CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB
Stadium: Toyota Park
Manager: Veljko Paunović (21.8.1977)
Paunović was a Serbian attacking midfielder with a rich career as a player. Before becoming a manager, he was playing in Serbia(Partizan), Spain(Marbella, Atletico Madrid, Oviedo, Tenerife, Getafe, Almeria), Germany(Hannover), Russia(Rubin Kazan) and finally in USA(Philadelphia), where he ended his career as a player and started focusing on coaching. One of his most notable achievements is winning the U-20 World Cup with the Serbian youth in 2015. Later that year, on 24.11.2015, after three years managing Serbia’s youth teams, he was appointed head coach of Chicago Fire.
Chicago had another disappointing season, as they finished their 2015 campaign in last place in the league overall and on 10th place in Eastern Conference. Their most notable achievement was reaching the Semi-Finals in the MLS Open Cup.
Top Goalscorer: David Accam – 10 goals
Most Assists: Michael Stephens – 3 assists
Chicago had an amazing pre-season so far, they won against Philladelphia Union (4-2), Vancouver Whitecaps(3-2), Minnesota United(4-0), University of South Florida and they managed to drew against University of Portland. Impressive results, if take into the consideration that the squad was made mostly of trialists.
Transfer Market Activity
Nick LaBrocca from Colorado Rapids – Free
Michael Harrington from Colorado Rapids – Free
Joao Meira from Belenenses – Free
Patrick McLain from Sacramento Republic FC – Free
Johan Kappelhof from FC Groningen – Targeted Allocation Money from MLS
Jonathan Campbell – SuperDraft(University of North Carolina)
Brandon Vincent – SuperDraft(Stanford University)
Joevin Jones to Seattle Sounders
Harry Shipp to Montreal Impact
Patrick Nyarko to D.C. United
Alec Kann to Sporting Kansas City – Free
Adailton to Miami FC – Free
Matt Watson to Carolina Railhawks – Free
Mike Magee to LA Galaxy – Free
Jeff Larentowicz to LA Galaxy – Free
Jon Busch to Indy Eleven – Free
Lovel Palmer to Indy Eleven – Free
Greg Cochrane – Released
Ty Harden – Released
Chris Ritter – Released
Jason Johnson – Released
Review: Pretty decent market activity for Chicago this season. I you ask me, they have done a great deal signing international player Brandon Vincent from SuperDraft and I expect him to be playing right away! Sadly they lost one of their best players,Harry Shipp, to the Montreal Impact.
Although they managed to sign a couple of new players and a new coach, I still expect Chicago to be struggling this season.They had a decent pre-season, but I still expect them to finish somewhere near the bottom in both Eastern Conference and league overall.
Eastern Conference: 10th place
League Overall: 19th place