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MONTREAL — Forward Marco Di Vaio broke a scoreless deadlock late on Saturday night at Stade Saputo to give the Montreal Impact their fourth win of the season, 1-0 against the Fire. The Impact (4-14-5, 17 points) stay bottom of the East, but they finally snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Fire (4-6-13, 25 points) remain in ninth place, having scored one goal or fewer for the ninth consecutive MLS game. Di Vaio came through in the 84th minute after Maxim Tissot’s pass found rookie left back Eric Miller on a rare foray forward. The ball bounced for Di Vaio … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:30:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire routed by Sounders 6-0 in U.S. Open Cup semifinal ]]>

The Fire didn’t have Mike Magee, and now they don’t have a chance to win the U.S. Open Cup. Though the way the Fire played, Magee probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Chad Barrett opened the scoring, Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper tallied twice and Obafemi Martins also scored as the Seattle Sounders humbled the Fire 6-0 on Wednesday night in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in Tukwila, Washington. The Sounders, who lead the MLS, didn’t dress Clint Dempsey but move on to face the Philadelphia Union for the tournament title. The Fire were trying for their fifth Open Cup … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Magee’s goal puts Fire in playoff hunt ]]> Lead story image

After a downer of a week leading up to the game, the Fire needed something positive Sunday night. That’s exactly what they got, beating the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and snapping their four-game winless streak. On Wednesday, the Fire (4-5-13, 25 points) were unable to add to their roster before the transfer window closed. That inactivity didn’t sit well with the club or its fans, both seeking reinforcements for a team that has 13 ties and is trying to avoid missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. But with the victory — only their second at … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 02:21:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire not content to die and tie this season ]]> Lead story image

Even with their three wins, 13 ties and lack of activity before the transfer window closed, the Fire insist their season isn’t over and there’s no reason to look to next year. ‘‘I’ll never concede anytime,’’ Fire coach Frank Yallop said. ‘‘We’ve been pretty close in a lot of games.’’ As those 13 ties suggest, Yallop is right. The Fire aren’t losing games — their five defeats are tied for the fewest in the Eastern Conference — but they aren’t winning many, either, and enter this weekend five points out of a playoff spot. Adding some pieces beyond midfielder Razvan … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:31:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire coach Frank Yallop understands fans’ anger ]]> Lead story image

Coach Frank Yallop understands how fans felt when the MLS transfer window closed at midnight Thursday and the Fire made no signings. Based on Twitter, there was some anger, some frustration and even more disappointment that the Fire, ninth in the Eastern Conference, didn’t do anything before the deadline to bolster a roster filled with holes. “I can see where they’re coming from,” Yallop said. “I just want to make sure we make the right moves and the correct moves.” Despite the caution, there was hope that the acquisition last month of midfielder Razvan Cocis would be the start of … ]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 02:19:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ While waiting for Jermaine Jones, Fire tie Crew ]]>

Whether or not Jermaine Jones joins the Fire, they need help to turn their season around. That fact was clear even before the 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday night at Toyota Park. “If you go into the game tonight, sort of déjà vu. We’ve all sat here before and said the same thing,” Fire coach Frank Yallop said. “Frustrating, maybe didn’t play great, could have maybe gotten something more out of the game but didn’t.” That refrain has become a habit for the Fire (3-5-13, 22 points). They took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute when … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:26:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jermaine Jones rumors heat up as Fire tie ]]> Lead story image

Jermaine Jones might not fill the Fire’s biggest need. He’s a midfielder, and that’s one position in which the Fire have depth and ­options. But Jones would undoubtedly be a big-ticket acquisition and it looks as if he has a chance to come to the Fire, who played to a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday at ­Toyota Park. Multiple reports have linked the Fire with the 32-year-old who starred for the U.S. national team in the World Cup. Fire coach Frank Yallop didn’t verify that a signing was imminent, but did confirm interest in Jones, who plays … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:19:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Razvan Cocis makes MLS debut with Fire ]]>

Perhaps the most exciting thing to happen on the field at Toyota Park on Wednesday night was a routine substitution in the 62nd minute. What made that substitution notable, however, was that it marked the MLS debut of midfielder Razvan Cocis, who earned his first competitive appearance with the Fire after subbing in against Tottenham. While not a big name in the rumor mills like Jermaine Jones, who has had his name pop up in talks with the Fire, Cocis addresses a definite need to balance and support the midfield, something head coach Frank Yallop has repeatedly stressed amidst the … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire may look at Jeff Larentowicz at center back ]]> Lead story image

Lost in the fleeting excitement of Brad Friedel possibly appearing in his North American finale against them, the Fire might have made some moves Saturday night that actually have an impact on their season. Normally a midfielder, captain Jeff Larentowicz started at center back along with Patrick Ianni in the Fire’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. Larentowicz hadn’t started there since September, and it showed when his turnover led directly to Harry Kane’s fifth-minute goal. But the move by coach Frank Yallop left plenty to think about ahead of the game Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps (6-4-10, 28 points). After … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:34:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire fans salute Tottenham’s Brad Friedel in friendly ]]>

Brad Friedel is one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. history. He was the keeper for the 2002 World Cup team that reached the quarterfinals and became the first to save two (non-shootout) penalty kicks in one tournament. He also has had a long and successful career abroad, playing for Galatasaray, Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa and now Tottenham Hotspur. The 17,156 fans Saturday night at Toyota Park paid tribute to Friedel during Tottenham’s 2-0 exhibition victory against the Fire. Friedel got the loudest cheer during pregame introductions, and he left the field to a standing ovation when he was replaced … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:29:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire looking to rebound against Tottenham Hotspur ]]>

For Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Olympiacos, their appearances this weekend in Chicago are about building their brands. The teams are getting ready for their upcoming seasons and figure they can expose fans in another country to their players while preparing. As for the Fire, they have many other issues. On Wednesday, the Fire were humbled 5-1 by the San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes had been winless in five games and entered the game last in the Western Conference. No matter, they sent the Fire to their biggest and most embarrassing loss, one that coach Frank Yallop hopes is a one-time … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:10:05 -0500