2009 Chicago Fire season

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Chicago Fire
2009 season
Chairman United States Andrew Hauptman
Manager Costa Rica Denis Hamlett
MLS 5th overall (2nd in Eastern Conference)
MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Final
U.S. Open Cup Round of 16
Superliga Runners-up
Brimstone Cup No winner determined
Top goalscorer United States Brian McBride (7)
Average home league attendance 15,071[1]
Home colors
Away colors

The 2009 Chicago Fire season was the club's 14th year of existence, as well as their 12th season in Major League Soccer and 12th consecutive year in the top-flight of American soccer. It began with a 3-1 away win over FC Dallas on March 21, 2009 and ended with a loss on penalties to Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference Final on November 14, 2009.

Current roster[edit]

Squad[edit]

As of July 17, 2009. [2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Jon Busch
2 United States DF C. J. Brown (Captain)
3 United States FW Calen Carr
4 Mali DF Bakary Soumaré
5 United States DF Tim Ward
6 United States DF Brandon Prideaux
7 United States MF Logan Pause
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Baggio Husidić
10 Mexico MF Cuauhtémoc Blanco
11 United States MF John Thorrington
14 Ghana FW Patrick Nyarko
16 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa
No. Position Player
17 United States FW Chris Rolfe
18 United States MF Mike Banner
20 United States FW Brian McBride
21 United States MF Justin Mapp
22 Colombia DF Wilman Conde
23 Bulgaria FW Stefan Dimitrov
24 United States DF Daniel Woolard
25 Costa Rica DF Gonzalo Segares
29 United States MF Peter Lowry
32 United States DF Dasan Robinson
34 United States DF Austin Washington
40 United States GK Andrew Dykstra

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

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

No. Position Player
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Baggio Husidić (from Draft, 20th Overall[3])
5 United States DF Tim Ward (off waivers[4])
No. Position Player
40 United States GK Andrew Dykstra (unattached[5])

Out[edit]

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

No. Position Player
8 United States MF Diego Gutiérrez (Retired[6])
33 United States MF Stephen King (to Seattle Sounders FC, 2009 Expansion Draft[7])
9 Poland FW Tomasz Frankowski (Released on waivers[7])
No. Position Player
26 Costa Rica FW Andy Herron (Released on waivers[7])
28 United States GK Nick Noble (Released on waivers[8])
4 Mali DF Bakary Soumaré (Mid season transfer to Boulogne [9])

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Technical Director United States Frank Klopas
Manager Costa Rica Denis Hamlett
Assistant manager United States Mike Jeffries
Assistant manager United States Mike Matkovich
Assistant manager United States Daryl Shore
Head athletic trainer United States Paul Ziemba
Assistant athletic trainer United States Bo Leonard
Equipment manager United States Charles Raycroft

Last updated: April 18, 2009
Source: Chicago Fire

Other information[edit]

Chairman United States Andrew Hauptman
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Toyota Park (20,000 / N/A)

Source: Chicago Fire


Statistics[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
MLS Eastern Conference Championship March 21, 2009 November 14, 2009
USOC Third Round Third Round June 30, 2009
Superliga Group A Runner-up June 20, 2009 August 5, 2009

Last updated: October 18, 2008
Source: Competitions

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Chicago Fire 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
3 New England Revolution 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
4 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
5 Toronto FC 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
6 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
7 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Major League Soccer
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew (E1) 49 30 13 7 10 41 31 +10
2 Los Angeles Galaxy2 (W1) 48 30 12 6 12 36 31 +5
3 Houston Dynamo3 (W2) 48 30 13 8 9 39 29 +10
4 Seattle Sounders FC2 47 30 12 7 11 38 29 +9
5 Chicago Fire3 (E2) 45 30 11 7 12 39 34 +5
6 Chivas USA3 45 30 13 11 6 34 31 +3
7 New England Revolution3 42 30 11 10 9 33 37 −4
8 Real Salt Lake2 40 30 11 12 7 43 35 +8
9 Colorado Rapids 40 30 10 10 10 42 38 +4
10 D.C. United 40 30 9 8 13 43 44 −1
11 FC Dallas 39 30 11 13 6 50 47 +4
12 Toronto FC1 39 30 10 11 9 37 46 −9
13 Kansas City Wizards 33 30 8 13 9 33 42 −9
14 San Jose Earthquakes 30 30 7 14 9 36 50 −14
15 New York Red Bulls 21 30 5 19 6 27 47 −20
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup, 2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League2
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2010 U.S. Open Cup
2009 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team. If they qualify for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified will be given a berth. Similarly, they cannot qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League through MLS. Rather, they can qualify through the Canadian Soccer Championship. If they qualify for the Champions League through MLS, then the highest placed team not already qualified will qualify.
  • ^Note 3 - SuperLiga 2010 berths are awarded to the top 4 finishing teams from MLS who do not qualify for Champions League (Houston, Chicago, Chivas USA, and New England).

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 45 11 7 12 39 34 +5 5 4 6 16 17 −1 6 3 6 23 17 +6

Last updated: October 22, 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 A H A H A H H A A A H H A A H H A H A A H H H A H H A A H
Result W T W T T T T T W W W L L L W T W T W L W L W L T T T L T W

Last updated: October 22, 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]

MLS playoffs[edit]

SuperLiga 2009[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Major League Soccer - Attendance - 2009". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chicago Fire Roster". Chicago-Fire.com. Retrieved July 17, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Dream comes true for Husidic". MLSnet.com. January 15, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ward, Fire hope to help each other". MLSnet.com. March 20, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Chicago Fire sign goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra". Chicago Fire Communications Department. April 6, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Gutierrez cherishes MLS memories". MLSnet.com. October 26, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Weekly Notes: Roster changes". Chicago Fire Communications Department. December 2, 2008. Retrieved July 20, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Chicago Fire waive goalkeeper Nick Noble". Chicago Fire Communications Department. June 26, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ http://chicago.fire.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20090826&content_id=6629654&vkey=news_chf&fext=.jsp&team=t100 Chicago Fire Communications Department 8/26/09

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