Fire: Magee to miss New England match; Doody recalled from STLFC


Fire: Magee to miss New England match; Doody recalled from STLFC

The standing-room-only crowd of 20,124 on hand to witness the Fire's 3-2 defeat to Orlando City SC last Saturday, treated to another pulsating MLS fixture, also welcomed the sight of Chicago native Mike Magee for the first time since August 16, 2014.

After entering the match in the 83rd minute for Matt Polster, the 2013 MVP's substitute appearance - as foretold by head coach Frank Yallop in the days building up to the match - helped tick off another crucial step in his path toward a full recovery from hip surgery.

Magee resumed another week of full training ahead of the Men in Red's Eastern Conference battle against the New England Revolution, scoring the lone goal in an 11v11 scrimmage Thursday morning. His left-footed curler from the edge of the area eluded the reach of 'keeper Jon Busch, but the forward departed training soon after with a slight tweak in his hamstring.  

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"It's up to him to start getting the confidence back and start playing," Yallop said. "He doesn't lack confidence once he's fit. He knows he's a good player and a good finisher. He's all of the things that you should be. But being out nine or so months is never easy for anybody, especially a player that's dynamic and wants to help the team. He'll be fine once he gets his rhythm. I'm sure it's coming soon but it's been a while."

Before setting off for the second-to-last fixture in a stretch of seven consecutive against conference opponents, the Fire technical and training staff re-evaluated Magee Friday morning and confirmed he would not travel with the team to face Jay Heaps' side on Saturday.

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As a result - and in order to compile a full, 18-man roster to make up for the additional absences of Shaun Maloney, David Accam and Joevin Jones - the club announced loanee Patrick Doody would return from USL affiliate Saint Louis FC after accumulating seven starts in eight appearances.   

Doody, a Naperville native, became the Fire's sixth Homegrown player on December 22, 2014. A Fire Academy and PDL product, the 23-year-old was loaned on March 20, 2015 and was deployed primarily as a left back for Dale Schilly's outfit.

Cup-tied with Saint Louis, he will meet up with them in advance of their fourth round U.S. Open Cup game at Sporting Kansas City on June 16.  

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?


Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon


Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.