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Season 3 Episode 22: Mascot Fights
Ruben and RJ are back to talk about them Fires. In today's episode. they speak to the Fire's 3-1 loss to Toronto FC, but end up feeling positive about the whole thing. Then they jump off to begin to explore who should be on the team for next year, and who will need to find a roster spot elsewhere. Then they discuss the official adoption of the brand new team crest and explore the new items in the shop. Then finally they spend too much time talking about the diamond chain and of course, Mascot Wrestling. 
41:29
October 5, 2021
Season 3 Episode 21: Roster Rules
Ruben and RJ are back with another big picture episode. Ruben makes the case on why Georg Heitz and Raphael Wicky should come back next season after they use the last week of results to talk about the Fire's current roster problems. Then they talk about how to fix it and go through and look at who most likely is and isn't coming back next year. All that and more on this week's episode of the Hot Cast.
43:17
September 28, 2021
Season 3 Episode 20: Big Picture
On today’s episode of the Hot Cast, Ruben and RJ forgo a real discussion on the losses to DC and Montreal to focus on the macro view of the club. They start by discussing the absences of Ignacio Aliseda and Gaston Gimenez and what they mean for the squad going forward. Then they talk about the interview Fire general manager Georg Heitz gave to Tyler Terens that aired at halftime of the Montreal match and was put on Youtube. All of that and a farewell to Carli Lloyd on this week’s Hot Cast.
34:10
September 21, 2021
Season 3 Episode 19: All Business
On today’s episode of the show, Ruben and RJ find a window to record during a short week around family obligations to talk about the Chicago Fire’s loss to Sporting Kansas City. They opine on Fredrico Navarro’s debut and how it changed everything and talk about Raphael Wickey getting it wrong in the first half. Then they look at the defense and how a back four looks without their captain and what they can do going forward for the rest of the season and beyond. It’s all business on this compact edition of the Hot Cast.
26:41
September 14, 2021
Season 3 Episode 18: Past and Future
Ruben and RJ are back to discuss the win against the Red Bulls and what the Fire did right in order to secure their first road win in nearly two seasons. They also go in-depth on what Frederico Navarro will bring to the team, and how it could potentially change what the Fire do on a tactical level. Then they talk a bit about the upcoming vacation and whether or not they'll be watching any of the World Cup qualifiers. All that plus opinions on Rikishi and early 2000's WWF?? on this week's Hot Cast. 
42:21
September 1, 2021
Season 3 Episode 17: Florida Failures
Ruben and RJ are back this week to discuss the last week in Chicago Fire land. They go over the two losses to Miami and Orlando, talk about the new sister club, the Swiss FC Lugano and what it could mean for the Fire, and discuss the shortcomings of the Fire in the most recent transfer market. All that and more on this week's Hot Cast. 
37:10
August 24, 2021
Season 3 Episode 16: Welcome Alex Campbell
On today's show, Ruben and RJ are joined by Hot Time Chicago Red Stars editor and occasional Fire contributor Alex Campbell joins the show to talk all things Chicago soccer. We start with the Fire's win over Columbus and from there, they discuss the implications going forward for the squad. Then they discuss Elliot Collier and his role on the team and try to figure out how and why he keeps getting minutes. They then switch gears and discuss all things Red Stars, including whatever is happening in Louisville this week, and why they're having problems putting the ball in the back of the net. There's all that and a lot more on this week's episode of The Hot Cast.  
59:24
August 17, 2021
Season 3 Episode 15: It Was a Good Week
Ruben and RJ are back this week and talking about the Fire's 4 point week. They break down what went right against the New York teams, and then discuss how the club can still improve. They specifically bring up Luka Stojanovic and the unique (good) problems he poses in the Fire lineup. They then transition to talking about next year and whether or not the current performances are predictive of next season. Also, another RJ Soldier Field Food Review and more on this week's Hot Cast.
34:07
August 10, 2021
The Hot Cast: Coffee and Contact
On this week’s episode of The Hot Cast, Ruben and RJ talk about the Chicago Fire’s performance against the Philadelphia Union, and to the surprise of no one, they heap praise on everyone except the referee, including positive thoughts on Francisco Calvo, to whom they give credit where it’s due. Then they talk about some news and notes from the weekend and preview the game against NYCFC tomorrow. Plus RJ reviews a canned coffee classic. All that and more on this week’s Hot Cast.
41:00
August 3, 2021
Season 3 Episdode 13: Klopas Crisis
On this week's show, Ruben and RJ talk about the loss to Toronto and why they feel good about it. They also talk about Frank Klopas' managerial skill and bring up a 2015 twitter thread by ex Fire player Hunter Jumper about how it went when Frank Klopas was in charge the first time around. RJ also reviews the Soldier Field tacos and rediscovers the Chicago Fire MySpace page! All that and more on this week's Hot Cast.  (The LWOS article) https://lastwordonsports.com/2015/09/14/ex-player-slams-chicago-fire-twitter/ (The tweet log) https://www.chicagonow.com/fire-confidential/2015/09/former-player-hunter-jumper-unloads-on-organization/
32:40
July 27, 2021
Season 3 Episode 12: Another One
On this week's show, Ruben and RJ talk about the win at Orlando and discuss the good and bad of the performance. They discuss Robert Beric's goal and whether or not it made up for his poor play in the First half, check their hype levels on if the team has turned the corner or not, and discuss the lack of depth for the upcoming schedule. They also go a little off-topic, discussing the Euro and Copa America finals and last night's Home Run Derby. All that, plus RJ baits Ruben into making a terrible analogy on this week's Hot Cast.
25:05
July 13, 2021
Season 3 Episode 11: Victory
Ruben and RJ are back after a week off with an in-depth breakdown of the Chicago Fire's win over Atlanta United while comparing that performance with the previous two games against Philadelphia Union and FC Cincinnati. They also talk about how the Fire can continue this good run of form and what to do when their Captian and third designated player return from international duty. After that, they talk a bit on the news around MLS and discuss Arlo Wite's 4 games in front of the mic. All that and RJ's review of the Soldier Field Chicken Tenders on this week's Hot Cast. 
47:30
July 6, 2021
Season 3 Episode 10: Something's Got To Give
Ruben and RJ are back from the three-week break to review a busy week in Chicago Fire Soccer. They start the show with a breakdown of what went wrong against Columbus and from there, they talk about what's going wrong in the big picture and what they have to do to fix it and salvage the season. Then, they opine on the new logo and anticipate the return of the red shirts in 2024. After that, they talk about the return to the club of fan-favorite Patrick Nyarko as a coach of the U-19 Academy club. 
35:52
June 22, 2021
Season 3 Episode 9: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Today on the show, Ruben and RJ lament the small tragedy that was the 1-0 loss against Montreal.  They talk about the ineffectiveness of the striker and center back positions as well as praise the good things, such as the return of NAcho Aliseda to the lineup and the general positive play of the midfield. After that, they moved to touch on a wide variety of topics, including Euro 2021 and the CONCACAF Nations League. All that plususual tangents on this week's Hot Cast. 
40:26
June 1, 2021
Season 3 Episode 7: The One That Didn't Publish.
This is the episode that was supposed to go out last week but didn't publish properly for some reason. I'm posting it for posterity. Go ahead and listen if you want. There's a really good rant about the state of the coaching staff on here, as well as more talk about the failures of the defense against DC United. Enjoy it if you want. 
33:60
May 25, 2021
Season 3 Episode 8: The Big W
Ruben and RJ are back this week and are a bit more serious than usual. They break down how the Fire's tactical change worked and whether or not it will work against everyone else, or if it was a one-shot success story. Then they talk a bit about next week's game against Montreal and the Fire's chances. All that plus only one off-topic tangent on this week's episode of The Hot Cast.
37:00
May 25, 2021
Season 3 Episode 6: Rock Bottom
This week, Ruben and RJ discuss the larger problems with the Fire-- including whether or not Raphael Wicky is the right man for the job at this moment in time and once again lamenting the play and communication skills of Francisco Calvo. They use that as a jumping-off point to discuss the seemingly inevitable entrance of David Luiz this summer and what effect that could have on the squad. That and much more on this week's episode of The Hot Cast.
36:30
May 6, 2021
Season 3 Episode 5: Communication Issues
Ruben and RJ are once again here to talk about the Fire. They go over what went wrong in Atlanta including a discussion over the mistakes in the offseason coming home to roost, as well as the issues the defense has with talking to each other. Then they talk about the upcoming game against the last-place New York Red Bulls and whether or not the Fire have a shot at getting their first W of the season. All that and more on this surprisingly on-topic edition of the Hot Cast.
35:59
April 27, 2021
Season 3: Episode 4: There Are No Heroes
On this week’s episode of The Hot Cast, Ruben and RJ talk about the Fire’s 2-2 draw with the Revs, including praise for the performances of the debuting Chinoso Offor (and almost debuting) Luka Stojanovic, and they discuss the problems with the defense and find themselves at a loss for words. Then they try to talk about the Red Stars and Ruben ends up defending the Gotham FC rebrand. And of course, It wouldn’t be a soccer podcast this week if they didn’t talk about the mess that is the European Super League.
55:40
April 21, 2021
Season 3 Episode 3: The 2021 Preview
On the inaugural episode of The Hot Cast Ruben and RJ preview the Fire season by going through each position group and discuss them in-depth. They then go through the first 2 months of the schedule and try to figure out where they'll be in the standings on June first. Hint: RJ is optimistic. Ruben is not. All that and more on the podcast formerly known as The North Lot. 
44:46
April 13, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2: Preseason Check In
On this week’s episode, Ruben and RJ check in on training camp after the Fire’s first three preseason games and discuss what they’re impressed with and what needs to be improved before the start of the season. Then, they try to answer the big question “Where are the goals going to come from?”— Especially if Robert Beric has a slow start to the season. They then talk about the USMYNT Olympic failure for a bit, as well as Bobby Wood’s arrival in MLS— and if the Fire not trying to sign him was a mistake. All that and some extras on this edition of the North Lot Podcast.
45:10
April 2, 2021
Season 3 Episode 1: We're Back!
Ruben and RJ are back for 2021 and they've brought on a special guest. Hot Time In Old Town Suprimo Patrick McCraney joins the pot to talk about all things Fire offseason. They start with everything around the re-rebrand-- The logo, the kits, and the general feeling surrounding the club. Then they move on to talk about the roster itself. They muse about the new signings coming into the season and whether or not not bringing in a big name will hurt them in the long run. Then they talk a bit about how to maximize their success and who needs to step up and have a big year for them to make the playoffs. All that and more on the season premiere of The North Lot. 
55:35
March 9, 2021
Season 2 Episode 17: The End
On the last episode of the season, Ruben and RJ discuss what went wrong on Sunday against New York. Then they chat about the big picture and what happened over the course of the season. They also talk about how the team can improve going into next year and a bit about who should stay and who should go. Also, Gunnersaurus is back! All that and a bit more on the season finale of the North Lot Podcast
41:26
November 10, 2020
Seaspn 2 Episode 16: Down to the Wire
On today's show, the boys debrief the games against Nashville and Philidelphia and try to reconcile the dropped points in the context of the playoff push. They also get just as confused by the Points Per Game standings as you would expect. Then they talk about the upcoming games against Minnesota and NYCFC to end the season- including the Loons COVID-19 situation. Also: RJ makes Arsenal fan Ruben defend Tottenham Hotspur. 
34:25
November 4, 2020
Season 2 Episdode 15: The Frankowski Conundrum
On this week’s episode, Ruben and RJ go over the unlucky conclusion to the match against the New York Red Bulls. They also talk about what’s going on with Przemysław Frankowski and why he’s been so poor. They also look forward to the next two games against the Philidelphia Union and Nashville FC and discuss how they can make the playoffs. Then they end the show talking a bit about the EPL table. Note: Due to next Tuesday being Election Day in the United States,  the next episode of the North Lot Podcast will be Wednesday, November Third. Go Vote if you haven’t.
31:32
October 27, 2020
Season 2 Episode 14: Kansas City Hey, Hey, Hey.
In this week’s episode, Ruben and RJ Go over the draw against KC and try to decide whether or not they’re happy with the result. Then they talk about the news that came out over Monday, including the state of the center back position and the rescheduling of the Minnesota United match. Finally, they end the show with talk about the Supporter’s Shield mess.
33:43
October 20, 2020
Season 2 Episode 13: Beans on Toast
Ruben and RJ are back to analyze the Fire's win over DC. They spend a lot of time talking about the defense and how they looked without Calvo and evaluating Wyatt Omsberg's performance. They also talk a bit about the proposed changes to the English football pyramid, and Ruben starts the ending prematurely. 
34:24
October 13, 2020
Season 2 Episode 12: Pour One Out for the Win Streak
Ruben and RJ return for another episode of TNL. They talk about what went wrong against Montreal, mourn the loss of a great friend and confidant, and try and figure out What to do now that Gaston Gimenez and Miguel Navarro are on international duty. Plus, How does Ben Olsen still have a job? 
37:19
October 6, 2020
Season 2 Episode 11: Back to Back
The Boys are back talking about the Fire! Ruben and RJ go deep on the Fire's win against Atlanta and discuss what's going right for once. They also talk about the upcoming run to the end of the season, what to do when Johan Kappelhof gets back, and Ruben has a soccer manga recommendation. All that and much more on this edition of The North Lot podcast.
50:41
September 30, 2020
Season2 Episode 10: Fight Me
Ruben and RJ are back this week to talk about, of course , Penalty Fights! They spend time speculating on the reasons for the breakdown against Orlando City, and also lement the fact that once again, the Fire played well and have nothing to show for it. They also talk about VAR, and why MLS sucks at it. They then end the show with some talk about the rest of the world including Weston McKennie's debut with the Old Lady and how our old friend is doing in Redding. 
38:31
September 22, 2020
Season 2 Episode 9: Breaking Down The Draw.
Ruben and RJ are back to discuss all the things that went both right and wrong against Columbus last weekend. They try to find a solution to the Calvo problem while also praising the offense for finally playing well. Then, they talk a bit about the rest of the league and how tight both mid-table races for the playoffs are.  
46:26
September 15, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8: Literal Fireworks
There were literal fireworks on today's North Lot  Podcast as Ruben and RJ were once again tasked with trying to figure out what's wrong with the Fire. They ask the big question "Is Robert Beric a bust?" They complain about Fransisco Calvo, and Ruben, at least, has something positive to say? Find out what that is on this edition of the North Lot Podcast.
36:40
September 8, 2020
Season 2 Episode 7: Let’s All Go A Bumslaying
Ruben and RJ are back this week talking ‘bout them Fires. They go over what went wrong in Columbus, talk about the two big news stories of the last week (the signing of Carlos Terán and a player testing positive for COVID) and preview tonight’s game against FC Cincinnati. They also talk about the surprising Pizza Puff sponsorship on the broadcast.
39:42
August 25, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6: Incredulous
Ruben and RJ are back this week to talk about the Fire's collapse against Vancouver and what it means for the club. They also opine about what could be causing Djordje Mihailovic's lack of playing time, and sports in the era of COVID-19. 
49:59
July 28, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5: In the Thick of It
Ruben and RJ are back to dive into what went wrong against San Jose, How they'll fare against Vancouver, and Ruben has a word on the Red Stars semifinal. All that and More on this week's North Lot Podcast.
41:34
July 21, 2020
Season 2: Episode 4: Pandemic
Ruben and RJ are back this week to talk about how awful this whole MLS is Back tournament is, both on and off the field. Than they force themselves into previewing the Fire's rematch with Seattle in their group B opener. Also on the show, RJ says the cursed name, and Ruben attempts to delete it from the record. 
44:06
July 13, 2020
The #MLSisBACK Special
Ruben and RJ are (finally) back alongside MLS. They talk about what the heck this tournament format is, express concerns about the tournament going on while Florida is still struggling with the pandemic, and explain that while they are happy to have soccer to watch, it's hard to get too excited about it in the wake of the protests against police brutality and injustice.  Speaking of, if you can, here are some places to donate too to help the fight against racial inequality and social injustice: BLM Chicago: https://www.blacklivesmatterchicago.com/donate/ West Side Justice Center https://www.westsidejustice.org/donate Chicago Bond Fund https://chicagobond.org/donate/ My Block My Hood My City https://www.formyblock.org/ Assata's Daughters https://www.assatasdaughters.org/donate-1
45:48
June 12, 2020
Season 2 Episode 3: The Revolution Will Be Televised
On Today’s episode, Ruben and RJ are back talking about last week’s result in New England, Including Ruben saying he’s tired of talking about Francisco Calvo... than proceeding to talk about Francisco Calvo. We also talk a bit about the homegrown signings, Djordje Mihailovic getting called to the U-23 team, and they make sure they’re never credentialed for Anime Midwest. All that and more on this week’s The North Lot.
45:15
March 12, 2020
North Lot Podcast Season 2 Episode 2: It's Just Week One
Ruben & RJ are back and pretty positive after the Fire drop the opener in Seattle. They heap praise on the midfield and Wicky and lament the tragedy that is Brandt Bronico playing right back.  Ruben is the one this week that puts the tin-foil hat to address the Fire's Visa issues and #DanielSturridgeTocf97 !!?!?!? All that on more on this week's North Lot Podcast.
40:59
March 3, 2020
The North Lot Season 2 Episode 1: 2020 Season Preview
Ruben and RJ are back, just in time for the start of the season! The boys give their thoughts about the frantic nature of the offseason and go through each position group and talk about who they like and don’t like, and give their predictions for the season. They also talk about Sunday’s match against Seattle and decide how much trouble this team is in this weekend.
54:00
February 26, 2020
The Off-season Special
On our special off-season episode, we Welcome new Hot Time in Old Town EiC Patrick McCraney on the show to give us a heat check on the Fire. We also talk about the Beric signing, as well as layout our concerns over the new direction on the field. Patrick also tells us about himself, and RJ and Ruben explain to him what a weaboo is. All that and more on this special North Lot Podcast.
48:58
January 20, 2020
The North Lot Ep. 29: Carry On My Wayward Son
On the season finale of TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss this week’s big breaking news: the Fire’s official announcement of their return to Soldier Field, and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement. Then they do a big-picture review of the 2019 season before taking a hopeful look at 2020. Finally, Bridget signs off as a TNL panelist and gets ready to bid farewell to Hot Time In Old Town.
01:11:10
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 28: Play! Your! Kids!
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss the 2-2 draw with Toronto last weekend. They talked about Kenneth Kronholm, Francisco Calvo, Djordje Mihailovic, and who may or may not be back in 2020.
41:42
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 27: Playoff Math Interventions
This week on TNL, Ruben and Bridget discuss the Fire’s goalless draw in Cincinnati last week, heap praise on Przemysław Frankowski, game out some possible playoff scenarios, and much more.
44:13
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 26: Optimism? In THIS Economy??
On a special episode of TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget react to Andrew Hauptman’s sale of the team. They dig into the response from fans, media, and former players, and speculate on the future of the club under Joe Mansueto. They also unpack the win over Dallas and preview this weekend’s game against Cincinnati.
44:03
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 25: Cake & Ice Cream
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discussed recent results against New England and Columbus, the pending Soldier Field lease, the Brimstone Cup, and much more.
37:08
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 24: Cursed Merchandise
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss the Fire’s loss to Portland, the win over Philly, what the rest of the season looks like, and much more.
34:56
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 23: This Podcast Kills Fascists
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget talk about the win over Montreal, Kenneth Kronholm: Walking Disaster, the league’s apparent cozying up to fascists, playoff scenarios and more.
50:53
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 22: Feral Hogs, Pyramid Schemes, Broken Dreams
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget talk about the win over Houston, Jonathan Bornstein, front office hires, rumors about the rebrand, and much more.
49:41
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 21: Jockeying For Position
This week on TNL, Ruben and RJ discuss the scoreless draw vs DC, power struggles in the front office, the MLS All-Star Game, and much more.
37:51
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 20: Ancient And Terrible Curses
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss the loss to Philly, the Jonathan Bornstein signing, the leaked Soldier Field announcement, tonight’s Leagues Cup clash with Cruz Azul, and more.
47:35
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 19: Tin Foil Hats
This week on TNL, Ruben and RJ discuss the Mo Adams trade, the loss to Cincy, tomorrow’s clash with That Yellow Team and what the rivalry means to us, and much more.
30:50
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 18: Everything Is (Still) Bad
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss the loss to Sporting Kansas City, the ongoing Fullback Problem, travel problems, and much more.
34:52
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 17: We’re All Dying
This week on TNL, Ruben, RJ, and Bridget discuss the Fire’s loss to RBNY, players out of position, Pauno’s job security, international tournament soccer, and more.
42:48
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 16: The Fire Will (Not) Win
This week on TNL, Ruben and RJ talk about the draw with RSL, potential summer transfer targets, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and more.
36:49
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 15: Almost... Too Quiet
This week on TNL, Ruben and RJ pointedly try not to talk about the Open Cup, how quiet it’s been in CF97-land, and reflect on some favorite soccer memories.
36:38
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 14: We Want The Cup
This week on TNL, Ruben and RJ discuss the first half of the season, look ahead to tonight’s US Open Cup clash with Saint Louis FC, and chat about soccer-related happenings at E3.
37:49
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 13: Things Left Unfinished
This week on TNL, RJ rejoins Ruben and Bridget to unpack the loss to Atlanta United, discuss the Fire’s finishing problems, and look ahead to the start of the Open Cup campaign.
42:52
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 12: More Like BroniNO TBH
This week on TNL, Ruben and Bridget discuss the draw vs NYCFC, Brandt Bronico, the new and improved SuperLiga, and preview tonight’s game vs DC United.
33:55
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 11: Deep Cleansing Breaths
This week on TNL, Ruben and Bridget discuss the loss to San Jose, Fire players in the Gold Cup, and how to increase attendance figures.
43:00
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 10: Streaking
This week on The North Lot, Ruben and Bridget discuss the wins over New England and Minnesota, as well as the reported move back to Soldier Field.
43:15
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 9: Cat Farts
This week on The North Lot, Ruben and Bridget unpack the Fire’s three game road trip, argue about the draw with LAFC, discuss the Francisco Calvo signing, and more.
30:37
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 8: Baseball Fields, And Other Small Tragedies
This week on The North Lot, Ruben, Bridget, and RJ break down the Fire’s win over Colorado, preview this week’s games with NYCFC & Montreal, and answer your questions.
38:05
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 7: Ruben’s Secret Shame
This week on TNL, Ruben and Bridget grouse about the 1-1 draw with Vancouver, unpack the Fire’s problems with shooting, discuss Nico Gaitán’s debut, and look ahead to the Fire/Red Stars doubleheader on Saturday.
33:20
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 6: Ice Cream Social Disaster Planning
This week on TNL, Ruben, Bridget, and RJ break down the 2-2 draw with Toronto, discuss how the defense is shaping up, and look ahead to Friday’s game against Vancouver.
31:18
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 5: The Mo Adams Appreciators Have Logged On
This week on TNL, Ruben, Bridget, and RJ take a victory lap in the wake of the Fire’s 1-0 win over RBNY. They praise Mo Adams’ performance, discuss Gaitan, Basti, Niko, and more.
44:30
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 4: And Then We All Turned Into Tang
This week on TNL, RJ rejoins Ruben and Bridget to commiserate over the Fire’s loss to Seattle. They discuss the Nikolic rumors, have a difficult talk about Basti, and share plans for the international break. (We also talked about Neon Genesis Evangelion. It got a little weird.)
46:01
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 3: Ups And Downs
This week, Ruben and Bridget discuss the Fire’s 1-1 draw with Orlando in the home opener. They praise CJ Sapong, lament the ongoing fullback problems, look for positives to take away from the game, and answer your questions.
36:28
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 1: Warming Up
It’s the debut episode of The North Lot! Ruben hosts a wide-ranging discussion with RJ and JBG about the upcoming Chicago Fire season. They recap the Carolina Challenge Cup, run down the roster for each position, and try their hands at predicting how the Men In Red, and the rest of MLS, will fare in 2019.
01:06:36
December 23, 2019
The North Lot Ep. 2: An Optimistic Loss
This week on The North Lot, Ruben and Bridget unpack the Fire’s 2-1 season opening loss to the LA Galaxy. They identify key issues with the squad as well as reasons for encouragement. They also take a quick tour of MLS Week 1 and look ahead to the Fire’s home opener next Saturday against Orlando.
28:43
December 23, 2019