Chicago’s playoff hopes take huge hit after loss to New England

By Ernesto Hernandez What's that? Ah - Playoffs? Don't talk about - playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game." That infamous quote was from former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Jim Mora, back in 2001 after his team lost to the San Francisco 49ers. Similarly, that is what one could … Continue reading Chicago’s playoff hopes take huge hit after loss to New England

Nikolic scores twice as the Chicago Fire keep their playoff hopes alive

By Ernesto Hernandez Coming off a disappointing loss midweek against the Portland Timbers, it only made sense to feel pessimistic with the Fire taking on the conference-leading Philadelphia Union. After all, the last time these two teams met, Philadelphia came out on top. But lately, Chicago seems to be full of surprises. In a bit … Continue reading Nikolic scores twice as the Chicago Fire keep their playoff hopes alive

Bastian Schweinsteiger rescues the Chicago Fire’s playoff hopes

By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire went into the game against the Montreal Impact six points back of seventh place and the last playoff spot. Every game is now a must win game until the end of the season if the Fire want to reach the postseason. It was not easy, but Veljko Paunovic's team … Continue reading Bastian Schweinsteiger rescues the Chicago Fire’s playoff hopes

Chicago Fire break the curse and pick up their first win on the road

By Ernesto Hernandez Not even a lightning storm, delaying the game by a half-hour, was enough to prevent the Chicago Fire from obtaining their first road win of the season as the Men in Red got past the Houston Dynamo, 1-0. Nemanja Nikolic scored the only goal of the game as the Hungarian flicked the … Continue reading Chicago Fire break the curse and pick up their first win on the road

Jonathan Bornstein debuts as the Chicago Fire’s playoff hopes take another hit

By Ernesto Hernandez In front of a season-high crowd of 18,232, the Fire fell further back in the standings and are now level with the Columbus Crew in 11th place, nine points the New England Revolution for the last playoff spot. Jonathan Bornstein made his official Chicago Fire against D.C. United and played pretty well … Continue reading Jonathan Bornstein debuts as the Chicago Fire’s playoff hopes take another hit

Chicago Fire waste final opportunity to salvage anything from this season in League Cup

By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire lost at home to Mexican side Cruz Azul in the inaugural game of the CONCACAF Leagues Cup. Goals by Roberto Alvarado in the 43rd minute and Elias Hernandez in the 90th sunk Chicago, ending their run in this new tournament and any chance of salvaging something out of this … Continue reading Chicago Fire waste final opportunity to salvage anything from this season in League Cup

Chicago Fire’s Nelson Rodriguez: “We’re open for business”

By Ernesto Hernandez Chicago Fire President and General Manager Nelson Rodriguez held his second media roundtable discussing various team related questions. For a team mired in 10th place and coming off a loss to the worst team in the league, the roundtable was short and uneventful. Nelson Rodriguez started off by congratulating the U.S. Women's … Continue reading Chicago Fire’s Nelson Rodriguez: “We’re open for business”

Chicago Fire hit a season low, losing at home to lowly FC Cincinnati

By Ernesto Hernandez FC Cincinnati may have put a nail in the coffin of Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic's tenure as manager as they came to SeatGeek Stadium and beat Chicago 2-1. Cincinnati opened the scoring in the first minute as a cross hit Fabian Herbers and the ball was left on a platter … Continue reading Chicago Fire hit a season low, losing at home to lowly FC Cincinnati

Gold Cup Rewind: When the USMNT and Mexico battled for the gold at Soldier Field

USA and Mexico will face off in a Gold Cup final at Soldier Field for the first time since 2007. (Sports Illustrated) By Ernesto Hernandez The United States and Mexico face off in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup at Soldier Field. It's the final everyone anticipated. From the players, the fans, coahces, and … Continue reading Gold Cup Rewind: When the USMNT and Mexico battled for the gold at Soldier Field

Goalkeeping situation takes center stage after the Chicago Fire’s latest defeat

Kenneth Kronholm has been the Chicago Fire's starting goalkeeper since May 29, 22 days after signing with the club. (Chicago Fire Soccer Club) By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire lost 3-1 to the New York Red Bulls and one of the talking points coming out of the game was the goalkeeping situation. Kenneth Kronholm gifted … Continue reading Goalkeeping situation takes center stage after the Chicago Fire’s latest defeat

Chicago Fire remain winless on the road as same old mistakes continue

The Chicago Fire suffered another road loss at the hands of New York Red Bulls on Friday, June 28 at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports) By Ernesto Hernandez The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That overused cliché is exactly what it feels … Continue reading Chicago Fire remain winless on the road as same old mistakes continue

Chicago Fire face another must win game against the New York Red Bulls

The Chicago Fire look for their first road victory when they visit New York Red Bulls on Friday, June 28. (Chicago Fire Soccer Club) By Ernesto Hernandez From here on out, every game is going to be a must win game for the Chicago Fire until they can provide some sort of consistency on the … Continue reading Chicago Fire face another must win game against the New York Red Bulls

Brandt Bronico emerges as new right back alternative for the Chicago Fire

A regular midfielder, Brandt Bronico had his first outing of 2019 as a right back in the 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake. (MLSSoccer.com) By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire returned to MLS action and were held to a draw by Real Salt Lake. Coach Veljko Paunovic had to tinker his line-up either because of … Continue reading Brandt Bronico emerges as new right back alternative for the Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire cap the first half of the season with a draw at home

By Ernesto Hernandez The first half of the season of the 2019 MLS season is in the books. After a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake at home, the Chicago Fire's record stands at 4 wins, 7 draws, 6 losses which puts them outside the final playoff spot. https://twitter.com/SecondCitySoc/status/1142587627385872384 The draw against Real Salt Lake … Continue reading Chicago Fire cap the first half of the season with a draw at home

Chicago Fire face a must-win game against Real Salt Lake

The Chicago Fire return to action this Saturday, June 22 when they host Real Salt Lake at SeatGeek Stadium. (Benjamin Ordaz/Hoy) By Ernesto Hernandez We are halfway through the MLS season and things are looking bleak for the Chicago Fire. After a shock loss to Saint Louis FC in the Open Cup, the team return … Continue reading Chicago Fire face a must-win game against Real Salt Lake

Chicago Fire hit season low, crash out of the U.S. Open Cup

The Chicago Fire were eliminated from the 2019 U.S. Open Cup by USL Championship side Saint Louis FC on Tuesday, June 11. (Nick Dawes/Saint Louis FC) By Ernesto Hernandez The international break was supposed to serve as a mental and physical break. For the Fire, it's been anything but after crashing out of the U.S. … Continue reading Chicago Fire hit season low, crash out of the U.S. Open Cup

Chicago Fire moving forward with Kenneth Kronholm as goalkeeper controversy arises

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm (27) makes a save against New York City during the second half at SeatGeek Stadium. (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports) By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire's 1-1 result versus NYCFC may have been the least important part of that game. Not lost in the shuffle was the curious line-up choices made … Continue reading Chicago Fire moving forward with Kenneth Kronholm as goalkeeper controversy arises

Weather heats up but the Chicago Fire offense remains cold in draw versus NYCFC

New York City FC held the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 on Saturday, May 25 at SeatGeek Stadium. (Chicago Fire Soccer Club) By Ernesto Hernandez The Chicago Fire were held to a 1-1 draw against New York City FC, ending the Fire's three-game winning streak, at home, in the process. CJ Sapong opened the score … Continue reading Weather heats up but the Chicago Fire offense remains cold in draw versus NYCFC