Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Fire settles for tie against Impact ]]> Lead story image

MONTREAL — Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 54th minute and the Chicago Fire tied the Montreal Impact 1-1 on Saturday at Olympic Stadium, leaving both teams winless. Off a corner, midfielder Jeff Larentowicz’s header rang off the crossbar before falling to Mike Magee, who squared it across to Amarikwa in the 18-yard box for his third goal of the season. Chicago is 0-1-5. Newcomer Jack McInerney, acquired from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Andrew Wenger, scored in the 42nd minute for Montreal (0-3-3). “Other than the goal, I didn’t do well at all,” McInerney said. “I didn’t find the … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:38:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Former Fire coach Frank Klopas relishes game against old team ]]> Lead story image

When former Fire coach Frank Klopas and the Montreal Impact host the Fire on Saturday, it won’t be a typical Major League Soccer game between two winless teams. Klopas isn’t denying that. ‘‘I can tell you that it’s another game, which it is, but there’s emotions that go into that game that are probably different than playing against other opponents because Chicago, for me, is home,’’ Klopas said. ‘‘The Fire is where I finished my career as a player and had an opportunity to start my professional career away from soccer.’’ Klopas and the Fire (0-1-4, four points) parted company … ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:14:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire’s Mike Magee gets new deal ]]> Lead story image

Mike Magee’s MVP season earned him a lot of money. The Fire on Thursday announced they have signed Magee, 29, to a new contract. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but according to data released by the MLS Players Union, Magee got a hefty raise. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:34:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Saturday’s result: Fire 2, Union 2 ]]>

Juan Luis Anangono headed in the tying goal from a difficult angle in the 86th minute to lift the Chicago Fire into their fourth straight draw, a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. Anangono ran down the right endline and headed Mike Magee’s 42-yard free kick past Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath. The Fire are winless in five matches (0-1-4), while Philadelphia (1-1-3) collected its second tie in a row. Chicago was awarded a penalty kick just before the 5 minutes of stoppage time elapsed, but MacMath stopped Magee, the 2013 league MVP, on … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire discard Austin Berry not used to being a visitor ]]>

Austin Berry wasn’t even two years removed from winning Major League Soccer’s rookie of the year award. He was a fan favorite and trying to impress new Fire coach Frank Yallop. Then, on Feb. 25, as he was about to step onto a practice field in Tucson, Ariz., Berry was told he was gone — traded to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money. The Fire said it needed to move him for salary-cap reasons. On Saturday, he returns to Toyota Park with the Union (1-1-2), settled in but still surprised to be a former Fire player. There was little indication … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:02:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire trades Chris Rolfe to D.C. United ]]>

Young attackers Harry Shipp, Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa made Chris Rolfe and his high salary expendable. The Fire cleared that cash on Wednesday, sending Rolfe to D.C. United for allocation money. Rolfe, 31, spent eight seasons with the Fire over two stints in Chicago, scoring 48 goals in 178 games. He started this season’s opener but has played only one minute over the past three games because of a right foot injury. While he was recovering Shipp, Joya and Amarikwa emerged, meaning the Fire could jettison a player who made almost $250,000 last season without hurting their depth. “It’s … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:06:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tie, tie again: Fire nets third draw in row ]]>

WASHINGTON — Quincy Amarikwa’s goal in the 82nd minute gave the Fire a soggy 2-2 draw Saturday against D.C. United. Playing through a steady rain at RFK Stadium, D.C. United (0-2-1) extended its club-record winless streak in league play to 15 games dating to the 2013 season. It’s the fifth-longest streak in MLS history. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado scored in the 27th minute for the Fire (0-1-3), which has drawn its last three games after a season-opening loss. Fabian Espindola scored in the first half for D.C. United, and Perry Kitchen made it 2-1 in the second half. D.C. United lost … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:31:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire sends Rolfe to D.C. United ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Fire on Wednesday sent Chris Rolfe to D.C. United for allocation money. The 31-year-old spent eight seasons with the Fire over two stints in Chicago, scoring 48 goals in 178 games. ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:02:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire veterans Nyarko, Rolfe prepared to fight for jobs ]]>

Patrick Nyarko and Chris Rolfe have been Fire mainstays. They’ve been important parts of playoff teams and are two of the club’s most senior players. But with the amount of attacking and midfield options coach Frank Yallop can use, Nyarko and Rolfe are far from guaranteed to start for the Fire (0-1-2). Young midfielders Harry Shipp and Benji Joya have made positive impacts and are pushing for starting jobs. Alex has done nothing to warrant losing his spot, and Dilly Duka could return from his hamstring problem. “We have Patrick, we’ve got Dilly, we have [Rolfe], we’ve got some guys … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire assistant C.J. Brown has helped shore up maligned defense ]]> Lead story image

C.J. Brown isn’t on the Fire coaching staff because he’s a team legend. He wasn’t brought back to placate antsy fans or connect with the franchise’s best days. He’s back in Chicago because he can coach. “There are a few team legends around that I wouldn’t have brought back,” Fire coach Frank Yallop said. “He’s one I wouldn’t say I handpicked, but I made sure that as soon as I knew he was available, it was a no-brainer to bring him back and have him onboard with this club.” A central defender, Brown joined the Fire in 1998 and spent … ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:44:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire scores early, but not often in home-opening tie ]]> Lead story image

Mike Magee was back in the starting lineup, there were contributions from the young midfield and it was the home opener. That still wasn’t enough for the Fire to earn its first victory. Jeff Larentowicz gave the Fire the lead six minutes in, but the New York Red Bulls’ Dax McCarty equalized 15 minutes later in a 1-1 draw Sunday at Toyota Park. Playing on a difficult field and with an opening temperature of 28 degrees, the Fire (0-1-2) picked up a point in its second consecutive game but extended its winless streak to three. “I thought both teams played … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:08:14 -0500