How ambitious is Joe Mansueto with the Fire?
Brian's story on Mansueto regarding Wicky and Heitz: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/7/21/22587955/chicago-fire-owner-joe-mansueto-no-plans-to-make-changes-with-georg-heitz-raphael-wickyBrian's story on Mansueto and Soldier Field: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/7/24/22590856/fire-committed-to-soldier-field-looking-to-make-it-work-at-lakefront-venueNetflix show Heist's episodes on Pappygate: https://www.netflix.com/watch/81153328?trackId=200257859
28 Jul 2021
Fire get demolished in Nashville, Red Stars being carried by own goals
The Fire got rocked in Nashville so Brian and Dan tried to figure out where the team's momentum went before shifting to some potential Alvaro Medran drama. Meanwhile, the Red Stars are being carried by own goals in one of the weirder soccer things in the world.
21 Jul 2021
Fire finish homestand by showing signs of progress
2022 World Cup futures odds: https://theathletic.com/2702800/2021/07/12/world-cup-2022-futures-odds-france-still-favored-after-early-euro-2020-exit-followed-by-brazil-and-england/
14 Jul 2021
Both teams win and the Fire Academy gets a trophy
The Fire had a dominant win, the Red Stars also got a shutout victory and the Fire U-19s won the MLS Next Cup. In what may be the most positive episode of the show to date, Brian and Dan talk about the Fire's demolition of a shorthanded Atlanta team, the Red Stars' road win and the significance of the Fire Academy's accomplishment.
6 Jul 2021
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Fire hit rock bottom before sort of offering hope
The Fire lost to fellow last-place team FC Cincinnati at home in a performance that was even worse than the result. Brian and Dan try to put it in context as the Fire's season continues to spiral downward. They also discuss some interesting quotes from the 3-3 draw against Philadelphia.
30 Jun 2021
Two off weeks didn't fix Fire's problems
The Fire returned from two weeks off with a 2-0 loss at Columbus and a starting lineup that looked even worse on paper. With a four-match homestand coming up, Brian and Dan try to figure out what the Fire need to do to call it successful. Meanwhile, the Red Stars got one point from two matches in four days. Plus, is it hard to watch MLS with the Euros going on?
23 Jun 2021
Special new Fire logo episode
The Fire unveiled their new logo so Brian and Dan got together for an emergency episode of the podcast to discuss what they think of it and what it means for the club. Is the logo any good? Is the Chicago flag going to be on everything in Chicago sports now? Plus, they throw in some talk about the Bears looking into moving out of Soldier Field and how they could affect the Fire.
19 Jun 2021
Patreon teaser: Evaluating Joe Mansueto's ownership
With both the Fire and Red Stars off this past week, Brian and Dan opened the show wrapping up some news items before sharing our first Patreon exclusive episode. The last 42 minutes of the show is about the state of Joe Mansueto's ownership. What has changed (or not changed) for the club? How has he done so far and what should be expected going forward?
17 Jun 2021
Analyzing the Fire proposed training facility
Fire's training facility proposal: https://www.chicago.gov/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/cffc_060321_draft.pdfSun-Times story Brian contributed to on the training facility: https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2021/6/4/22519425/chicago-fire-soccer-club-hanson-park-performance-centerDan's Euro 2020 draft: https://theathletic.com/2637627/2021/06/08/euro-2020-pool-odds-athletic-writers-draft-rank-and-breakdown-all-24-teams/
10 Jun 2021
Are the Fire's finishing problems fixable?
For the second straight game the Fire dominated at home, but finishing was a problem. This time it was a loss, which has Brian and Dan wondering why the Fire can't finish. Plus, the Red Stars took a loss, but Mallory Pugh's play continues to be a beacon for hope.
3 Jun 2021