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 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 <![CDATA[ Fire allow added-time penalty kick, ties Union ]]>

Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 91st minute, and the Philadelphia Union came back to tie the Fire 1-1 on Saturday at Toyota Park. Le Toux was awarded the penalty kick after Gonzalo Segares was called for a hand ball inside the penalty area. Segares turned his back on Le Toux’s shot, but the ball hit his right arm. Le Toux calmly slotted home the penalty kick inside the left post, past a diving Sean Johnson. He has scored five goals in his last six games for the Union (5-8-8). Jeff Larentowicz headed home a corner … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:30:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire goalie Sean Johnson raising his game ]]> Lead story image

Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and coach Frank Yallop had a talk about three or four games ago. Both termed the meeting as positive, and Yallop complimented Johnson’s performance up to that point behind a struggling team. But Yallop also challenged his goalie to play better and to take his game up another notch. Johnson has responded to that challenge. Entering Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Union (5-8-7, 22 points), Johnson is one of MLS’ hottest goalies. Over his last three league games, Johnson’s allowed only two goals and saved 16 shots. His stop of Chris Tierney’s 85th minute penalty … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire signs Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis ]]> Lead story image

Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis is the Fire’s first signing during the summer transfer window, but coach Frank Yallop hopes he won’t be the last. The Fire on Monday  announced the signing of Cocis, 31, who most recently played for FC Hozerla Uzhhorod in Ukraine. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Cocis isn’t a designated player, which gives the Fire more flexibility throughout the rest of the summer. ‘‘The package was good from our side of things,’’ Yallop said of the deal to bring in Cocis, whom he has been tracking for about a year. Cocis, a veteran of 50 … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:20:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire hold on for win over Revolution ]]>

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 3rd minute and Sean Johnson saved a penalty kick in the 86th to seal the Fire’s 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday. Johnson dove to the right and got his right hand on Chris Tierney’s low left-footed PK. The block sent the ball into the air, off the post and rested on the goal line before Johnson secured it. Johnson’s big stop helped the Fire (3-4-10) stop a six-game winless streak. It was the fifth consecutive MLS loss for New England (7-8-2). Amarikwa’s goal was Chicago’s quickest score of … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:11:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire in dire need of reinforcements ]]> Lead story image

Defender Gonzalo Segares has been through this before. He has heard all the names linked to the Fire by speculation or plain wishful thinking. The summer transfer window opened Tuesday, but Segares won’t be paying too much attention to who’s connected to the Fire until they actually arrive at Toyota Park. ‘‘It’s been like that for many years now,’’ Segares said. ‘‘There’s a lot of rumors. People are always going to talk about it.’’ This year, there has been some chatter that former Fire star Da- Marcus Beasley, U.S. World Cup hero Jermaine Jones or Brazil  attacker Robinho would sign with … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:22:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Magee scores to help Fire escape with tie ]]>

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Mike Magee scored in the 40th minute to help the Fire salvage a 1-1 tie Sunday against Sporting Kansas City. Despite getting a point, the Fire (2-4-10) remained winless in their last 10 Major League Soccer games. Sporting KC (7-5-5) failed to clear a loose ball in their own end, and Fire midfielder Alex collected it and found Magee on the left flank. Magee settled the pass and calmly beat goalie Eric Kronberg for his fifth goal of the season. ‘‘When Mike gets in those types of situations, he is clinical,’’ Fire midfielder Logan Pause said. … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:44:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Harry Shipp sailing along for struggling Fire ]]> Lead story image

Midfielder Harry Shipp should be able to talk a little bit about some personal honors and his burgeoning candidacy for Major League Soccer’s rookie of the year award. He has six goals and four assists, and Fire fans can hope for something special every time he gets control of the ball. But when your team is 2-4-9 and needed a point in its last game just to get out of last place in its conference, individual achievements tend to get lost in the shuffle or disregarded. Discussing them might seem out of place, especially for a 22-year-old still trying to … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:31:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire condemn use of Spanish slur by some fans ]]>

When Toronto FC’s Joe Bendik took goal kicks during the team’s 1-1 draw Wednesday against the Fire at Toyota Park, an unfortunate cheer was heard coming from some in the crowd. Some fans chanted a Spanish slur against homosexuals toward the goalie just as he kicked in hopes of disturbing his delivery. The sound was easily audible during the game, and comments about it appeared on social media. On Thursday, the Fire released a statement to the Sun-Times condemning the usage of the cheer at Toyota Park or anywhere else. “Spirited chants and visual displays of support are an important … ]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:19:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite man advantage, Fire only get a draw ]]> Lead story image

Coach Frank Yallop figured there isn’t much of a difference at this point between losses and ties for the Fire. Entering the night tied for last in MLS, the Fire have tried in vain to turn draws into wins, settling for one point too many times when three were possible. In that spirit, Yallop sent forward Juan Luis Anangono on for defender Greg Cochrane in the 73rd minute Wednesday against Toronto FC. Tied at that juncture and facing a team down to 10 men after Luke Moore’s 29th-minute red card, Yallop decided to go for it in the Fire’s first … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:19:31 -0500