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Fire upset New York Red Bulls 2-1

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The Fire surprised the New York Red Bulls on the road on the strength of an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Richard Sanchez and two individual moments of offensive brilliance from Aleksandar Katai. Sanchez recorded nine saves, several of which were of the difficult variety and Katai blasted a volley from outside the box after a cleared corner kick in the 30th minute.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bull

Back to reality. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a sold-out Toyota Park. Although the 1-0 score line may reflect some sort of parity on the surface, the Fire never really looked like they were going to get a result and their performance was as dismal as the weather.

Fire v Galaxy photo gallery

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Check out this week's match photo gallery from Sean King.

Galaxy and Ibrahimovic defeat Fire 1-0

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A first half stoppage time goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic was all the Los Angeles Galaxy needed to earn all three points against the Fire on a cold and rainy day in Bridgeview. The match drew the largest crowd for a Fire game a Toyota Park with announced attendance of 21,915. The Fire were competitive but failed to get much going in the attack and now embark on a difficult stretch of games that will feature challenges against some of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.

Fire v Galaxy match preview

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What Are They All About? LA Galaxy

A win is a win. This past weekend the Chicago Fire secured all three points from a match for the first time in the 2018 campaign. The 1-0 victory over Columbus was achieved in an unorthodox fashion—the Crew out shot Chicago 21-5, out possessed them 65-35, and completed over 200 more passes—but moved the home side into ninth place in the East.

Fire survive Crew 1-0 for first win of the season

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A 27th minute Zack Steffen give-away resulted in Nemanja Nikolic's fourth goal of the season and the Fire held on to defeat the Columbus Crew 1-0. The visitors controlled most of the match, held a 65-35 possession advantage, and outshot the Fire 20-8 but could not break through despite some close calls with posts and crossbars.

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

Winless. This past weekend the Chicago Fire drew 2-2 with the Portland Timbers at Toyota Park. The match result was visible from a mile away with both teams suffering from defensive frailty. A masterclass from Bastian Schweinsteiger saved the home side's blushes, while Portland's Argentine midfielders shined for the visitors.

Fire earn first points of 2018 in 2-2 draw with Portland

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It wasn't pretty and it took some offensive heroics from "centerback" Bastian Schweinsteiger for the Fire to pick up their first point of the season. The Fire needed to come from behind twice against a team playing its' fourth consecutive road game of the year. Although the point beats the result of the previous two matches, coach Veljko Paunovic warned that things may not get better immediately.

Fire v Timbers match preview

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What Are They All About? Portland Timbers

Another bump in the road. This past weekend the Chicago Fire had a bye week as most of the teams around them in the standings played through the international fixture window. While it gave them time to rest and recuperate after their loss to Minnesota, seeing their nearest rivals pulling further away may have dealt a mental blow to Veljko Paunovic and his charges.

Fire fall to Minnesota, drop to 0-2

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With both teams missing several key players, the Fire couldn't get past Minnesota United FC for the second consecutive season. They are now 0-2 against the 2017 expansion club. Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the match due to the impending arrival of his first child and Matt Polster sat out with a knee injury.

Fire v Minnesota United match preview

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What Are They All About? Minnesota United FC

A rough start. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost their first match of the 2018 season, dropping a 4-3 result against Sporting Kansas City in what was one of the most exciting matches of the round. Chicago seemed sluggish from the very beginning, allowing a Sporting tally in just the ninth minute, and were punished once again at the stroke of half time, entering the locker room down by two goals.

Michael de Leeuw's recent comments on FC Afkicken

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Prior to Saturday's season opening loss to Sporting KC, discussion resonated across social media regarding comments made by Michael de Leeuw, currently sidelined while recovering from a ruptured left ACL suffered towards the end of the 2017 season.
"If it were up to me, I would want to play here (in Chicago) until the end of my career.

Fire v Sporting KC match gallery

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More quality work on the pitch from Sean King this season.

Sporting Kansas City 4 Fire 3 - post game video

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Shaky defending from both sides in the second half led to wild seven-goal season opener for the Fire. After a lackluster first half in which the trailed 2-0, the Fire charged back in the second with three consecutive goals but allowed two late SKC tallies to drop the decision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?

Fire v Sporting Kansas City match preview

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What Are They All About? Sporting Kansas City

A new beginning. This past weekend the Chicago Fire rounded out their preseason schedule with a friendly against USL affiliate Tulsa Roughnecks FC. A 2-1 victory for Chicago came on the back of goals from Elliot Collier and Nemanja Nikolic.