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Chicago Soccer Smolderings 5/11: Fire News & Videos, Vancouver Last Call, FIFA Allegations, Javier Morales & More

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As the title suggests, we have over 30 links covering everything from the upcoming Section 8 Watch Parties, the Fire practicing in the community, Chicago Red Stars news, FIFA bribery allegations, MLS Cup in Los Angeles, and the list goes on.  It's your latest Chicago Soccer Smolderings.

Chicago Fire General News

Section 8 Watch Parties for May 2011

The Fire are out of town for two games in a row in the middle of May, but Section 8 Chicago has planned some great watch parties to help meet your Fire (and beer) needs. Come on out and join us at some awesome establishments with a ton of other friends in Fire. We'll have one new destination this month, but first, an old favorite...

Practice in the Community | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that for the first time in the club’s 14-year history that the Fire will Practice in the Community. The Fire will hold three practices in the community over the course of the 2011 MLS season with the first taking place in Chicago’s Historic Mexican neighborhood of Pilsen at Benito Juarez Community Academy (1450 -1510 W. Cermak Chicago, Illinois 60608) on Sunday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. CT.

MLS Tactics Tuesday: The Constantly Changing Chicago Fire – The Allocation Order

The Chicago Fire are not in great form in MLS right now, having failed to win in all of their last five games. Seven games into the season, the Fire have recorded just one victory, a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City, the team with the worst record in the league. Last week, a twitter user by the handle of @ugly11 suggested that we take a look at the Chicago Fire in these two tweets. I’m happy to oblige.

Entrevista con Pappa | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Cuando los resultados no acompañan a un equipo, frecuentemente las buenas actuaciones de algunos de sus jugadores pasan desapercibidas.  Para fortuna de Marco Pappa, ese no ha sido su caso.  Mientras Chicago Fire atraviesa una sequía de victorias, el guatemalteco se mantiene vigente gracias a su desempeño que es complementado con goles.

Weekly Notes | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

The Chicago Fire (1-3-4, 7 points) head North of the border to take on Toronto FC (2-3-4, 10 points) at BMO Field on Saturday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. CT. Dan Kelly and Evan Whitfield will call the action from the booth live on CSN+/CSN.

Tuesday Training Report | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Out –Patrick Nyarko was held out of Saturday’s match with "general illness" but is listed now as having a concussion. The Ghanaian winger suffered from concussion symptoms last season.

The Vancouver draw is more troubling than you think: a group of bad finishers? - Hot Time In Old Town

Obviously, more points would be better, but 2 wins and two draws, one against a tough Philly team, would be ok with me.  We already have a draw from one of the matches I had figured us for a win in.  The tell-tale symptoms of two troubling problems make this match a bigger deal than people are giving it credit for.  The first is lack of finishing and a second concern is flying under the radar....

Time to Barter: Patrick Nyarko Might Be Best Option to Trade - Hot Time In Old Town

Given that, why did we pick up Nazarit, another forward, instead of adding to our depth defensively? Well, when you find a good deal, especially on young attacking talent, you make the move.

Salary Information and Budget Charge Estimate - Hot Time In Old Town

The MLS Players Association has released the Salary List of all MLS players.  Some interesting tidbits for the Chicago Fire.

Game 7: My Clavical Hurts - Hot Time In Old Town

Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids minute by minute breakdown.

General Soccer News

MLS Cup at Home Depot Center - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post

Home Depot Center in suburban Los Angeles will host MLS Cup for the fourth time, the league announced Tuesday.  The 2011 championship match will take place on a Sunday night, Nov. 20. Kickoff will take place sometime after 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and Galavision.

Real Salt Lake: Javier Morales has a "perfect potential" at recovery | Deseret News

When Dr. Andrew Cooper walked out on the field Saturday afternoon and first saw Javier Morales' mangled left ankle, he said, "It was fairly gruesome to see."  Roughly 48 hours later, however, Cooper said Real Salt Lake's star midfielder has a "perfect potential" at recovery.  Cooper surgically repaired Morales' ankle during a two-hour procedure at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center on Monday, and said there were no surprises or complications.

La Liga To Follow Premier League Television Revenue Sharing Model? | Pitch Invasion

Despite the current financial crisis in English football, it’s not down to a lack of television revenue for the Premier League. Indeed, that revenue is the envy of the world, with the £1.782 billion deal signed last year for domestic live game rights alone.

Six Top FIFA Officials Named in Bribery Investigation -

Soccer’s world governing body, which has little international oversight and has long faced charges of corruption, found itself embattled again Tuesday when six of its top officials were accused of participating in a bribery scandal related to bids for the 2018 and the 2022 World Cups.

Major League Soccer Salaries - Sorted by Guaranteed Compensation - Hot Time In Old Town

The Major League Soccer Players Union has released their latest update on Major League Soccer player salaries. David Beckham remains the highest paid player in Major League Soccer.

Chicago Fire Videos

WCIU, The U / Chicago Fire Fans

Aly is kicking it with Chicago Fire fans, getting a taste of the food and fun at Toyota Park while cheering on Chicago's one-and-only pro soccer team.

Sights and Sounds | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

CFTV host Leah Hendrickson collects the goings on around Toyota Park during Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Whitecaps Preview | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Corben Bone, Diego Cháves and Dasan Robinson look ahead to the Fire's game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Touchline TV: Episode 2 | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Touchline TV takes a look at the new team store, talks to Fire Captain Logan Pause and recaps the month of April for the Fire.

Non-Fire Chicago Soccer

FOUR ADDED: Illini’s DiBernardo among new Red Stars - Chicagoland Soccer News

The Chicago Red Stars have made four additions to their roster. Joining the team, which will playin the Women's Premier Soccer League, are University of Illinois forward and Naperville, Ill., native Vanessa DiBernardo; University of Illinois forward and Homer Glen, Ill., native Shayla Mutz; Indiana University forward and Barrington, Ill., native Carly Samp; and University of Louisville goalkeeper and South Elgin, Ill., native Taylor Vancil.

Naperville Central clinches DVC four-peat -

Four years, four DuPage Valley Conference girls soccer championships.  Naperville Central made it clear early Tuesday night it wanted to clinch No. 4 for itself, scoring just a minute into its 3-0 victory against Glenbard North.

Have Your Say : This Day in 1981 - Fire Confidential

On May 10, 1981 the Sting won their third game in a row after sweeping a home and home series with Dallas. A 5-0 win at Wrigley Field saw Rudy Glenn score twice while Karl-Heinz Granitz, Pato Margetic, and Greg Ryan provided the other tallies.

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Pre-Game and Recaps

Fire, Whitecaps muster lackluster draw - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago

Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos stands by his approach -- possession game, attractive soccer and offensive-minded soccer.

Fire averts disaster, settles for scoreless tie -

It could have been worse.  It almost was. Had goalkeeper Jon Conway not taken the ball off Eric Hassli’s feet on his 75th-minute breakaway, the Chicago Fire would have lost Saturday night at Toyota Park in front of a crowd generously announced at 11,680.

Chicago Fire Vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Expansion Whitecaps Get First Ever Road Point In Draw -

Add the Chicago Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps to the list of drawn matches on MLS Saturday. Six matches have been played so far and four of them have finished in draw with the Fire and Whitecaps the third to finish scoreless. Despite being the better side for most the entire match, Chicago could not find a goal and are unable to make up much ground in the Eastern Conference table, while Vancouver has managed their first ever point away from home in MLS play.

Chicago - Vancouver Post-Game: Not Your Average 0-0 Draw - Eighty Six Forever

The Vancouver Whitecaps played ninety interesting minutes in Chicago on Saturday. Thirty of them were exciting as hell, but the Whitecaps learned a loud lesson from the other hour.

Chicago vs Vancouver Report -

On a cool Saturday evening at Toyota Park, the Chicago Fire and the Vancouver Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw. The result extends the Fire's winless streak to six games and the Whitecaps' to seven.

Fire 0 Whitecaps 0 - Recap and Ratings - Fire Confidential

The good news is the Fire recorded their first clean sheet of the season.  A maligned and mistake prone defense managed to limit chances and maintained a shut out.  The bad news is the team failed to score for the first time all season and continued to miss chances that should be put away.  The result was particularly disturbing because expansion Vancouver had yet to record a point on the road after allowing six goals while going 0-3-0 in their first three road matches.

Whitecaps play with Fire - but don't get burned - Vancouver Sun

It was by no means a perfect road game.  In the first half, it seemed like a one-sided affair for their opponents, who probably should have scored at least once. But the Vancouver Whitecaps’ scoreless road draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday was exactly what the club has been looking for since away losses in Philadelphia, Houston and Columbus — a breakthrough first Major League Soccer result away from Empire Field. | us news | Whitecaps Grab First Away Point

Playing their fourth away match of the season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1W-4L-4D) claimed their first-ever point on the road in Major League Soccer after a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Eastern Conference club Chicago Fire (1W-3L-4D) on Saturday evening.

Evan Whitfield Blog | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

"Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose."  Truer words were never spoken regarding the wonderful sport of soccer. Strangely enough, for those of you who don't recognize the quote, Rosie Perez voiced this maxim in the cinematic basketball masterpiece, White Men Can't Jump.

Whitecaps Breakdown | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Two teams looking to put an end to long winless runs in league play meet Saturday when the Chicago Fire play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Toyota Park. The Fire are winless in five in a row, though they’ve gained points in their last two, after a 1-1 road draw with Colorado last weekend. Whitecaps FC haven’t won in seven league games, but they gained advancement in the Canadian Championship at midweek in a 1-1 home draw with the Montreal Impact.

On Fire: Defense steps up, tallies first shutout of 2011 |

The Chicago Fire missed a golden opportunity for three points on Saturday night, squandering numerous chances, loads of possession and a solid defensive performance en route to a scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Toyota Park.

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - Player Ratings - Hot Time In Old Town

The Chicago Fire drew the struggling expansion Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 at home. Vancouver had previously not gained any road points while the Fire had yet to achieve a shutout. Vancouver was the first of 3 struggling teams they hoped to beat in the next 4 weeks but luck was not on their side as several good looks at goal simply could not find the net.

Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS #8: Good, Bad & the Ugly - Hot Time In Old Town

First half chances from Dominic Oduro, Marco Pappa and Diego Chaves went begging as the Chicago Fire drew 0-0 with Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night at Toyota Park. With the tie, the Fire extend their unbeaten streak to three matches and move to 1-3-4 with seven points through eight matches.