OTF Roundtable: Shipp’s Sale

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This weekend Fire Confidential broke the news that 3rd-year player and fan favorite Harrison Shipp would be traded to Montreal Impact for General and Targeted Allocation Money.

As a Homegrown Player who spent his childhood and most of his adult life in the Chicago area Shipp was devastated about the transaction, as were Fire fans who saw Harry as a sign of hope in a team that desperately needed something to cheer about.

(Ed. Note — Possible headlines I decided not to use: “Shipp’s Passing,” “Abandoned Shipp,” “Harry’s Situation”)

Prompt: Now that they have parted ways, what does the future hold for Harry Shipp and the Chicago Fire?

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Depth Charge: Positional Battles After First Preseason Game

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Give us fuel, give us Fire, give us depth which we desire. (photo via YoDesportes)

Preseason has started for your 2016 Chicago Fire. Prior to tomorrow’s friendly against fellow basement-buddy Philadelphia Union, we wanted to look at the depth chart battles going on. Continue reading

The US Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Back

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This is Part II of my original analysis of the lawsuit between United States Soccer Federations’s (“US Soccer”) and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association (“Union”).  As you may have heard, the Unions has “fired back” at last week’s lawsuit filed by the US Soccer against the Union.  

While some pundits and fanboys/fangirls on Twitter have accused US Soccer of waging a war of discrimination against the Union and the players, the Union’s response is more about “lawyers doing what lawyers do.”  That means that the Union’s legal team has responding with the typical lawyer armory of posturing, finger pointing and taking strident tones.  All of this is being done as part of a two pronged effort to (a) assert that the players are not going to be cowed into submission and (b) convince a federal court judge to take side with the Union without pointing to any real evidence to support the Union’s position.  I intend to give you a summary of the arguments rather than simply cutting and pasting the entire thing as some have done.  An update of this morning’s legal proceedings has been added to the end of this piece. Continue reading

Legal Analysis regarding US Soccer vs. US Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association

 

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The above image shows the United States Women’s National Soccer Team at a happier time, celebrating its 2015 World Cup Victory at the White House with various officials of United States Soccer Federation (“US Soccer”).  By now you’ve heard about the lawsuit that US Soccer has filed against the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association (“Union”). The lawsuit is rather simple, and contrary to number of tweets in support or the Union and/or against US Soccer, it is not an attack against the players themselves. Rather, the lawsuit boils down to a single, simple issue. Continue reading