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Fire trade Alvarez, announce expansion protected list

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Veteran midfield Arturo Alvarez is on his way back to his hometown. The Fire traded Alvarez to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for their natural second round pick in the 2019 SuperDraft. In two seasons with the Fire, Alvarez scored 8 goals and added 11 assists in 55 appearances. He was a valuable role player off the bench and as a spot starter.

Fire pick up options on 11 players; decline 7 others

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The Fire announced today that they have exercised the 2018 options on Arturo Alvarez, David Arshakyan, Jorge Bava, Brandt Bronico, Jonathan Campbell, Stefan Cleveland, Drew Conner, Daniel Johnson, Dax McCarty, Matt Polster, and Brandon Vincent. They have also declined options on Joey Calistri, Matej Dekovic, Patrick Doody, Collin Fernandez, John Goossens, Michael Harrington, and Richard Sanchez.

Meira confirms departure from Fire

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Defender Joao Meira has announced via Twitter that he is not returning to the club next season. This comes as no surprise since he was out of contract and looking for an increase in order to stay with the Fire. The Fire have been looking for a left-footed centerback to pair with Johan Kappelhof for some time.

Mihailovic undergoes ACL surgery

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The Fire announced today that rookie Homegrown Player Djordje Mihailovic underwent Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction on his right knee. The procedure was performed at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Hospital. His estimated recovery time is six to eight months. Both Mihailovic and Michael de Leeuw are likely to be unavailable in 2018 until June or July if their recoveries go well.

Red Bulls 4 Fire 0 - playoff recap and ratings

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A playoff ending 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the New York Red Bulls knocked the Fire out of the postseason and put an end to an otherwise entertaining year. New York struck early when Bradley Wright-Phillips worked his way in between Johan Kappelhof and Joao Meira forcing Matt Lampson into another goalkeeping mishap.

Fire v Red Bulls playoff match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

Momentum Lost. While results on Decision Day went in Chicago's favor, earning them a home leg in the knock out round on Wednesday against the New York Red Bulls (7:30 CT on FS1), their own fixture ended in defeat to Houston.

Dynamo 3 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire turned in another disappointing effort against a playoff contending team. They have finished the season in third place in the Eastern Conference (and overall in MLS) but dropped a 3-0 result to the Houston Dynamo to close the regular season. Houston scored early via a badly defended throw-in and added two more in the second half to put the match out of reach.

Fire v Dynamo match preview

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What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo

Decision Day. Although in recent years the league's gimmicky approach to the final weekend of the season has been more reflective of an attempt to mirror European leagues than it has been a genuine day of drama, this round of fixtures has a different vibe.

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.