Dear Mr. Hauptman,
I'll get right to the point. It's time for you to sell the Chicago Fire. Please, sell the club to someone who cares about, well anything. Someone who cares about the City of Chicago. Someone who cares about the club. Someone who cares about the supporters. Someone who cares about winning.
Ask any of the 5,100 folks (No, the actual attendance wasn't even close to the pathetic 9,000 announced) who sat in the freezing cold last night to watch this team post yet another embarrassing performance what the problem is and 90% of them will tell you the same thing - this team has no attacking threat. Unfortunately, many of those same people will say that it's time for the club to sack Frank Klopas and move in a new direction. I see a bigger problem. I see a club with a staff who has yet to be given the tools they need to have sustained success.
While New York gets Henry, Cahill, etc..., and LA gets Beckham, Donovan, Keane, and likely Lampard, what does Chicago get? Puppo? Robayo? MacDonald? Nazarit? Puerari? And on and on and on. Now, I'm not saying that Chicago Fire needs a big name player, it would be nice - but not necessary. What we need is a player who can actually play. Not some garage sale find who might be able to make an impact on the team.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and a major sports town, yet only 5,100 people showed up last night. Why? It certainly wasn't because of the cold, just look at the crowd that showed up in Colorado for the USMNT match in the snow. It wasn't because Chicago doesn't like soccer, look at any big time match held at Soldier Field. The reason people don't show up is because the product on the field doesn't warrant spending the money. I know *former* season ticket holders who have said that they refuse to put another dime into this club because clearly the owner can't be bothered to do the same.
It takes money to make money. If you invest in this club and put a product on the field that will compete with the top tier clubs in this league, people will come out. It's been 7 years since Chicago has had silverware. Either open up the checkbook, give the staff the tools they need to put together a club that can compete, or do all of us in Chicago a favor - sell the team to someone who cares.
JR Patton, Season Ticket Holderno comments
The Chicago Fire returned home Saturday night to open their 2013 home campaign after a crushing 4-0 loss in LA last Sunday. While the defending was markedly better this week, the midfield play was still sloppy and the finishing in the final third was downright atrocious - all of this leading to a 1-0 loss in front of an announced attendance of 13,242.
The loss will send the Fire to 0-2-0 (0 pts) on the young 2013 season, and will certainly get the fans in a tizzy. The club has not had an 0-2-0 start since the 2000 campaign when they opened with losses at Dallas and at Kansas City. We'll break down the bad, the worse, and the flat out awful after the break.no comments
After waiting 123 long days since their disappointing playoff loss to the Houston Dynamo, the new look Fire were ready to get the 2013 campaign underway on Sunday. Ready right until the opening whistle.
After an off season that saw the retirement of midfielder Pavel Pardo, the departure of veterans Dan Gargan and Dominic Oduro, and the addition of several new players, the Fire were looking to move beyond the disappointment of 2012, and move into 2013 with a fresh start and all eyes on an MLS Cup. With a promising pre-season behind them, Fire players and supporters alike were bubbling over with excitement on Facebook and Twitter as the opening kick neared on Sunday afternoon. Everyone knew that opening the season on the road against the 2 time defending champions wouldn't be easy, but there was still a sense of optimism in the air, the feeling of freshness that you get with each new season. LA was playing without Landon Donovan, and had lost the legendary David Beckham in the off season, why couldn't the Fire start the season off right?no comments
It’s been a while since Hook ‘N Ladders has posted a full length story about the club that we all love so much. I apologize for the delay in posts, but I hope that you’ve continued to follow along with us on Twitter and listen to us on O’Leary’s Podcast. If you haven’t, well then you’re just plain missing out! But here we are, back in the business of writing full length analyses, opinions, and other random junk – so fasten your seat belts and let’s get this thing rolling.no comments
The Chicago Fire have 4 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup titles, more than any other MLS club. They've been in the final a total of six times, including last season's defeat at the hands of Seattle Sounders. The Fire are the "Kings of the Cup". So, when MLS clubs entered the competition in the third round last night, the Fire were looking for an easy win vs. the PDL Michigan Bucks. Apparently no one told the Bucks that they weren't supposed to win.
Sure, you can take a look at the starting XI that Frank Klopas fielded, and even the gameday 18 and say that it's not a huge surprise that this side couldn't bring back the victory and move on to the next round. But even an MLS reserve squad should be able to beat a PDL team, if not than why are they playing on our reserve squad? What does that say about the depth of this club?no comments
Regardless of the result, tonight will go down as a very special night in both Fire and Toyota Park history. Fire original and legend, CJ Brown will be inducted into the Ring of Fire at Toyota Park during a special halftime ceremony. If you can remember back to last seasons matchup with RSL, CJ was lauded with cheers of "Ring of Fire" from Section 8 - a show of respect for the former Fire great and current RSL assistant coach.no comments
Okay, the debate seems to have calmed down over the post from last night, so now I can get to the full match recap. I'm two days late, but as most of you saw, I was a little busy warding off vicious Seattle supporters last night.
You've seen the score, you've seen the fight, you've heard about all that, let's get into the match itself.
Coming off a 3-2 victory in Toronto, I was hopeful that the offense might have finally found their stride - but I was cautiously optimistic since the outburst came against the worst team in the league. As it turns out, I was right to be only cautiously optimistic.no comments
Now back safely in the confines of my own home, I can write a full length post about tonight's match at Toyota Park. The first thing I have to say, is it's a damn shame that this game had to be called due to weather. There were a lot different factors that played into the decision and I'll touch on that later, but it's a shame - I truly believe the Fire would have pulled off the win had this game gone the full 90. That being said, it didn't and they didn't, and they'll have to settle for another disappointing draw and one point.
First off, congratulations to Patrick Nyarko on his 100th game as a member of the Fire first team tonight. Unfortunately he celebrated the occasion with a yellow card, but congrats to him, and let's hope for 100 more.no comments