Monday, December 10, 2007

UIC, Fire coach out


UIC's playoff run has finally come to an end. They lost 2-1 to UMass in a game that saw all three goals scored in the second half.

It turns out that Juan Carlos Osorio is moving on to coach the New York Red Bull. The ESPN story is below.

Don't forget about your holiday shopping at Chicago Soccer, Eurosport, and the Soccer Post.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

UIC to Final Eight

With amazing perseverance and determination, the UIC Flames soccer team has upset three ranked teams on the road to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Soccer Tournament.

Ian Sarachan scored the lone goal in a 1-0 upset of Creighton in Nebraska last week.

They now face fellow cinderella Massachusetts on Sunday December 9th at 11:00 AM. Massachusetts beat #1 Boston College and will be a tough tough opponent.

Monday, November 26, 2007

UIC vs Northwestern, USA and more

Hey everyone

The UIC Flames beat St. Louis 1-0 on penalty kicks in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. They will now play in the round of 32 against number 9 ranked Northwestern on Wednesday, at 7:00 PM at Lakeside Field on the Northwestern campus. UIC will be providing a bus for all fans interested. Read the article (score highlighted) for more info.

The Concacaf draw for the 2010 world cup has been completed. The USA will meet the winner of Dominca and Barbados for their first match.

Since it is the time for shopping, don't forget Chicago Soccer, Big Soccer, and Soccer Post!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Seedings are out


The seedings for the Men's NCAA Soccer tournament are out. The Chicago area was able to place three entries (UIC, DePaul, and Northwestern) into the field of 48. Unfortunately, Loyola lost out due to their performance last weekend in the Horizon League Tournament.

Monday, November 19, 2007

UIC are champions!


UIC played their way into the NCAA tournament by winning the Horizon League tournament this weekend. The Flames beat Wright State, UW Milwaukee, and UW Green Bay to win the tournament. The story is below.

Tournament host and regular season champion Loyola lost to UW Green Bay in the semifinal and now have to hope for an at large bid.

DePaul lost to Notre Dame in the Big East semifinals but look assured to get an at large bid into the NCAA tournament.

In Fire news, Paulo Wanchope has retired. He played eleven games and scored two goals for the Fire. The story is below.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Fire's loss and college supremacy


The Fire lost in their bid to make it to the MLS Cup by losing to the New England Revolution 1-0. The goal was scored on a fantastic bicycle kick by Taylor Twellman. Even though they lost, the Fire made a huge improvement. It was so big, Chris Armas was thinking about not retiring. But he ultimately did retire.

On the college scene, UIC and Loyola both move on to the Horizon League Championships.

UIC continues to tear it up with a 4-0 victory over Wright State. They will play Milwaukee at 7:30 PM at Loyola Soccer Park.

Loyola received a bye and will play Green Bay on Nov. 16 at 5:00PM at Loyola Soccer Park.

Depaul advanced to the Big East Semifinals with a 1-0 win over Cincinatti. Whitney Young product Willy Lara started. They next will face Notre Dame at 5:00 PM on Friday the 16th. The game will be televised on CSTV.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Latest Happenings

Congratulations goes out to Andrew Ricks and the Lane Tech boys soccer team for once again winning their sectional and making it farther than any other city school in this year's state tournament.

The Chicago Fire advanced to the conference final by beating DC United in a two game series 3-2. The second game was exciting with the Fire roaring out to a two goal lead only to watch it disappaer in a classic United surge that saw United score two in the second half. But the Fire were able to hold on and now face the New England Revolution this Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN 2 at 6:30 Central. I think with their new look, the Fire can beat the Revolution (like they did a month ago) and get to the MLS Cup this year. Get your plane tix to DC ready! You can keep track of all the Chicago Fire and MLS activities by visiting their web site.

Chicago Soccer is having a huge sale on 06-07 gear. Get over there to get some great gear at a great price.

Joe Trost has started a soccer blog that I think you check out.

Let me know if things are happening with your team or organization.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Blanco Blanco Blanco


I will be the first to say I was dead wrong about what Blanco would do to the Fire when he arrived. I thought he would be a huge disruption and a disappointment. He has made this team into a fighting machine with a purpose. Some of his antics are still there but his leadership on and off the field have brought the team up a notch. Check out articles and videos of Blanco at

Speaking of the word Blanco, local boy Brad Guzan was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in just his third campaign. Check out the article at

The state playoffs continue on with the Class AA quarters tomorrow. Congratulations go out to Francis Parker High School as they took 4th place in the Class A tournament. You can find full coverage of the tournament and blog about soccer topics at

Last but not least, Soccer Post is having a 50% shoe sale going on right now. Pass on to those you think need new boots!

If you have any news or stories, please post or let me know and I will post them up on the blog.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Busy soccer weekend

It was a busy soccer weekend here in Chicago.

First and most importantly, our national team beat Mexico 2-1 to win the Gold Cup. This win affords the US entry into the Continental Champions tournament held in South Africa in 2009. This tournament is normally used as a dry run for the World Cup so winning the Gold Cup allows the US to gather some extra experience playing in South Africa.

The Fire played and beat Polish side Crakovia at Toyota Park 1-0. The story is below. They also have two senior international spots available since Guerrero received his green card and they let go of Bedrosian.

Congratulations to Chicago Soccers and Chicago Magic for being selected into the US National Team club program. The US Soccer story is below.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fire fire Sarachan, players wonder why


I saw that the Fire fired Dave Sarachan. The players are not happy. I may be going out on a limb but is this the first sign of the Blanco era. I find it interesting that the last sentence in the article is how Guppy wants to have a new coach in by the time Blanco gets to the team. Tail wagging the dog? The yahoo article is below.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

US Open Cup and more

RW Adria is representing the Chicago area in the first round of the US Open Cup tonight. Attached is a nice article

The Fire lost last week to Chivas USA 1-0. The MLSnet story is below.

Chicago Soccer still has tickets to the semis and final of the Gold Cup next week.

The Soccer Post has extended a 20% off sale. The link is below.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Over last Weekend

Hey everyone

It was a very positive weekend soccer wise in Chicago

The men's national team beat China 4-1. The Chicago connection of Michael Bradley (Chicago Soccers) and DaMarcus Beasley produced a goal. The recap of the match can be seen below or by going to Thanks to ESPN for the story

The Chicago Fire broke a 5 game winless streak by defeating the Columbus Crew 3-2. The story is below. Thanks to ESPN for the story

Congratulations to Waubonsia Valley as they captured the state title. Great job ladies! The story is below. Thanks to Preps Plus for the story,0,2237783.story?coll=cs-highschool-headlines

A nice uplifting story by Esther Cepeda shows the hard work of people making sure kids in the Chicago area understand the importance of education and culture through the game of soccer. Her report is below.,CST-NWS-SOCCER30.article

Don't forget Chicago Soccer has tickets for the Gold Cup available now.

Please pass on to others and let me know how to improve the blog by posting or emailing at

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Fire continue struggles


The Fire played to a scoreless tie with Real Salt Lake. The Fire changed the lineup a bit which is good because they need a spark on both ends. I'm surprised I'm saying this but having Blanco here soon should be a good thing for the club. The game recap is below.

The Best of the Midwest tournament was also this past weekend with many city teams participating. The website is below.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Fire Doused by an Angel


Jozimore Altidore and Juan Pablo Angel had their way with the Fire scoring two goals in two minutes as the New York Red Bulls beat the Fire 3-0. Go to to view the highlights. The goals by Angel are outstanding and show how completely out of position the Fire defense was last night.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Soccer Sale and Spring Wind down


Congratulations to the Lincoln Park girls soccer team as they once again won the city championship!

There is an online sale at The ad post is below.

The Fire get a chance to play the Red Bulls of New York.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Fire continue to roll


The Fire beat Houston and a pathetic Sunday crowd in Houston to continue unbeaten. That said, I am worried about what Blanco will bring to team in the coming weeks. Go vote for Chris Rolfe as goal of the week.

Chicago Soccer is already selling tickets for the semis and finals of the CONCACAF Cup. Stop by, get your tickets and get a jersey or pair of shoes while you are thery. They have all the latest and greatest.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Diego to the White House


Diego Gutierrez is heading to the White House for a conference on Malaria and a program he is supporting. Story is below

In other action, Northside College Prep and Payton College Prep both went undefeated in conference and are co-champs! Congratulations to both teams!

The new Blanco Fire jersey is available now at Chicago Soccer. Their website is below.

Email for updates and let me know what to put up on the blog!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fire Fire Fire


The Fire have remained undefeated. Here is the story below:

CPS women's playoffs start next week. Northside and Payton seem to be headed for a major showdown.

AYSO and local clubs are playing all around the city.

Email for updates and let me know what to put up on the blog!

Monday, April 23, 2007

spring soccer has exploded

Hey everyone

There is soccer being played everywhere this spring. This is a great time for soccer as the high school season has started up. The Fire have started their season with two wins and a tie. AYSO as well as club teams have started. So get out to the parks and fields!

Thursday, April 5, 2007



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