2011 Chicago Fire season

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Chicago Fire
2011 season
Chairman United States Andrew Hauptman
Manager United States Frank Klopas (interim)
Stadium Toyota Park (capacity: 20,000)
MLS 11th overall (6th in the Eastern Conference)
MLS Playoffs Did not qualify
U.S. Open Cup Runners-up
Carolina Challenge Cup Third place
Brimstone Cup Did not win
Top goalscorer Ghana Dominic Oduro (12)
Highest home attendance Regular season:
20,237 vs Columbus Crew (October 22, 2011)
Other (Friendly):
18,224 vs C.D. Guadalajara (September 14, 2011)
Other venue:
61,308 vs Manchester United at Soldier Field (July 23, 2011)
Lowest home attendance Regular season:
10,362 vs FC Dallas (October 12, 2011)
Other (U.S. Open Cup):
8,909 vs Richmond Kickers (August 30, 2011)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2011 Chicago Fire season was the club's 16th year of existence, as well as their 14th season in Major League Soccer and their 14th consecutive year in the top-flight of American soccer.

Overview[edit]

February[edit]

Squad[edit]

As of September 14, 2011.[1]

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 Conway
3 United States DF Dan Gargan
4 United States DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe (on loan to FC Tampa Bay)
5 United States DF Cory Gibbs
6 United States DF Jalil Anibaba
7 United States MF Mike Banner
8 Ghana FW Dominic Oduro
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Baggio Husidić
10 Argentina MF Sebastián Grazzini
11 United States MF Daniel Paladini
12 United States MF Logan Pause (captain)
13 Costa Rica DF Gonzalo Segares
14 Ghana FW Patrick Nyarko
15 Israel FW Orr Barouch (on loan from Tigres UANL)
16 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa
No. Position Player
17 Mexico MF Pável Pardo
19 United States MF Corben Bone
21 United States MF Michael Videira
23 Croatia DF Josip Mikulić
24 Greece DF Pari Pantazopoulos
25 United States GK Sean Johnson
27 United States MF Victor Pineda
28 United States DF Steven Kinney
29 Colombia FW Cristian Nazarit
30 United States GK Alec Dufty
88 United States FW Gabriel Ferrari
89 Colombia DF Yamith Cuesta
94 United States FW Kellen Gulley
99 Uruguay FW Diego Cháves

Player movement[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 15, 2010 United States Cory Gibbs DF United States New England Revolution Re-Entry Draft [2]
January 11, 2011 United States Daniel Paladini MF United States Carolina RailHawks Free [3]
January 11, 2011 Croatia Josip Mikulić DF Croatia NK Zagreb Undisclosed [3]
January 13, 2011 United States Jalil Anibaba DF United States University of North Carolina SuperDraft, 1st round [4]
January 13, 2011 United States Jon Conway GK Canada Toronto FC Acquired for 3rd round draft pick [5]
February 3, 2011 Uruguay Gastón Puerari FW Uruguay Montevideo Wanderers Undisclosed [6]
February 18, 2011 Uruguay Diego Cháves FW Uruguay Nacional Undisclosed [7]
March 1, 2011 United States Alec Dufty GK United States AC St. Louis Free [8]
March 2, 2011 Croatia Marko Marić MF Greece Skoda Xanthi F.C. Free [9]
March 10, 2011 United States Michael Videira MF United States AC St. Louis Free [10]
March 17, 2011 United States Davis Paul FW United States University of California, Berkeley SuperDraft, 3rd round [11]
March 23, 2011 Colombia Yamith Cuesta DF United States Chivas USA Acquired for a 2012 Supplemental Draft pick [12]
March 23, 2011 Ghana Dominic Oduro FW United States Houston Dynamo Acquired for Calen Carr [13]
March 24, 2011 United States Gabriel Ferrari FW Switzerland FC Wohlen Undisclosed [14]
April 4, 2011 Greece Pari Pantazopoulos DF Greece Zakynthos Free [15]
May 4, 2011 Colombia Cristian Nazarit FW Colombia Independiente Santa Fe Undisclosed [16]
July 13, 2011 Argentina Sebastián Grazzini MF Argentina Club Atlético All Boys Undisclosed [17]
July 26, 2011 Mexico Pável Pardo MF Mexico Club América Undisclosed [18]
July 28, 2011 United States Dan Gargan DF Canada Toronto FC Acquired with a 2012 SuperDraft Round 2 pick for Dasan Robinson [19]
August 11, 2011 United States Kellen Gulley FW United States Chicago Fire Juniors Mississippi Undisclosed; will not be added to first-team roster until 2012 [20]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
October 24, 2010 United States C.J. Brown DF None Retired [21]
October 24, 2010 United States Brian McBride FW None Retired [22]
November 24, 2010 United States Peter Lowry MF United States Portland Timbers Expansion Draft [23]
November 24, 2010 United States John Thorrington MF Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Expansion Draft [23]
November 24, 2010 Netherlands Collins John FW Azerbaijan Gabala FC Released, free transfer [24]
November 24, 2010 Poland Krzysztof Król DF Poland Jagiellonia Białystok Loan expired, returned to parent club [24]
December 31, 2010 Colombia Wilman Conde DF Mexico Atlas Contract expired, free transfer [25]
December 31, 2010 Sweden Fredrik Ljungberg MF Scotland Celtic F.C. Contract expired, free transfer [26]
January 31, 2011 United States Andrew Dykstra GK United States Charleston Battery Released, free transfer [27]
February 9, 2011 El Salvador Deris Umanzor DF El Salvador C.D. Águila Released [28]
March 23, 2011 United States Calen Carr FW United States Houston Dynamo Traded for Dominic Oduro [29]
June 15, 2011 Uruguay Gastón Puerari FW Mexico Atlas Undisclosed [30]
June 29, 2011 United States Davis Paul FW United States Chicago Fire Premier Released, free transfer [31][32]
July 26, 2011 Serbia Bratislav Ristić MF Released [33]
July 28, 2011 United States Dasan Robinson DF Canada Toronto FC Traded for Dan Gargan and a 2012 SuperDraft Round 2 pick [34]
September 14, 2011 Croatia Marko Marić MF Waived [35]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned From Fee/Notes Ref
March 10, 2011 Israel Orr Barouch FW Mexico Tigres UANL One year loan [10][36]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
June 2, 2011 United States Kwame Watson-Siriboe DF United States FC Tampa Bay Through the end of 2011 season [37]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3
5 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10
6 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
7 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 44 41 +3
8 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8
9 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1
10 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
11 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
12 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
13 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
14 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
15 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
16 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
17 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20

Updated to matches played on October 22, 2011 (NER v TFC). Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
(W1) = Western Conference champion


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
34 43 9 9 16 46 45 +1 6 3 8 24 19 +5 3 6 8 22 26 −4

Last updated: October 23, 2011
Source: MLSSoccer.com Standings
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

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 31 32 33 34
Ground A H A A H H A H A A H H A A A H H A A H H A A H H H A H H A A H A H
Result T W L L L T T T T L T T T W T T T T L L T L T T W W L W W W T L W W
Position 9 4 9 14 17 16 16 14 16 17 16 17 17 15 15 15 15 15 15 16 16 16 16 15 15 14 15 14 13 13 13 13 12 11

Last updated: October 23, 2011.
Source: MLS Results and Overall Positions by Round
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Pre-season[edit]

Kickoff times are in CST.

Carolina Challenge Cup[edit]

Kickoff times are in CST.

Major League Soccer[edit]

Kickoff times are in CST.

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Kickoff times are in CST.

International friendlies[edit]

Kickoff times are in CST.

Recognition[edit]

Kits[edit]

Home
Away
Away Special
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info
Home Red / White lettering Red Red
Away White / Navy lettering White White
Away Special White / Green lettering White Light green MLS, April 23 against Houston

Leading scorers[edit]

Rank Scorer Goals Assists
1 Ghana Dominic Oduro 12 2
2 Guatemala Marco Pappa 8 2
3 Uruguay Diego Cháves 6 1
4 Argentina Sebastián Grazzini 5 4
5 United States Cory Gibbs 3 1
6 Israel Orr Barouch 2 2
7 United States Jalil Anibaba 2 1
8 Colombia Cristian Nazarit 2 0
9 Ghana Patrick Nyarko 1 9
10 Mexico Pável Pardo 1 5
11 Uruguay Gastón Puerari 1 2
12 United States Dan Gargan 1 0
13 Costa Rica Gonzalo Segares 0 5
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina Baggio Husidic 0 2
15 United States Corben Bone 0 1
United States Daniel Paladini 0 1
United States Michael Videira 0 1

Last updated on October 23, 2011. Source: MLSsoccer.com Statistics - 2011 Chicago Fire

MLS Team of the Week[edit]

Week Player Position Report
6 Croatia Josip Mikulić DF Report
Uruguay Diego Cháves FW
10 Ghana Dominic Oduro MF Report
12 United States Daniel Paladini MF Report
13 Colombia Yamith Cuesta DF Report
United States Frank Klopas Coach
16 Ghana Dominic Oduro FW Report
17 Ghana Patrick Nyarko MF Report
24 Argentina Sebastián Grazzini MF Report
Ghana Patrick Nyarko MF
Ghana Dominic Oduro FW
29 Guatemala Marco Pappa MF Report
31 Costa Rica Gonzalo Segares DF Report
32 United States Jalil Anibaba DF Report

MLS Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player Week's Statline
29 Guatemala Marco Pappa 3G (9', 36', 75')
32 United States Jalil Anibaba 2G

MLS All-Stars 2011[edit]

Position Player Note
No Fire players were selected to the 2011 All-Star Team

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Chicago is in the #5 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. Chicago traded allocation ranking positions with Seattle Sounders FC on August 26, 2011, with Seattle gaining the #4 position and Chicago receiving the #6 position.[38][39]

International roster spots[edit]

Chicago has 8 international roster spots. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots, which can be traded. There have been no reported trades involving Chicago international roster spots for the 2011 season. There is no limit on the number of international slots on each club’s roster. The remaining roster slots must belong to domestic players. For clubs based in the United States, a domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).[39]

Future draft pick trades[edit]

MLS rights to other players[edit]

It is believed Chicago maintains the MLS rights to Carlos Bocanegra, Wilman Conde, Fredrik Ljungberg, and Chris Rolfe as each of these players declined contract offers by the club and signed overseas on free transfers.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago Fire Roster". Chicago-Fire.com. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Chicago Fire Select Defender Cory Gibbs in MLS Re-Entry Draft - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
  3. ^ a b Paladini, Mikulic sign | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  4. ^ Fire select Jalil Anibaba | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  5. ^ Chicago Fire Select Three Players and Acquire Veteran Goalkeeper Jon Conway in 2011 MLS SuperDraft - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
  6. ^ Fire sign Gaston Puerari | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  7. ^ Fire sign Diego Cháves | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  8. ^ Fire sign Alec Dufty | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  9. ^ Fire Sign Marko Marić | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  10. ^ a b Fire Ink Two Trialists | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  11. ^ Fire Sign Davis Paul | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  12. ^ Fire acquire Yamith Cuesta | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  13. ^ Fire Trade Calen Carr | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  14. ^ Fire Sign Gabriel Ferrari | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  15. ^ Fire Sign Pari Pantazopoulos | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  16. ^ Fire Sign Cristian Nazarit | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  17. ^ Fire sign Sebastián Grazzini | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  18. ^ Fire sign Pável Pardo | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  19. ^ Fire trade Dasan Robinson for Dan Gargan | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  20. ^ Fire sign Kellen Gulley | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  21. ^ CJ Brown To Retire | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  22. ^ McBride to retire | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  23. ^ a b Lowry, Thorrington Drafted | Chicago Fire Soccer Club Archived 28 November 2010 at WebCite
  24. ^ a b John, Krol Released | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  25. ^ Fire loses All-Star Conde as ’11 season takes shape
  26. ^ Ljungberg Joins Celtic | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  27. ^ Fire Release Andrew Dykstra | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  28. ^ Fire Part Ways With Deris Umanzor | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  31. ^ Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  32. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/scripts/runisa.dll?M2:gp::72011+Elements/Display+E+47116+News/Display/+22315+33769304+7395
  33. ^ [2]
  34. ^ Fire trade Dasan Robinson for Dan Gargan| Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  35. ^ [3]
  36. ^ Barouch excited about chance with Chicago | Major League Soccer
  37. ^ Chicago Fire Soccer Club
  38. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4283531
  39. ^ a b 2011 MLS Roster Rules | Major League Soccer
  40. ^ "Fire Acquire Yamith Cuesta" (Press release). Chicago Fire Communications. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-23.