serious interest in him from a few clubs," Mackay said. "If it is something that suits Shaun and suits ourselves, then it is something that we can deal with and it is something that might happen."


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Chicago Fire add Trinidadian defender Joevin Jones

December, 3, 2014
12/03/14
12:08
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The Chicago Fire have signed Trinidadian defender Joevin Jones, the club announced on Wednesday.

Jones, 23, has 37 caps with the Trinidad and Tobago national team, and joins MLS after a loan spell with HJK in Finland.

"We're pleased that Joevin will be joining the Fire," Fire coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "He's a versatile player and is a great addition as we build a squad that will compete in 2015."

Jones has spent most of his career with Trinidadian club W Connection, before moving to Helsinki on loan earlier this year.

The move comes one day after the Fire signed Nigerian-born striker Kennedy Igboananike as a designated player.


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The Chicago Fire have signed Nigerian-born striker Kennedy Igboananike to a designated player contract, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

Igboananike, 25, is a dual citizen in Nigeria as well as Sweden, where he has played since 2007, most recently with AIK.

"Kennedy is a dynamic goal-scorer with a track record of producing," Fire coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "He's young and exciting, a player with incredible pace, and we look forward to adding him to our roster to bolster our attack."

Igboananike scored 14 goals in 2013 but was limited to just five goals in 26 league matches this year.


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Fire snap skid, finish season with a win

October, 24, 2014
10/24/14
9:15
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in the first minute of stoppage time to help Chicago beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Friday night to end the Fire's eight-game winless streak.

Sinama-Pongolle headed home Grant Ward's cross and immediately ran over to the Chicago bench to hug Logan Pause, who is retiring after a 12-year career with the Fire.

Houston (11-17-6) opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Omar Cummings headed in Brad Davis' corner kick.

Chicago's Jeff Larentowicz converted a penalty kick in the 66th minute after Ward was tripped inside the penalty area by goalkeeper Tyler Deric.

Goalkeeper Sean Johnson kept Chicago (6-10-18) in the match with three athletic saves in the 34th and 35th minutes.

It was Dominic Kinnear's final game as coach of the Dynamo after nine seasons. He will be the coach of the San Jose Earthquakes next season.


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Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko suffered a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee during Saturday's 2-1 loss to D.C. United, his club confirmed on Wednesday.

Nyarko, 28, will undergo surgery and be sidelined for about six to eight months.

The Ghanaian, who has played for Chicago since being drafted out of Virginia Tech in 2008, already missed three months this season with a knee sprain. 

He only returned to the starting lineup earlier this month.

"Knowing the work he put in to get back and help us this season, we feel awful for Patrick," Fire coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "We saw his return to form over the past few weeks and fully support him in his recovery efforts."


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WASHINGTON -- Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson scored and D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night.

United (17-9-7) stretched its unbeaten streak to five games, clinching first place in the Eastern Conference -- and the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history, rebounding from last year's 24-loss season.

United opened the scoring at the 31-minute mark when Pontius headed a perfect cross from Eddie Johnson past Kyle Renish into the lower left corner. It was Pontius' first goal after missing most of the season due to injury.

Johnson added to the total in the 53rd minute, forcing a turnover in the Chicago end and firing a shot to upper left corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Harrison Shipp scored his seventh for Chicago (5-10-18) in the 67th minute. The Fire are winless in eight matches.


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