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    Awards - 2012 FMCU Poster/UTR/Journeyman, 2013 FMCU Fountain of Youth Career, 2014 FMCU Team/Career

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  1. Rich Stevens Career - Pre-Season - 2024 - Chicago Fire Friendlies A bit of a mixed pre-season in truth, but definitely not a dreadful one. I allowed my assistant to take charge of two games, and we drew them both which is where a little frustration came from, but the games I was in charge of we dominated and looked good in victory. Managed to get a lot of players involved, with some impressing as they make a claim for a first-team berth. Transfers - In Sepp van den Berg - Loan - We managed to extend his loan which is excellent news. Colossal at the back last season, and on a brighter note, his contract expires at Liverpool in June, and he's agreed to join us permanently Bill Neville - Waiver Draft - Allowed to walk by Minnesota which surprised me. Definitely gives us an excellent option in attack Joe Smith - Waiver Draft - An improvement in squad depth at least Transfers - Out A few players leaving the club. After signing all the youth intakes I wanted I sent them straight back to the academy for the season. We moved a few players on permanently too who weren't at the level I want them to be.
  2. Rich Stevens Career - Season Preview - 2024 - Chicago Fire Board Expectations: MLS: Reach Conference Final CONCACAF Champions League: Reach Quarter-Final US Open Cup: Reach Semi-Final My Expectations: MLS: Well this board don't do any messing around with their expectancies. I don't think we'll make it that far. I'm aiming to at least be in the Play-Offs CONCACAF Champions League: We only have to win the game against Olimpia to reach the Quarter-Final, so that I'm confident of. As long as we do that I'll be happy US Open Cup: A bit of a meh tournament for me. I'll use it once again to rotate the squad and what happens, happens Budgets: Transfer: £735,533 Wage: £194,016 p/w (currently spending £124,585 p/w) - although we're only allowed to allocate £63,00 as a squad salary for the MLS. This league confuses me Balance: £5,968,158 (+£10,609,440 since last season)
  3. 2024 MLS Superdraft Round 2-4 Our Remaining Picks Round 3 - 56th Overall Pick - Kevin May, winger, St. Louis Lions Round 4 - 78th Overall Pick - Sam Acosta, defender, Albuquerque Sol Round 4 - 104th Overall Pick, Abdelmalek Mezriche, winger, Ventura County
  4. 2024 MLS Superdraft --------------------------------- 1) With the first pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Columbus Crew select, Jack Walker, goalkeeper, AC Connecticut 2) With the second pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Chicago Fire select, Daltyn Heath, winger, Mississippi Brilla 3) With the third pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Vancouver Whitecaps select, Chris Pitman, winger, Lehigh Valley 4) New England Revolution have traded the fourth to Real Salt Lake, and with the fourth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Real Salt Lake select, Stephen Price, midfielder, Westchester Flames 5) Columbus Crew have traded the fifth pick to Atlanta United, and with the fifth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Atlanta United select, Vahid Afand, midfielder, Des Moines Menace 6) Portland Timbers have traded the sixth pick to LA Galaxy, and with the sixth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, LA Galaxy select, Matt Jones, midfielder, Boston Bolts 7) With the seventh pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, New England Revolution select, Glyn Perez, midfielder, Dayton Dutch Lions 8) With the eighth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Chicago Fire select, Alan Moore, midfielder, Ogden City 9) With the ninth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Real Salt Lake select, Chris James, striker, Portland U-23's 10) With the tenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Michael Mangione, goalkeeper, Dalton Red Wolves 11) With the eleventh pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Montreal Impact select, Joe Valenzuela, goalkeeper, Dalton Red Wolves 12) With the twelfth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, New England Revolution select, Scott MacGregor, defender, St. Louis Lions 13) With the thirteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Inter Miami select, Robert Sutton, striker, Des Moines Menace 14) With the fourteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Inter Miami select, Cesar Gonzalez, midfielder, Santa Cruz Breakers 15) Minnesota United have traded the fifteenth pick to FC Dallas, and with the fifteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, FC Dallas select, Bob Sheehan, midfielder, Ventura County 16) With the sixteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Oscar Leal, winger, Thunder Bay Chill 17) With the seventeenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Colorado Rapids select, Justin Cannon, midfielder, Seacoast United Phantoms 18) With the eighteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Columbus Crew select, Ben Thomas, defender, Kaw Valley 19) With the nineteenth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Huseyin Gunduz, midfielder, Black Rock 20) With the twentieth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Orlando City select, Jose Luis Garza, goalkeeper, Lionsbridge FC 21) With the twenty first pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Nils Camy, Western Mass Pioneers 22) With the twenty second pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Columbus Crew select Mack Gibson, striker, SC United Bantams 23) With the twenty third pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Henry Espinoza, midfielder, Cincinnati Dutch Lions 24) With the twenty fourth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Minnesota United select, Stefano Islas, striker, Oklahoma City 25) With the twenty fifth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Real Salt Lake select, Brett Escamilla, midfielder, Boston Bolts 26) With the twenty sixth pick in the 2024 MLS Superdraft, Chicago Fire select, Ethan Zimmerman, striker, The Villages
  5. The draw for the CONCACAF Champions League has also been made, with the first round giving us a decent draw against Honduran champions Olimpia
  6. The latest crop of youngsters. Not a bad bunch actually. We'll sign everyone who has a two and a half *+ potential, and due to the way the MLS works, we'll loan them straight back to the academy for the season. Chris Chia-Allen Kenneth King Alex Carey Ryan Gardner Greg Dobrowolski Michael Sessengnon Michael LaRoche
  7. Former Club Watch Santa Cruz FC ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Season | Country | Division | League Position | Notes | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2021 | Brazil | Serie B | 19th | Relegated, Pernambuco State RU | | 2022 | Brazil | Serie C - Group A | 1st - Champions | Promoted, Pernambuco State RU | | 2023 | Brazil | Serie B | 8th | - | A brilliant season back at this level for them. Their challenge was to stay away from relegation and they did just that. Club Deportivo Palestino ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Season | Country | Division | League Position | Notes | ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2023 | Chile | Nac. Scotiabank | 13th | Copa Chile Runners-Up | A terrible, terrible season for them! After back-to-back seasons under me finishing second, they had to rely on a final day win to avoid relegation. A poor effort in the Copa Libertadores saw them exit at the group stage, with the only bright spot being their run in the Copa Chile.
  8. Rich Stevens Career - Season Review - 2023 - Chicago Fire MLS - MLS Cup Results 1 - Results 2 Competition Performance: Champions Our first season and we're champions! Unbelievable season. We were solid throughout pretty much the whole season, losing just five games. We always occupied a Play-Off spot and never looked in trouble of falling out of them but always looked like we were too far off top spot, especially being the draw specialists that we were. Results seemed to come together from us and our closest rivals though late on and we managed to top the conference on the final day. We were excellent in the MLS Cup as fought our way to the Final with home field advantage, and then won the whole thing with a comprehensive win over Sporting Kansas City. US Open Cup Competition Performance: Knocked out in Semi-Finals We had a good run in the competition with fringe players really stepping up. The board wanted us to reach the Quarter-Final and we went one better, but I was disappointed to fall at the final hurdle before the final. Squad The squad was excellent. They really outperformed what was expected of them. We have some fantastic players here, but the depth behind what I consider my first eleven is a little questionable. Finances - Transfers The finances are looking really good considering where they were at the start of the season. We were nearly £5m in the red, so to see us in the black is really nice. A lot of transfers, but mainly due to the draft. We didn't actually sign a lot of players, but moved a few out of the club thanks to trades. The one big-money transfer helped our finances out. My Top 3 Players Alvaro Medran - The man who pulled all the strings in the middle of the park. We were much worse off without him Sepp van den Berg - An inspired loan signing! He was outstanding and obvious first-choice centre half. He was the standout performer at the back Austin Camacho - We brought him in during the draft, and it took him a while to get going, but once he got that first goal he was off. Turned out to be our top scorer despite not scoring until June. Brilliant player! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Season | Team | Country | Division | League Position | Notes | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2019 | Santa Cruz FC | Brazil | Serie C | 5th | Joined in June, Copa Do Nordeste Winners | | 2020 | Santa Cruz FC | Brazil | Serie C | 1st - Champions | Permanbuco State Runners-Up | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2021 | Palestino | Chile | Nac. Scotiabank | 2nd | Copa Lib. Qualification | | 2022 | Palestino | Chile | Nac. Scotiabank | 2nd | Copa Lib. Qualification, Sudamericana SF | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | 2023 | Chicago Fire | USA | MLS | 1st | MLS Cup, Eastern Conf., Supp. Shield Winners | Next Season Well we couldn't have asked for a better first season, so topping it is going to be incredibly tough. We should have the CONCACAF Champions League to deal with now too so we have to compete on extra fronts, so that should be fun. We've also signed a new contract, which will keep us at the club for an extra year.
  9. Final The Match Fantastic, fantastic work! Absolutely stunning from the players as we end the season as Champions! We got off to a stunning start, taking the lead in the third minute and that settled us much quicker than our opponents. Kansas City started to come into the game and ended the first half the stronger side but didn't trouble us too much as we went in at the break a goal up. The second half was fairly end-to-end and Kansas City had some very good chances to level things up. We weathered a bit of a storm but a defensive mistake from our opponents allowed Austin Camacho to double our lead and put us in a commanding position with little time remaining. A late penalty was added as we sealed the victory.
  10. Western Conference - Eastern Conference First Round Semi-Final Final Unbelievable work to make the MLC Cup Final. Winners of the Eastern Conference overall, what a superb season by the players so far. Not since 2003 has the club appeared in an MLS Cup Final. We now play Sporting Kansas City at home to be crowned champions.
  11. So when we won our penultimate game of the season at Cincinnati, we set a new record for points tally. Then victory on the final day not only saw us add to our points haul, top the Eastern Conference, but also win the Supporters Shield too as we head into the Play-Offs as the number 1 seed.
  12. Rich Stevens Career - September & October 2023 - Chicago Fire MLS Eastern Conference It felt like a massively up and down month, but the end results show.... We started with a fairly straight-forward win over NYCFC, where, despite falling behind we were fantastic. Two goals either side of half-time saw us overturn a one-goal deficit to win the game. A disappointing defeat against Atlanta followed, before we turned back to winning ways against Montreal. A really disappointing defeat to Dallas followed before we finished our season on track. A brilliant first half performance against Inter Miami saw us two goals up at the half....and despite a shocking second half display we held on for the win. A fairly comprehensive win away to Cincinnati followed before a poor performance gave us three points at home to Columbus Crew on the final day to win the Eastern Conference.
  13. Rich Stevens Career - July & August 2023 - Chicago Fire MLS Eastern Conference A busy set of fixtures, especially in July as defence went completely out of the window! A quite incredible game kicked the month off against New England Revolution, as we flew out the traps and after 33 minutes found ourselves three goals up. Somehow though, we went in level at the break as we completely switched off. Despite taking the lead again in the second half we were pegged back, but in the final ten minutes we scored a fifth and managed to hang on this time for all three points. The next two games were more of the same! Flying out the traps in both games we found ourselves two, and three goals ahead in each game. What was worse is that we went in at the break 2-0 up, and 3-0 up. Whether it be complacency, concentration, or both, we were shocking after the break and I found myself being extremely frustrated at taking just two points from those two games. We drew our next game, but at least we were switched on defensively this time as the return tie against New England finished goalless. We took an early lead against Inter Miami, which we held onto until the final two minutes when our frailties showed once more, conceding twice in the remaining time to fall to just our third defeat of the season. Nearly a full month break followed until we played Toronto, but a much-improved performance saw us comfortably run out 2-0 winners. US Open Cup Quarter & Semi-Final Ties against the two New York sides, but we eventually exited the competition. Many changes were made for the NYCFC game given it's placement in our schedule, but we played really well. We fell behind early but fought back well to level just after twenty minutes. From there we controlled most of the game, but couldn't find a winner. Extra-time passed by uneventfully, and we managed to win on penalties. A home tie against Red Bulls in the Semi's gave us an excellent chance of making the final, but scoring late in the first half and taking that into the interval, we didn't compete in the second half. Eventually they picked us off twice and deserved their win.
  14. This came as a welcome surprise! Definitely an honour to be selected in my first season managing in the country.
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