Author Archives: Anthony Z.

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 »

Posted in MLS- Chicago Fire, MLS- Chivas USA, MLS- Columbus Crew, MLS- Houston Dynamo, MLS- New York Red Bulls, U.S. Open Cup | 33 Comments

Casey’s header snatches points from Fire

By ANTHONY ZILIS CHICAGO – The Chicago Fire let two points slip away Wednesday night at Toyota Park thanks to Colorado Rapids forward Conor Casey, who scored on a header in second-half stoppage time as the Rapids tied the Fire, … Continue reading »

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Fire Notebook: Chicago looks to ride momentum against Rapids

Photo by Tracy Allen/ISIphotos.com By ANTHONY ZILIS Practice was a little different this week for the Chicago Fire than it had been in previous weeks. No longer do the Fire have a 42-day winless streak hanging over their heads after … Continue reading »

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Fire tops Union to snap long winless streak

By ANTHONY ZILIS After a winless May, the Chicago Fire needed a win badly Saturday night opening June against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park. Patrick Nyarko, Marco Pappa and Baggio Husidic helped make it happen, providing the creativity and goals … Continue reading »

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Fire shows flashes in loss to AC Milan

By ANTHONY ZILIS During the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 loss to AC Milan, the ball bounced toward Patrick Nyarko. With midfielder Ronaldinho running at him, Nyarko touched the ball over the Brazilian star’s head and ran on to the … Continue reading »

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Fire Update: De Los Cobos set for more tinkering

  By ANTHONY ZILIS After practice on Tuesday, Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos talked to his team at the center of the field for about 20 minutes. His team is 0-3-2  in all combined games in May … Continue reading »

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Fire blanked by Legia Warsaw

By ANTHONY ZILIS Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de Los Cobos sat in the Toyota Park press box with a stern look on his face following the Fires 3-0 loss to Legia Warsaw in the Sister Cities Tournament. It was … Continue reading »

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