Blog

jeff crandall

02 February 9:40 pm

Good evening from Ventura, Calif. where the first team escaped the snow of Chicago Saturday morning to begin Phase Two of 2013 Training Camp.

After arriving at our beach-side hotel, the team quickly ate and changed before heading to Oxnard Community College for a little over an hour long training session.

Notes from today: 

- The long-rumored trade that would send forward Dominic Oduro to Columbus in exchange for Dilly Duka seems to have happened according to both players Twitter accounts and multiple reports. Oduro is not in Fire camp and Duka tweeted Saturday that he was headed to join the team in California. Expect an official announcement Monday.

- The Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz also added a significant rub to the trade: the Fire will also reportedly gain the MLS rights to out-of-contract U.S. international Robbie Rogers.

- 2012 Fire Defender of the Year Arne Friedrich trained with the team for the first time after being allowed to take extra time off while the side was in Ave Maria, Fla.

- After flying from Norway all day Friday, new signing Brendan King also trained for the first time. 

- It was good to see midfielder Patrick Nyarko do some light ball work off to the side as he continues his comeback following a grueling 2012 campaign.

- Defender Hunter Jumper and forward Maicon Santos did not train with the team Saturday. Jumper pulled up lame in Wednesday's friendly vs. Columbus while Santos was unavailable for selection in the match after suffering an injury in the days leading up to the game.

- New trialists have arrive in camp. A full list will be published on Chicago-Fire.com in the coming days. 

That's it for Saturday's notes... Take in some photos from training: 

01 February 12:41 pm

On this day 15 years ago, the Chicago Fire selected defender C.J. Brown first overall in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft.

Having spent the 1997 season with the San Francisco Bay Seals in the USISL D3 Pro League, Brown impressed then D.C. United head coach Bob Bradley as the Seals fell to the defending MLS Cup champions at the tournament’s semifinal stage.

TRUE CAR PLAYER REGISTRY

Brown would of course go on to be part of all six of the club’s domestic titles and currently holds the Fire record for most competitive (372), regular season (296), playoff (25) and U.S. Open Cup appearances (25) amassed over his 13-year career in Chicago.

Last season, Brown forever wrote his name into Fire history as he became the seventh member of the Ring of Fire, joining Bradley, Piotr Nowak, Frank Klopas, Lubos Kubik, Peter Wilt and Chris Armas in the club’s Hall of Fame.

29 January 8:25 am

Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been absent from camp in Ave Maria but like the past two January’s he’s had a good reason.

The budding American goalkeeper has spent much of the month in U.S. Men’s National Team camp with the gathering culminating in tonight’s friendly s. Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

The Fire goalkeeper joined D.C. United’s Bill Hamid and Houston’s Tally Hall to round out the goalkeeping corps in Jurgen Klinsmann’s camp and like the past two January camps, will hope to earn another cap Tuesday night vs. the Canucks.

Though he hasn't made an appearance for the national team since the side's 1-0 friendly win at Panama a year a go, Johnson did earn a number call ups during the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying last fall.

Perhaps a good performance could put Johnson in the mix for a trip to San Pedro Sula as the U.S. opens up the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying at Honduras next Wednesday, February 6.

Catch Sean and the rest of the U.S. team Tuesday night LIVE at 8pm CT on ESPN2, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes.

25 January 3:20 pm

Hope everyone's enjoying the snow back home... Just a bit of news for you on this lovely Friday afternoon in Ave Maria.

We're pleased to announce that Sunday's preseason opener vs. Florida Gulf Coast University in Ave Maria, Fla. will be live streamed here on Chicago-Fire.com beginning at 3pm CT. 

25 January 11:07 am

A nice little recap from Thursday's trip to the beach in Naples. This one is for the ladies...

23 January 11:10 am

On Tuesday we reported midfielder Corben Bone would spend a week and a half training with Team for the World Alliance partners Atletico Madrid.

Today, we get photos from his visit to the Estadio Vicente Calderon. Check them out below...

 

22 January 8:19 am

The Section 8 Chicago Annual General Meeting is set for this Saturday, January 26 at 1pm in the Stadium Club at Toyota Park. 

Open to ALL FIRE FANS, the AGM serves as a way for the Independent Supporters Association to discuss the past year and ftuture plans for supporter's culture. Its also when the ISA elects its board members for the coming year. 

Along with the supporters activities, this year Chicago Fire Chief Operating Officer Atul Khosla will hold a Q&A session with those in attendance and you never know when someone from the first team may do a live look-in from Ave Maria, Fla...

Don't have a ride from the city? The ISA will be running a bus from Cleo's Chicago (1935 W. Chicago). Stay tuned to Section8Chicago.com or follow them on Twitter (@Section8Chicago) for more details in the coming days. 

21 January 8:28 pm

Select shots from Monday's second day of preseason training in Ave Maria, Fla.

Stay tuned on Tuesday for the list of trialists currently in camp...

 

21 January 9:28 am

Prior to departing for Ave Maria, Fla. Fire Strength and Conditioning coach Tony Jouaux, with help from staff at the University of Illinois-Chicago's Human Performance Lab, put the team through the paces with the VO2 Max Fitness test. 

What is the VO2 Max? Well, it tests the maximum capacity of an individual's body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual.

Tony and some of the guys explain more in this video below but if you're wondering who the fittest guy on the team is, SPOILER ALERT, its Logan Pause.

17 January 5:07 pm

 

Feelings on joining the Chicago Fire?

"I’m extremely delighted to be drafted by the Fire. I feel it’s a golden opportunity for me to play under better conditions and show what I can do in MLS."

What are the strong suits of your game?

"I think my strengths are my speed, ability and technique. I feel like I have a lot to offer in those areas."

On coming from Cameroon…

"The training conditions I’ve had to play under in Cameroon aren’t as good as in Chicago where they have top facilities and a great stadium. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play in that stadium."

On youth international experiences with Cameroon U-20's

"I feel playing with the Cameroonian team at the U-20 World Cup raised my profile a bit and gave me something more to build towards. Representing your nation in a world championship is an amazing thing and I was very proud to play a part in all four games."

On his combine performance…

"I did feel that I had a strong combine. I came in off of an 18-hour flight and felt a little tired in the second half of games but I think I did very well to prove my abilities at the combine."