Dave Wilson

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Manchester United offer Chicago Fire's Sean Johnson a Trial


Fox Soccer reports that Chicago Fire's goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been offered a trial with world renowned Manchester United. This is a great opportunity for Johnson who will undoubtedly learn much from the experience regardless of the outcome.

Chicago Fire Castrol Index Rankings

Latest MLS Castrol Ratings may surprise you. Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs cracks top 25.

Klopas Making Changes


I am encouraged by this article from Sam Stejskal. It seems as though Klopas may be making all of the right moves ahead of the match against Seattle. They have been studying the Sounders style, focusing more on details, making tactical changes, working on set-pieces, changing to man coverage, and changing to a 4-4-2 formation. I have been hoping to see the switch to man coverage on set pieces and the 4-4-2 for quite some time. Expect to see Johnson in goal and Bone replacing Pappa (Gold Cup) on the wing.

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - Player Ratings


Chicago draw struggling expansion side Vancouver 0-0 at home for first shutout both defensively and offensively on the season. We rate the players' performances.

Who's Left? Fire Injuries Pile Up


Latest Chicago Fire injury report adds Josip Mikulic (shoulder) and Michael Videira (concussion) as doubtful to an already lengthy list. With these injuries, who will Carlos de los Cobos field against Vancouver? OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair); FW Gabriel Ferrari (L hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Marko Maric (L ankle sprain/contusion); DF Cory Gibbs (L hamstring strain); MF Logan Pause (R hamstring strain)

Chicago Fire @ Colorado Rapids - Player Ratings


Player Ratings for the Chicago Fire in their match against the Colorado Rapids on March 30.

Chicago Soccer Smolderings 4/24 - Houston Recaps


The Fire drew Houston 1-1 while the reserves put up a 3-0 thrashing in their opener. We provide links to all the latest reports on these contrasting outcomes.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - Player Ratings


The Houston Dynamo got a late goal from defender Bobby Boswell to earn a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire in front of 12,473 at Toyota Park on Saturday night. Diego Chaves scored early for the Fire, assisted by Marco Pappa. We rate the players and provide the coach's take.

Steve Zakuani's leg snapped in reckless tackle by Brian Mullan (graphic video)


Colorado Rapids Brian Mullan tackle breaks Seattle Sounders Steve Zakuani's leg. Graphic Video

Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy - Player Ratings


The Chicago Fire fell 2-1 to LA Galaxy at home and have dropped their last 9 points in a downward spiral early in the season. We rate the players in this match and ask questions about what changes need to be made to end this negative run. Dominic Oduro is the man of the match as the Fire look forward to playing his old club in the Houston Dynamo.

CONCACAF Champions League Final: Watch Monterrey vs. Real Salt Lake Live


Don't get Telefutura or FSC? Register for FREE at Concacaf TV to watch tonight's Champions League Final live. The match airs at 9pm CST. #MLS4RSL

Chicago Soccer Smolderings - LA Galaxy Preview 4/17


The Chicago Fire return to Toyota Park to host an attenuated LA Galaxy. The Galaxy will be playing for the draw as the Fire are hungry to end their losing skid. We have the previews from your favorite news sources around the league.

Chicago Fire @ Portland Timbers - Player Ratings


Chicago Fire visited Portland's Jeld-Wen park for the expansion club's home opener. We rate the Chicago Fire players' performances, poor as they were, and try to find some positives in a disappointing 4-2 loss.

Fire Wire - 4/14


I was just sitting down to put together a "Portland Preview" edition of "Soccer Smolderings" but the Fire staff beat me to it. Check out the Fire Wire for links to all the latest preview coverage of tonight's Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire matchup on ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN Deportes.

Chicago Soccer Smolderings - 4/12


Call this the 'Get Ready for Portland' and the 'Last Call for Sounders/Fire' edition. General team links are after the break too. Forunately Patrick Nyarko should be good to go on Thursday despite that terrible challenge from Seattle's Servando Carrasco.

Chicago Fire @ Seattle Sounders - Player Ratings


Chicago Fire fall to Seattle Sounders 2-1 with goals from White, Chaves, Zakuani. Player Ratings and thoughts on the match.

Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Friday, April 8, 2011


As usual there is a lot of soccer going on in Chicagoland. Follow us after the break for a wide variety of videos and stories you might have missed during the week. This edition includes Seattle vs. Chicago previews, profiles on Gonzalo Segares, Jalil Anibaba, Gaston Puerari and more.

Official - Chicago Fire sign Pari Pantazopoulos


Open tryout winner from Prospect High makes his dream come true. "Pari came in to camp eager to learn and be a part of this team," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "Over the course of the last couple of months Pari worked tirelessly to earn his spot. His undeniable charisma and passion for this game coupled with his experiences in Greece and Cyprus were defining factors in us signing Pari." "Playing professional soccer has always been a dream of mine," said Pantazopoulos. "I moved to Chicago in 1998 and grew up idolizing Fire players like Razov, Nowak and Klopas and now I’m a part of this team. I’m thankful to the Fire organization for this unbelievable opportunity."

New MLS Fantasy Challenge! Join this Hot Time League!

1 has created a new Fantasy Challenge with a draft and head-to-head scoring. Be one of the first 12 to join this league and compete with the Hot Time in Old Town editorial staff! Automatic Draft currently scheduled for Wednesday April 6. Note: free account required. Log In before visiting link.

Chicago Fire crack top 6 in early Power Rankings


Early MLS Power Rankings have Chicago sitting 6th, or what would be 3rd in the East behind Philadelphia and New York. Real Salt Lake, Colorado, and LA round out the top 5. Half of the Fire's minutes so far this season have been 11 v. 10 so look to tomorrow's US Open Cup match against #2 ranked and defending MLS Champion Colorado Rapids for a better idea of where the club really stands.

MLS Goal of the Week - Vote Marco Pappa!


Marco Pappa's beautiful goal against Sporting KC has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Click the title to vote and help get Big Pappa the honors!

Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 3/28


Yesterday's Chicago Soccer News Today! Daily Links 3/28

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC - Player Ratings


Player Ratings and highlights for the Chicago Fire home opener at Toyota Park vs. the club formerly known as Wizards, Sporting KC!

Chicago Fire 3 - 2 Sporting Kansas City


Video Highlights and Match Recap at MLSSOCCER.COM The Fire go ahead a goal and up a man in the 34th minute when new KC designated player, Omar Bravo saw red for pushing Puerari to ground in the box, allowing Fire forward Diego Cháves to put away the penalty. Puerari put the Fire up 2-0 in the 40th. Sporting defender Scott Besler pulled one back in the 51st only to see Marco Pappa make it 3-1 with a beautiful solo effort in the 59th. Sporting sub Teal Bunbury gave KC hope with a 72nd minute goal, but they couldn’t quite catch up and the Fire finish the home opener with 11 men and 3 points. Final score 3-2 Chicago.

Toyota Park finally has a Chicago Fire Team Store! It will be open (soft open) today for the team's...


Toyota Park finally has a Chicago Fire Team Store! It will be open (soft open) today for the team's home opener against Sporting KC. Image courtesy of

Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 3/24


Hot Time in Old Town looks at yesterday's Chicago Fire news today. Fire add Dominic Oduro and Yamith Cuesta, trade Calen Carr and Supplemental Draft Pick. Also Power Rankings, Ristic doubtful for home opener, writer's roundtable, home opener preview, and more!

Just confirmed... Wednesday's #Allin podcast round table will feature @orrinsoccer @samstejskal...


Just confirmed... Wednesday's #Allin podcast round table will feature @orrinsoccer @samstejskal @FireConf & @HotTimeOldTown

@JefeCrandall, Chicago Fire team writer Jeff Crandall on Twitter, confirms that the All-In Podcast on 3/23 will feature the Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz, Chicago Fire's Sam Stejskal, Fire Confidential's Guillermo Rivera, and HotTimeInOldTown's Tweed Thornton! All-Star Lineup you don't want to miss!

Chicago Fire at FC Dallas: Game Recap and Player Ratings


The Brimstone Cup rivalry featuring 2010 Western conference champion FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire ended in a 1-1 draw with goals from Chaves and Rodriguez and a red card for Brek Shea. A great start to the 2011 MLS season! Game highlights and player ratings at Hot Time in Old Town!

Brimstone Cup: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas - Game Preview Roundup


A roundup of the best previews of Saturday night's Brimstone Cup rivalry featuring MLS clubs Chicago Fire and FC Dallas as they open their 2011 campaigns.

Unofficial: Pari Pantazopoulos Signed! From Prospect High to Chicago Fire


‘‘It’s a dream come true,’’ Pantazopoulos said. ‘‘I used to be a fan. I went to every home game, cheering for [DaMarcus] Beasley, Logan Pause, [Chris] Armas and [Peter] Nowak.’’ The Sun-Times reports the Chicago Fire are preparing to announce the signing of hometown boy and open-tryout winner Pari Pantazopoulos.

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