Author Archives: Anthony Z.

Fire introduce new DP Castillo

BY ANTHONY ZILIS Over two years have passed since Fire technical director Frank Klopas and managing director Javier Leon met Nery Castillo for coffee while on a scouting trip in England. At that point, Castilo was on loan to Manchester … Continue reading »

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Fire end losing streak, close out out SuperLiga with win

BY ANTHONY ZILIS The Fire's SuperLiga performance can only be viewed as disappointing. Last season's runner-up in the tournament, Chicago was eliminated after the first two games. Still, even though Tuesday's 1-0 win against Pumas was meaningless in the tournament … Continue reading »

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Fire bounced from SuperLiga, will look to Castillo for spark

BY ANTHONY ZILIS After losing 1-0 to New England Saturday, the Chicago Fire are officially out of the SuperLiga. Gone are the days of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe, who helped lead the Fire to the brink of a title … Continue reading »

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Morelia torches Fire 5-1 in SuperLiga opener

By ANTHONY ZILIS If the Chicago Fire want to make it back to the SuperLiga final, it will have some ground to make up after losing to Morelia, 5-1, at Toyota Park Wednesday night. "Today it looked like everybody was … Continue reading »

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Focused Fire faces Morelia tonight

By ANTHONY ZILIS Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos made it clear after his team's US Open cup loss to Charleston Battery that his team was more focused on the Superliga Tournament. The Fire will kick off Superliga … Continue reading »

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Findley penalty kick lifts RSL past Fire

By ANTHONY ZILIS BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – In a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, which ended in a shootout, it almost seemed fitting that the game's only goal came was a penalty kick, as Real Salt Lake beat the … Continue reading »

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Fire Notebook: Brown questions team’s mentality, injuries pile up and more

By ANTHONY ZILIS It was 90 degrees at the Chicago Fire's practice on Tuesday at Toyota Park, and maybe that contributed to a lackluster attitude. Or maybe it was the loss to Columbus on Saturday, when the Fire gave up … Continue reading »

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U.S. Open Cup: Charleston puts out Fire in PKs, Red Bulls fall and more

By ANTHONY ZILIS BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – After scoreless periods of regulation and extra time in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, the Chicago Fire were defeated in penalty kicks, 3-0, by the Charleston Battery in front of 2,526 … Continue reading »

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