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Fire 3 Union 2 - recap and ratings

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The Fire started off well enough but sloppy defending and goalkeeping put them in a 2-1 hole after the first 45 minutes against a Philadelphia Union side that defeated them 3-1 just a few weeks ago. After Nemanja Nikolic's 3rd minute goal, the Union scored twice in the next ten minutes to take the lead while the Fire struggled to put together a consistent attack and seemed to be a step behind the visitors.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Inching closer. As the final weeks of the MLS regular season approach, the Chicago Fire are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2012. Although their chances of finishing second in the Eastern Conference likely went out the window after their 1-1 home draw with NYCFC prior to the international break, they can still solidify a first round home match.

Fire 1 New York City FC 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire and New York City FC played to a 1-1 draw that didn't distinguish either team as a clear cut favorite to finish above the other in the race for positioning in the Easter Conference playoffs. Both played through a fairly conservative match that yielded few clear chances although the overall play wasn't bad.

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

Clinched. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire qualified for the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2012. A resounding 4-1 win over San Jose coupled with a Montreal loss to NYCFC ensured that Chicago will be playing well into the Fall.

Fire 4 Earthquakes 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire punched their playoff tickets in a commanding 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. They did so in impressive fashion without Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Accam available for the game. Schweinsteiger continues to recover from calf and thigh injuries, while Accam was held out in anticipation of another big game against New York City FC this coming weekend.

Fire v Earthquakes match preview

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What Are They All About? San Jose Earth Quakes

Playing below expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost on the road in Philadelphia. Perhaps more shocking than the 3-1 result was the display itself. A match that could have seen them gain ground on NYCFC for the coveted bye week in the playoffs saw Chicago string together a lackluster defensive display and added a few moments to Matt Lampson's head scratching moments highlight reel.

Union 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire missed out on a chance to pull within one point of second-place New York City FC in an uninspiring 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union. A match that presented a good chance for three points against a non-contender puts them at risk of being surpassed in third place by Columbus and Atlanta and drops them four points behind New York City ahead of next week's head-to-head match-up at Toyota Park.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Performing to expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated conference bottom dwellers DC United 3-0 at Toyota Park. A frustrating opening twenty minutes quickly turned into a dominating performance by the home side.

Fire 3 DC United 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire did exactly what they needed to do against a last place team at home with the regular season nearing an end. The 3-0 win at Toyota Park may not be a sign that the high-flying Fire of May and June are back but the victory still provided some encouraging moments as Chicago tries to hold on to third place in the Eastern Conference.

Fire v DC United match preview

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What Are They All About? DC United

"This is a great point". That is a phrase that Chicago Fire supporters might like to hear from head coach Veljko Paunovic after drawing a Western Conference powerhouse on the road amidst a tough road trip. Instead, that is what they heard after Chicago's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls this past Saturday.

Fire 1 Red Bulls 1 - recap and ratings

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A 1-1 draw at home against the fifth place team in the conference isn't exactly a sign that things are still on the upswing for the Fire. Neither the Fire, nor the Red Bulls played particularly well on either side of the ball and the result was probably a fair one although Fire players and staff seemed content with the point.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

Fire 1 Impact 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire were finally able to do something against a 10-man squad, short handed squad and breathe a collective sigh of relief following a 1-0 victory in Montreal. Missing David Accam due to injury and Dax McCarty on international duty, the Fire weren't playing with a full roster either and both sides approached this game with a conservative game plan.

Fire v Impact match preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal

L'enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions. This past Saturday the Chicago Fire lost to Minnesota United FC 2-1 at Toyota Park. The match did not go according to script for any of the onlookers in red and white, as arguably the worst team in MLS stole their first away win of the season.

Minnesota United 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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Uh-oh. Losses in Montreal away and Toronto at home weren't necessarily reasons for Fire fans to hit the panic button but dropping all three points at home to an expansion side that hadn't won on the road all season may be cause for keeping the button within arm's reach. In losing a fourth consecutive game, and six of the last seven, the Fire now sit precariously close to the sixth spot in the East with seventh place Montreal only five points behind them and holding a game-in-hand.