Author Archives: David G.

Fire hand Union third straight loss

BY DAVID GUBALA BRIDGEVIEW, Il — The plan for the Chicago Fire this season was to kick off right where they left off in 2011 and it seems that they're doing just that. A piece of brilliance from Marco Pappa … Continue reading »

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SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

Photo by Tracy Allen/ISIphotos.com By DAVID GUBALA For the Chicago Fire, consistency is the magic word. After having one of strongest season finishes in club history in 2011, the Chicago Fire have been keen on keeping the same core together … Continue reading »

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Europa League Rewind: Manchester clubs advance, three Americans reach Round of 16

BY DAVID GUBALA The Europa League crown now lies amongst one of sixteen teams left in the competition after a quite decisive round of 32. The two Manchester clubs still remain in the tournament, although they reached the next round … Continue reading »

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Fire Notebook: Klopas discusses roster, Oduro earns Ghana call, and more

BY DAVID GUBALA The Chicago Fire entered their third and final phase of preseason on Tuesday when they traveled to Charleston, S.C. to partake in the annual Carolina Challenge Cup. With less than a month until their season opener, the … Continue reading »

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Fire’s Johnson ready after busy offseason

By DAVID GUBALA The Chicago Fire departed for Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday with a long-missed face settling back with the team for the first time since the end of the regular season. After having quite the busy offseason, goalkeeper Sean … Continue reading »

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Fire Notebook: Klopas addresses DP rumors, club makes roster cuts and more

By DAVID GUBALA The Chicago Fire are now a good two weeks into their first phase of preseason camp and have been making all of the necessary adjustments as the start of the new 2012 campaign nears. Part of the preseason … Continue reading »

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Fire Notebook: Oduro, club ready to pick up where they left off and more

Photo by Tracy Allen/ISIphotos.com By DAVID GUBALA The Chicago Fire will swap the crispy, cold ways of Chicago for the sunny rays of Ave Maria as they travel to Florida to officially kick off the preseason camp for their 15th season … Continue reading »

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Mid-Day Ticker: Former MLS player says he is gay, Sounders target GK and more

Photo by ISIphotos.com By DAVID GUBALA Former Columbus Crew player David Testo broke a major barrier on Thursday, becoming the first MLS player, past or present, to publicly announce that he is gay. In an interview with CBC, Testo said … Continue reading »

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Euro 2012 playoffs: A Look Ahead

By DAVID GUBALA For a few of Europe's international powers, the European Championship qualifying process didn't go as planned, but there's still a shot to reach next summer's finals. The final round of Euro 2012 qualifiers gets underway on Friday, … Continue reading »

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Bunbury brace helps Sporting KC topple Rapids

By DAVID GUBALA Sporting Kansas City went into Sunday's Eastern Conference semifinal first leg looking to hopefully come away with a draw against the Colorado Rapids to send the series back to Kansas City  A nightmarish night for the Rapids … Continue reading »

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Fire yet to make decision on Klopas’ future as head coach

Photo by ISIPhotos.com By DAVID GUBALA The Chicago Fire didn't make the playoffs in 2011, but the team's strong finish to the regular season has interim head coach Frank Klopas looking look a good candidate to keep the coaching job. … Continue reading »

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Anibaba’s brace leads Fire past Crew

By DAVE GUBALA BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.– When the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew squared off on Saturday night it was the Crew that had everything to play for and the Fire just playing out the string. You wouldn't have known it … Continue reading »

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