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Fire v FC Cincinnati USOC match preview

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What Are They All About? FC Cincinnati

How do you like me now? This past Saturday the Chicago Fire steamrolled Orlando City 4-0 at Toyota Park. More telling than the scoreline, Fire winger David Accam put on quite the display in front of a sold-out crowd. Amidst rumors of his possible departure to the Turkish Super League, Seria A, or Ligue 1 after his absence in both of the last two matches, the Ghanaian put on what will surely be his best display in a red shirt no matter whether he stays or goes.

Fire 4 Orlando City 0 - recap and ratings

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At the numerical half-way point of the season, the Fire sit one point away from Toronto FC on top of the league table and have extended their win streak at home to seven games, the second longest streak in club history. They're also unbeaten in their last nine matches. This contest, against an Orlando side that sits fourth in the East, was simply dominant.

Fire v Orlando City match preview

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What Are They All About? Orlando City SC

Crazy eights. After defeating the New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday the Chicago Fire find themselves on an eight-match unbeaten run in the league. Perhaps more importantly, they seem to have finally overcome their away match curse for good as the win against the Revs was their third road victory of the season across all competitions.

Fire 2 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

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Winning on the road against conference opponents will get you into the playoffs. Chicago managed to escape a flurry of missed chances by a New England Revolution side that had yet to lose a game at home to keep pace with Toronto FC at the top of the Eastern Conference and MLS overall. The victory brings the Fire record to 9-3-4 on the season and they have equalled their point total (31) from all of 2016.

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Dare we say it? Not yet. Although the Chicago Fire defeated St. Louis FC this past Wednesday 1-0 at Toyota Stadium, we won't use the quintessential Open Cup motto until they are a bit further in the competition. Thursday's draw pitted them against another lower league opponent away from home as they look to take on FC Cincinnati on June 28th in hopes of making headway towards that elusive fifth title.

Fire survive Saint Louis FC 1-0, advance in USOC

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US Open Cup matches in the early rounds are all about surviving and advancing. The Fire did just that in a 1-0 win over their former USL affiliate Saint Louis FC. Luis Solignac's "goal of the year" worthy back heel volley of Brandon Vincent's pass in the 28th minute was the difference in the game as Chicago hung on to advance to the fifth round of the competition.

Fire v Saint Louis FC USOC match preview

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What Are They All About? St. Louis FC

They all count the same. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Park on the back of a Luis Solignac strike and a Nemanja Nikolic PK. Complaints from the players and coaching staff about the win not being "pretty" will fall on deaf ears as the Fire fan base is continually pinching themselves while looking at the table.

Fire 2 Atlanta United 0 - recap and ratings

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No matter the sport, the good teams manage to still win when they're not at their best. The Fire did just that in a 2-0 win at home against an Atlanta United side that routed them 4-0 back in March. Chicago wasn't quite hitting on all cylinders and wasted several good chances but did just enough to pick up their eighth win of the season.

Fire v Atlanta United match preview

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What Are They All About? Atlanta United

MLS voodoo. Each team in MLS typically has two or three matches a season that just make absolutely no sense. This past weekend the Chicago Fire had one of theirs, drawing 0-0 away to Orlando despite being up two men for a long portion of the match.

Fire 0 Orlando City 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire wasted an opportunity to pick up three points on the road against a direct Eastern Conference playoff rival. Thanks to a questionable straight red card shown to Rafael Ramos in the 26th minute and another straight red to Antonio Nocerino in the 66th, Chicago played with an advantage for much of the game but couldn't capitalize or break down Orlando's packed-in defense.

Fire v Orlando City match preview

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What Are They All About? Orlando City SC

They're here to stay. Last Thursday the Chicago Fire defeated FC Dallas 2-1 to firmly cement second place in the Eastern Conference standings. Perhaps more impressively, Chicago beat a good Western Conference opponent by limiting their chance creation in the final third and dictating the tempo and style of the match.

Fire 2 FC Dallas 1 - recap and ratings

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Wins are becoming common place and expected at Toyota Park as the Fire improved to 6-0-1 at home. Their fourth consecutive win marked the first time they have won four in a row since September of 2012 and the team's 24 points after thirteen games matches the club's all-time best point total at this point in the season.

Fire v FC Dallas match preview

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What Are They All About? FC Dallas

Progress. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated DC United 1-0 on the back of a sublime counterattack and David Accam's sixth goal of the season. Perhaps more impressive than their first road win of 2017–and just their second such accolade in the past fifty away encounters­–was the manner in which they achieved the result.

Nelson Rodriguez media roundtable - full audio

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With the Fire off to their best start after 12 games since the 2009 season confidence is running high in Bridgeview. General Manager Nelson Rodriguez sat down with local media this afternoon in a roundtable discussion about all aspects of the club and what's ahead. Among the topics reviewed during the hour-long Q&A session:
  • Targeted Allocation Money and how much the Fire have left for shopping in the upcoming window
  • Progress of the Academy system and the Fire Juniors program
  • Potential Homegrown Players
  • Improvement in the scouting department
  • Contract talks and international interest in David Accam
  • The relationship with USL and the Tulsa Roughnecks
  • Progress of updates of loanees Collin Fernandez, Joey Calistri, and Matej Dekovic
  • Frustrated supporters and much more
You can listen to the entire audio of the roundtable over at the Fire Confidential Live Podcast page.

Fire 1 DC United 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire took a big step toward playoff legitimacy by showing that they can indeed win away from Toyota Park. A 1-0 win over DC United moves them into second place in the Eastern Conference and more importantly, establishes some confidence away from home while helping to erase the memory of an ugly 1 win in almost 50 MLS matches over the last several seasons.