Long distance travel for Fire
The Chicago Fire are in the middle of a long away game stretch, they have four games in 11 days, three of these games are on the road. Unfortunately, for the Men in Red, they’ve already lost these first two games and will now face New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
With a strenuous away game schedule, Kennedy Igboananike chatted with Red Nation about the challenges of long-distance travel in MLS. He also talked with the Chicago Fire and discussed what he likes to do on long flights, but most importantly, he shared his secret on how he learned to backflip.
Chicago Fire 1 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps
Going into the Fire’s game on Wednesday, May 11, Fire Confidential examined Gilberto’s lack of production. It seems that even with a new coaching staff that the Chicago Fire are facing the same offensive challenges that they did in 2015.
Even with a strong performance on the field in Vancouver, the Fire ended the match without any points. After Igboananike scored an equalizer in the 62nd minute, the Fire’s effort to maintain a draw on the road was demolished by a phenomenal bicycle kick goal scored by Blas Perez in the 89th minute.
Earlier in the match, Matt Lampson collided with the Whitecaps, Masato Kudo – this landed Kudo with a broken jaw. Lampson offered sincere apologies via Twitter.
Chicago Fire 0 – 2 New England Revolution
From Vancouver, the Fire then flew 3,200 miles to face New England on the east coast. Even with Khaly Thiam’s debut and David Accam’s comeback, the Fire lost another match on the road in what many fans would consider one of Fire’s worst performances of 2016.
Michael de Leeuw of FC Groningen is rumored to be signing with the Chicago Fire. (You may need a translator to read this one.) If de Leeuw isn’t included in the May transfer window then there’s a possibility of him being added to the roster come July.
Fire Alumni News
- Jon Busch made seven saves to get Indy Eleven a point on the road in their 0-0 draw against Fort Lauderdale.
- Defender, Jalil Anibaba, made an appearance in goal for the Houston Dynamo. In the 84th minute, Anibaba made a save against former Fire player, Chad Barrett.
- Bleacher Report lists DaMarcus Beasley in their MLS team of the week.
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls
Wednesday, May 18 the Chicago Fire will play New York Red Bulls at Red Bull arena at 6:30 p.m. CST. Veljko Paunovic still believes in his Men in Red and continues to reassure the public that the team will continue to work hard and improve.