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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The Kids Are Alright: The Chicago Fire are the New Cubs

Chicago Fire SOccer Goal Celebration

(via USA Today)

After what was a pretty successful league run for the first decade or so of their existence, Chicago’s still-young franchise had begun to stall.

It was a new century and there was a clear need for change. The owner ousted their manager (a beloved former player) and the vacuum that remained caused an even further dip in performance. Supporters, still loyal to the club and sympathetic to its young local players, gave the team some nicknames: “The Remnants,” and “The Orphans” were two of the more popular ones, but the one that caught on… in 1900’s … was “The Cubs.”

The name stuck.

As the first pitch for your 2015 National League Wildcard Cubs nears, let’s go ahead and place that Loveable Losers crown on the new not-so-great team with young talent and plenty of hustle — the Chicago Fire.

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Fire Put Crushing Blow on Montreal Impact

(via MLS)

(via MLS)

The Chicago Fire put on a display of powerful attacking capability en route to a 3:0 demolition of the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The soggy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park seemed to have a bigger effect on Montreal than on the home side. The Impact looked ready to pack it in by halftime.
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“Dos a Cero”, Remember the Alamo, But Don’t Forget Your Raincoat

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(via MLS.com)

True to the mission statement of OTF, my recap of last night’s United States vs. Mexico match will be a mix of analysis, insight and fluff.  I’ll mix it up by starting with some insight, followed by some fluff and a snippet of analysis.

Insight:  Is a “Friendly” Ever Friendly?

The term “friendly” is a misnomer of sorts when the term involves United State vs. Mexico.  Regardless of where played or what’s at stake, a “friendly” match between the US and Mexico can be anything but friendly. As the highlights of the pre-game show demonstrated, shoving matches and stare downs are common place…

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OTF Roundtable: Do the Chicago Fire Deserve Harry Shipp?

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Harry shares the sports memorabilia in his childhood home. (via Chipotle’s Being Homegrown)

Near the end of the Fire’s third loss in a row last Saturday, Alexi Lalas doubled-down on his flattery of second year stand-out Harry Shipp by suggesting that he was the Fire’s only “real” DP, and further stating that Harry may be “Too Good” to play for Chicago…

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Dispatch: Chicago Fire (0) at Los Angeles Galaxy (2)

Robbie Keane welcomes Primetime MLS viewers to the 2015 season.

Robbie Keane welcomes primetime MLS television viewers to the 2015 season.

It’s too early to say anything overly positive or overly critical, so OTF’s Brian Howe Battle does both.

“Yallop was once asked if he might be tempted to roll out a 4-3-3 and he replied, wryly, ‘You can call it whatever you like, but you already know what it will be.'” -San Jose Earthquakes writer Nerdy Gales in an 11/1/13 OTF Guest Blog

You could call the beginning of this season whatever you would like, but part of your psyche already knows what it will be.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

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