I watched Once in a Lifetime over the weekend. It's a great documentary on the New York Cosmos and somewhat the North American Soccer League. I highly recommend it.
In today's Smolderings, we feature a podcast interview with Eric Wynalda, Lindsay Tarpley injures her knee again, FMF might be abusing water breaks for TV monetary gains, Tom Soehn talks to Orrin Schwarz and much more after the break.
Eric Wynalda talks about the Chicago Fire... and coaching. You listen between the lines.
Former Chicago Red Stars player Lindsay Tarpley suffered an ACL tear in her right knee and will miss the Women's World Cup. There's a quote inside from Tarpley.
FMF State of Mind has an interesting story on water breaks being used despite the fact that it hasn't been all that hot in Mexico.
Orrin Schwarz caught up with former Fire player, former Fire assistant coach and Arlington Heights native Tom Soehn. Soehn was in town in his role as Director of Soccer Operations for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Schwarz also had a piece on giving Carlos de los Cobos more time as coach of the Chicago Fire. I agree... for now.
Raquel Ortiz of FutbolMLS.com profiled Cristian Nazarit.
Section 8 Chicago has updated their official Watch Party list through July 9th.
The U-15/16 Fire Academy team is 2-1-1 in their last four games but have been outscored 2 goals to 3. Call them the Philadelphia Union of their league. The U-17/18 Fire Academy team has really stepped it up going 3-0-1 in their last four games after starting out 1-3-2. The Great Lakes Division is wide open at their level.
Jeff Ward has a highly editorial piece in here. You would think that taunts at a girls' high school soccer game would be non-existent and you would think that racist taunts would somehow be even rarer. Apparently not and kudos to Ward for writing about it.
In brighter news, the IHSA Girls' Soccer regular season has wrapped up. There are a couple of prep related links below. Congratulations to Loyola on their undefeated season. The married soccer refs story is high on cute factor.
Chicago Fire PDL
The Chicago Fire PDL team kicked off this season in Akron on Saturday night. Josey Portillo had a goal and an assist as the Fire PDL defeated the Akron Summitt Assault 2-0. Chris Estridge also had a goal and Kenney Walker had an assist. The PDL team's home opener is this Saturday, May 21 at Evanston Township High School at 6:30 PM CST against the Cincinnati Kings.
Chicago vs. Toronto Recaps
In case you want to relive Saturday's game against Toronto FC, here are several ways to read about it.