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Fire down FGCU 2-0

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The Fire used mostly reserves and trialists to hand Florida Gulf Coast University a 2-0 defeat on Saturday afternoon. A 19th minute tap-in from Omar Castro after an Elliot Collier pass gave Chicago the lead in match that they controlled comfortably. Forward Albert Ruiz scored a 27th minute, unmarked, flat-footed header from a 27th minute corner kick against his alma mater to double the lead.

Fire v FGCU preseason preview

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What Are They All About? Florida Gulf Coast University

The first hurdle. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire lost 2-1 against the Montreal Impact in a preseason friendly. The match took place in Bradenton Florida with the weather being the brightest spot for Chicago.

Impact deal Fire first loss of preseason

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First half goals from Ignacio Piatti and Matteo Mancosu powered the Montreal Impact to a 2-1 victory over the Fire on Wednesday night. Piatti gave Montreal a lead in the 34th minute following a Brandon Vincent turnover after what had been a largely uneventful first half hour. Piatti hit the post four minutes later and Mancosu put in the rebound to extend the lead.

Fire v Impact preseason preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aper├žu du Match Contre Montreal

This past Thursday the Chicago Fire drew 0-0 against the Philadelphia Union to complete their second phase of preseason in Tampa Bay. The match was a drab as the score line suggests with both the Fire and the Union showing signs of fatigue in the Florida sun.

Fire and Union play to 0-0 draw

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The Fire and Philadelphia Union played to a 0-0 draw in what looked like a typical, midweek, early preseason contest. Neither team was able to create many clear chances and there was some disjointed play as both sides put together mixes of starters and trialists on the field. The Union had the better chances in the first half with a 9th minute shot from David Accam that was stopped by Richard Sanchez and a 27th minute Accam pass to CJ Sapong that was also stopped relatively easily by Sanchez.

Fire v Union preseason match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated the University of South Florida 2-0 in their first preseason game of 2018 on the back of goals from Nemanja Nikolic and Elliot Collier. Their time in Tampa continues with a matchup against the Philadelphia Union this Thursday at 10:00 am CT (a stream will be made available on Chicago-Fire.

Fire add Katai on loan

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The Fire announced the addition of Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on loan from Deportivo Alaves in the Spain's first division. The loan expires on June 30 and includes an option to buy for a permanent move. The 27-year old attacker will presumably get a chance to play on the right side but he can play on the left and in a central position as well.

Fire open preseason with 2-0 win over USF

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Goals from Nemanja Nikolic and draft pick Elliot Collier led the Fire to a 2-0 victory over the University of South Florida. Nikolic headed in a cross from Christian Dean in the 40th minute and Collier bounced a shot in off of the USF goalkeeper in the 76th after running onto a pass from Drew Conner.

Fire v University of South Florida preseason match preview

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What Are They All About? USF

Welcome back! After a mostly quiet offseason we are happy to be returning with our first match preview of 2018. Having completed the first phase of preseason at the Toyota Park dome, the Chicago Fire find themselves in sunny Tampa on the USF campus for a tune-up against the college side at 4:00 CT on Saturday.

Fire 2018 jersey first look

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A tipster has provided Fire Confidential with a photo of the Fire's new primary jersey for 2018. The most notable change is the enlarged white stripe with larger sponsor logo. The solid white trim is clean but the blue three-stripe shoulder element probably would have been better served in white.

Fire trade Accam to Philadelphia Union

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Nelson Rodriguez continues to wheel and deal on SuperDraft days. The Fire not only added two players in the first round but they have also traded David Accam to the Philadelphia Union for $300,000 in General Allocation Money and $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. It is the largest sum exchanged by two MLS sides in one transaction.

Schweinsteiger officially back for 2018

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The Fire have announced, via an oddly-timed Wednesday night press release that Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed a contract for 2018. As reported at The Athletic on January 4, the agreement has been in place for several weeks but needed to be formally finalized. The release does not provide specific information on the terms of the contract and does not mention the rumored option for 2019.

Polster, Vincent join USMNT January camp

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The Fire will open training camp in Chicago on January 22 without their starting fullbacks. Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent have been named to the US men's national team January camp. As expected, the US team is heavy on younger players who have been on the fringe of the national team set-up as a result of the disastrous World Cup miss with the veterans.

Fire 2018 Schedule announced

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The March 3 home opener against the Colorado Rapids has been moved to accommodate CCL play for the Rapids. The Fire will open at home against Sporting Kansas City on March 10. Other notable games include Bob Bradley and LAFC coming to Chicago on September 29, three games including a back-to-back in July against Toronto FC, and what could be the final Columbus trip on May 12.

Fire open 2018 at Colorado

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The first three games of the Fire's 2018 season seem to be set with the campaign opening on the road in Colorado on March 3. MLS announced home openers for all 23 clubs today and the Fire will host Sporting Kansas City in the opener at Toyota Park on March 10. They will open Minnesota United FC's home season on March 17.