2008 Chicago Fire season

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Chicago Fire S.C.
2008 season
Chairman United States Andrew Hauptman
Manager Costa Rica Denis Hamlett
MLS 3rd overall (2nd in Eastern Conference)
MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Final
U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
Brimstone Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer United States Chris Rolfe (9) +(1 in playoffs)[1]
Average home league attendance 17,052[2]
Home colors
Away colors

The 2008 Chicago Fire season was the club's 13th year of existence, as well as their 11th season in Major League Soccer and 11th consecutive year in the top-flight of American soccer. It began with a 3-1 away win over Real Salt Lake on March 29, 2008 and ended with a 2-1 loss to Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Final on November 13, 2008. Denis Hamlett made his debut as the Chicago Fire coach after being promoted.

Current roster[edit]

Squad[edit]

  • Players in bold have had senior international caps for their respective national squads.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
0 United States GK Tyler Kettering
1 United States GK Jon Busch
2 United States DF C.J. Brown (Vice-captain)
3 United States FW Calen Carr
4 Mali MF Bakary Soumare
5 United States MF Brian Plotkin
6 United States DF Brandon Prideaux
7 United States MF Logan Pause
8 United States MF Diego Gutiérrez
9 Poland FW Tomasz Frankowski
10 Mexico MF Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Captain)
11 United States MF John Thorrington
12 Ghana FW Patrick Nyarko
16 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa
17 United States FW Chris Rolfe
No. Position Player
18 United States MF Mike Banner
20 United States FW Brian McBride
21 United States MF Justin Mapp
22 Colombia DF Wilman Conde
23 Paraguay MF Líder Mármol
24 United States DF Daniel Woolard
25 Costa Rica DF Gonzalo Segares
26 Costa Rica FW Andy Herron
28 United States GK Nick Noble
29 United States MF Peter Lowry
32 United States DF Dasan Robinson
33 United States MF Stephen King
34 United States DF Austin Washington
36 United States MF Kai Kasiguran

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Other information[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

Last updated on June 5, 2008.
No. Pos Nat Player Total MLS Season
Apps Goals Apps Goals
0 GK United States Tyler Kettering 0 0 0 0
1 GK United States Jon Busch 30 0 30 0
2 DF United States C.J. Brown 3 0 3 0
3 FW United States Calen Carr 9 2 9 2
4 MF Mali Bakary Soumare 28 0 28 0
6 DF United States Brandon Prideaux 27 0 27 0
7 MF United States Logan Pause 27 0 27 0
8 MF United States Diego Gutiérrez 20 0 20 0
9 FW Poland Tomasz Frankowski 17 2 17 2
10 MF Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco 27 7 27 7
11 MF United States John Thorrington 23 5 23 5
12 FW Ghana Patrick Nyarko 9 1 9 1
16 MF Guatemala Marco Pappa 6 0 6 0
17 FW United States Chris Rolfe 26 10 26 10
18 MF United States Mike Banner 11 0 11 0
20 FW United States Brian McBride 11 5 11 5
21 MF United States Justin Mapp 30 2 30 2
22 DF Colombia Wilman Conde 22 1 22 1
23 DF Paraguay Lider Marmol 2 0 2 0
24 DF United States Daniel Woolard 8 1 8 1
25 DF Costa Rica Gonzalo Segares 23 2 23 2
26 FW Costa Rica Andy Herron 17 0 17 0
28 GK United States Nick Noble 0 0 0 0
29 MF United States Peter Lowry 0 0 0 0
32 DF United States Dasan Robinson 2 0 2 0
33 MF United States Stephen King 20 2 20 2
34 DF United States Austin Washington 1 0 1 0
36 MF United States Kai Kasiguran 0 0 0 0

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
MLS March 29, 2008

Last updated: July 21, 2009
Source: Competitions

Major League Soccer[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
3 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
4 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
5 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
6 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
7 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Columbus Crew (SS) (E1) 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Houston Dynamo (W1) 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
3 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11 2009 North American SuperLiga 4
4 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 −3
5 Chivas USA 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 −1
6 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 −2
7 Real Salt Lake 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
8 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 −6 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
9 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 −1
10 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 −8 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
11 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
12 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 −9
13 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 −7
14 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 −6
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team.
    If they had qualified for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified would have qualified.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 46 13 10 7 44 33 +11 7 5 3 23 17 +6 6 5 4 21 16 +5

Last updated: July 21, 2009
Source: Major League Soccer
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground A H A H H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H
Result T W W L W W W L W L L L T T W T T W W L W L W L L W T T L W

Last updated: July 21, 2009.
Source: Chicago Fire
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

MLS regular season[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MLSSoccer.com 2008 Stats". 
  2. ^ "USA Major League Soccer - Attendance - 2008". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved July 21, 2009.