Tag: Chicago Fire

The Socceresq Podcast: Out of the Frying Pan

On this episode, I discuss the ongoing issues involving the Chicago Fire. At war with their supporters, they are now under threat of a lawsuit stemming from an incident from May of last year, which ultimately resulted in the banning of an entire supporter group. I go through the suit, and the off-field problems of ...

Analysis: No Winners in the Lawsuit Involving Bridgeview and the Chicago Fire

Hopefully you've had the chance to check out my Athletic piece on the lawsuit that was filed by a Chicago Fire supporter against the Village of Bridgeview and Chicago Fire President/GM Nelson Rodriguez, among others. It's a wild ride to be sure. I had the chance to speak with James Vlahakis, the attorney who filed ...

My Latest for The Athletic: A Hot Time in Bridgeview

Check out my latest story for The Athletic: A Chicago Fire supporter has sued the Village of Bridgeview and a number of individuals including Chicago Fire President Nelson Rodriguez, alleging conspiracy, malicious prosecution and violation of civil rights related to an incident which occurred in May of 2018. It's a pretty wild story, so take ...

The Socceresq Podcast: Happy New Year

The Socceresq Podcast: Happy New Year. In this episode, I talk about my plans for the next couple of months (heading to Arizona for the USSF AGM conference), the status of SaveTheCrew (hint: 98% saved) and AustinFC (hint: mostly done), what's going on in Miami (hint: Who knows) and I tease a story about the ...

MLS Allowing More Charter Flights Seems Overdue, but Would Teams Actually Use Them?

Photo used with permission from Max Aquino Photography Eagle-eyed readers who read my story on the tentative changes to the MLS schedule, noticed a little tidbit related to the implications from additional midweek games. The long and short of it was: Additional mid-week games will put additional stresses on players, which may require MLS loosening ...

Emails Provide Insight Into How USSF/MLS Used Fraser “Stipulation” to Refuse Training Compensation Payments

Note: I recently started a Patreon for those who want to help support/expand my writing content. Whatever you'd like to contribute is greatly appreciated! End plug. Become a Patron: My story on Training Compensation/Solidarity Payments got a great reception (thanks!), and aside from the issues involving the MLSPA's reluctance to agree to participate, the other focus ...

Stadium Lease Snapshot: Bridgeview and the Chicago Fire, and the Best/Worst Stadium Lease in the U.S.

Note: This will be a series I'm doing on lease agreements between local municipalities and MLS franchises. You can review some background on the issue here. The recently renamed "SeatGeek Stadium" is home to the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. The stadium opened in 2006 with the Fire being the main tenant. Located in Bridgeview, ...

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