“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and will be a tremendous asset to the technical staff,” Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said. “Brian has been involved with MLS for many years and has a proven track record of building championship-caliber squads. I’m excited to add Brian’s expertise to the Fire and look forward to working alongside him.”
Bliss joins the Fire after six years serving as the technical cirector of the Columbus Crew. On Sept. 2, 2013 Bliss was appointed interim head coach of the Crew, where he led the club to a 4-4-0 record to close out the 2013 season.
Magee, 29, had a career-best season, scoring 21 goals, second in the league. He was traded midseason from the LA Galaxy to his hometown Chicago Fire but his performance was unwavered -- he netted six goals with the defending MLS Cup champs, then scored 15 in 22 games with the Fire.
Magee's weighted vote total (98.81) beat out two established international goalscorers -- former Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane (58.56) and Montreal top scorer Marco Di Vaio (35.42).
Chicago Fire goalie Sean Johnson has been selected by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team in its upcoming international friendlies, The U.S. will play Scotland on Friday at Hampden Park in Glasgow at 2:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2) and Austria on Nov. 19 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna at 1:45 p.m. CT.
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Yallop's imminent hiring comes just a day after Frank Klopas was let go as the Fire's manager, and just four months after he parted company with the San Jose Earthquakes. Goal.com first reported Yallop's hiring.
Klopas' departure was part of a management purge by Fire owner Andrew Hauptman with Chicago's President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon also on his way out.
Yallop is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year, who won two MLS Cups and one Supporters Shield in two different stints with the Earthquakes. He has also spent time as manager of Canada's national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy. His career record in MLS stands at 158-141-99.
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Moffat, a midfielder who had moved deep into the offensive play, took defender Corey Ashe's backheel pass in the left side of the penalty area and shot it high over Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson's outstretched left hand.
The tie, the second between the squads this season, moved Houston (10-8-7) into a tie with New England (10-9-7) for the fifth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Each squad has 37 points, and Houston has a match in hand. Chicago (10-10-5) has 35 points.
Until Moffat's goal, the Dynamo had only a few good chances. Johnson batted away a hard shot from Andrew Driver in the 86th minute, his third save of the game, and most difficult since the fifth minute, when he stretched to make a toe save on Will Bruin's low shot.
Fire forward Mike Magee started Chicago's scoring play with a corner kick from the left in the 36th minute. The ball flew over the head of jumping midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and hit defender Bobby Boswell in the shoulder, deflecting in from about eight yards out.
While it went in off an opposing player, the score climaxed a furious sequence that saw Chicago take four shots at Houston from no more than 16 yards in less than three minutes. The first, by Chris Rolfe, skidded wide of the net, but Hall was forced to make saves on Magee and Dilly Duka, the latter stop setting up the corner kick.
It was Chicago's first goal scored directly off a corner this season.
The Fire's win was their third in their past four matches and moved them to .500 (10-10-4) for the season with 34 points in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting K.C. fell to 11-9-6 and remains tied with New York on top of the East with 39 points.
Jumper, in only his second appearance of the season, found his way into the goal box and headed a pass from Mike Magee past Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen while on his knees.
Hunter was about a foot off the ground when he scored. The goal, in the 13th minute, finished off a furious offensive start for the Fire.
Kansas City, with striker Claudio Bieler on the bench after a five-match scoreless streak, failed to rally.
In earning his fourth shutout of the season, Johnson turned back midfielder Graham Zusi's bouncing shot from near the penalty kick spot in the 54th minute and defender Seth Sinovic's 5-yard kick in the 84th minute.
Chicago nearly had a second goal in the 72nd minute, but Nielsen got a fingertip on substitute Patrick Nyarko's hard shot and deflected it off the crossbar.
The Fire played with Mike Matkovich as acting head coach. Head coach Frank Klopas was serving a suspension for his ejection from last Saturday's loss at New England.
Juan Agudelo returned to the lineup for the Revolution after a two-month injury absence and scored a dazzling goal in the 54th minute to lead New England to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
Kelyn Rowe banged in a rebound of a Saer Sene drive in the 91st minute for New England's second goal.
The 20-year old Agudelo took a long, looping pass from midfielder Chris Tierney and nudged a one-touch volley over on-charging Chicago goalie Sean Johnson, while Fire defender Bakary Soumare was unable to keep the ball from crossing the goal line with a dive into the net. Agudelo missed eight matches while recovering from a right knee sprain.
New England ended a two-match winless and scoreless streak, improving to 9-9-6 on the season, 5-4-3 at home. Chicago (9-10-4) had its four-match (3-0-1) unbeaten streak end, being shut out on the road for the fifth time this season. The Fire had scored in 12 consecutive matches.
Chicago, which has scored just eight goals in 11 (2-6-3) road matches this season, nearly took the lead in the 18th minute when Mike Magee's shot from the right shot banged off the goal post and his rebound shot was clutched by New England goalie Matt Reis, making his first start since March 23.
Agudelo's goal snapped a scoreless streak of 261 minutes by New England and was his fourth goal in six matches with New England since being acquired from Chivas USA in May. Agudelo signed a contract with Stoke City of the English Premiership and will join the Potters in January.
Camilo leads MLS with 12 goals this season. Second-half substitute Kekuta Manneh also scored for the Whitecaps (8-7-6) as they extended their unbeaten streak to a club record six games.
The victory was only Kansas City's second in the past seven matches, giving SKC 30 points.
Kansas City's two goals were scored 2 minutes, 14 seconds apart.
Feilhaber scored his first of the season in the sixth minute, hammering a right-footed shot from 16 yards when a throw-in by defender Matt Besler deflected off two players and ended up at his feet.
Chicago goalkeeper Paulo Tornaghi couldn't stop that shot, and seemed surprised by midfielder Zusi's nonchalant 20-yard shot soon after. It curled over Tornaghi and into the upper right-hand corner.
Mike Magee cut the margin to 2-1 in the 38th minute.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.
On the winning score, Rolfe's second goal of the season came from about 8 yards out, set up by Mike Magee's pass between two defenders. About 12 minutes earlier, an own goal by Chicago's Loel Lindpere had tied the score.
Duka tied it on a volley from 12 yards out in the 36th minute and Nyarko made it 2-1 on a low drive from 9 yards out in the 47th.
San Jose dropped to 2-5-1 in its last eight matches.
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Rolfe beat goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo on a 7-yard header to open the scoring in the sixth minute and on a short kick from even closer range in the 64th, breaking the contest open.
The Fire hosts D.C. United in an all-MLS semifinal match on Aug. 7.
Orlando pressed hard in the first 15 minutes of the second half, tying the match on overlapping defenseman Rob Valentino's goal from close range in the 51st minute. Valentino was set up by Kevin Molino's perfect pass.
Chicago, 6-0-2 in its last eight MLS and U.S. Open Cup matches, answered with two goals in five minutes. Patrick Nyarko ran by a pair of defenders and beat Gallardo from the left side in the 59th minute, and five minutes later, Rolfe made it 3-1. Mike Magee and Joel Lindpere added goals for Chicago in the final 10 minutes.
The Lions, from the USL Pro League, forced Chicago's Sean Johnson to make six saves, but lost two players, Yann Songo'o and Adama Mbengue, to ejections in the last 19 minutes.