On The Fire

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Reality Bites Fire the Hard Way

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The good feelings from the Chicago Fire's three-game unbeaten streak faded quickly in the aftermath of their 3:1 defeat to Toronto FC on Friday at BMO Field. The home side had displayed rather indifferent form at BMO so far this season, so they definitely came out ready to play on Friday.

Engine Company: America’s Hat – A Tale of Chicago’s Evil Canadian Twin

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Seeing The Men in Red play at home is really just half the fun, but notall Fire fans are able to see them anywhere else. To experience the joys of anAway Game by proxy, OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire supportergroup history on-the-road, established rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire away games.

Nikolic, Schweinsteiger Lead Evisceration of Revs

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The Chicago Fire extended their unbeaten run to three matches on the heels of a dominant 3:0 victory over the New England Revolution at Toyota Park on Saturday. The Fire treated the Revs the way a dog treats a fire hydrant, and made them like it. Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to complement Bastian Schweinsteiger's opener, as the Fire climbed to third place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Engine Company: Revscum

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To experience the joys of supporter culture by-proxy OTF contributor Jacob Peters provides us some background on Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes on how to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games. Next up, Saturday's home match-up against our most frequent playoff opponent, the Boston Providence Foxboro Foxborough New England Revolution.

Nose to the Grindstone, Three Points Banked

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Following their 1:1 draw in Columbus in the season opener, the Chicago Fire came out intent to improve on that outcome in the second match of the 2017 series at Toyota Park on Saturday. The Fire blazed out of the gate and cashed in with a well taken strike from sniper Nemanja Nikolic.

Engine Company: Crew on Fire — A History of Hate

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To experience the joys of supporter cultureby-proxy OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games. Next up,Saturday's home match-up against Our All-Time Most Disliked Team, the ClevelandCincinnatiColumbus Crew.

New Guy Looks Good, But Can’t Do Everything

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's debut for the Chicago Fire on Saturday hardly could have gone better had it been scripted. He scored to put his team on top and was the midfield general that the Fire so desperately need him to be. Unfortunately, a Designated Player can only do so much on his own; the Fire were plagued by lackluster finishing and some unforgivable defending and had to settle for a share of the points with the Montreal Impact in a 2:2 draw.

OTF Roundtable: The Signal, The Noise, and The German

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Making predictions is hard. And it becomeseven harder when the information you are workingwith is, well... noisy. In Nate Silver's book, "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don't," he connects our ineptabilityto make accurate predictions (humans, not Fire fans)as an evolutionary problemidentifying the truthfrom nonsense.

Commentary: Bastian Schweinsteiger Can Be an Influential Fire Player

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Last week, the Chicago Fire completed the long-awaited deal to bring German international icon Bastian Schweinsteiger to MLS. Schweinsteiger signed for the 2017 season with a mutual option for 2018. His salary for this season was reported to be $4.

Atlanta Pummels Ineffective Fire

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When Chicago Fire Equipment Manager Brian Sauer packed up the gear for the road trip to Atlanta, he likely did not put life preservers on the list of things to bring. Too bad, because the Fire looked like castaways floating at sea for much of the 4:0 hammering administered by the home team.

Engine Company: Set Atlanta on Fire

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Seeing The Men in Red play at home is really just half the fun, but notall Fire fans are able to see them anywhere else. To experience the joys of anAway Game by proxy, OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire supportergroup history on-the-road, established rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire away games.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener vs RSL

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The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener

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The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire and Crew Share the Points in Opening Game Tug-of-War

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Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.

Fire Deliver on Pauno’s Promise

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Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic was adamant that his team reward the home fans with a victory in the team's final home game on Sunday, and his players did not disappoint, knocking off the New England Revolution 2:1. The Fire played simple and fluid football and were not far away from finding the back of the net on several occasions.