On The Fire

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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.

Two Thoughts On Fire v Crew

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The Fire fought back from an early deficit, took the lead, but ultimately failed to hang on, and they shared the points with Columbus on Thursday at Toyota Park. Here are two quick thoughts about the match.

Pauno ain't playing the kids
Speculation has been raised in the media on whether Veljko Paunovic would provide playing opportunities to his younger, less experienced players once the Fire were officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Basement Door About to Close on Fire

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The Fire ended their three-game swing away from Toyota Park on Saturday in desultory fashion, a 3:0 defeat to the Columbus Crew in a match that felt as though the deficit was much bigger. Last place in the Eastern Conference is almost assured, as the Fire trail both Columbus and Orlando by eight points with three games left on the schedule.

Fire No Strangers to Cellar

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Right around the time the Chicago Fire had racked up 3:0 victories over Montreal and Philadelphia, coach Veljko Paunovic declared that his team had turned a corner, and that observers would be surprised by the Fire's performances going forward. With just one point in their last four matches, there is nothing surprising nor promising about the Fire.

NYC Leave Fire Defense In Tatters

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It took only a New York minute for NYCFC to take total control over the Chicago Fire in Friday's match at Yankee Stadium. In those brief seconds, a scoreless match became 2:0 for NYC, and the two punches to the gut left the Fire on the canvas. They spent the remainder of the match searching for answers and wound up finding few, leaving New York 4:1 losers.

This Song Is Too Familiar

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The Chicago Fire thought that they had done enough to earn victory over DC United on Friday after having built a solid 2:1 lead in the first half. They were not successful in finding that crucial third goal to provide some cushion, and DC scratched out an equalizer in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

3 Things About the Fire’s Loss to TFC

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The Chicago Fire went down 2:1 to Toronto FC last Saturday in disappointing fashion. Here are three thoughts about how the game went and what could have gone differently for the Fire.
The Fire continue to battle

Yes, the Fire are still mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference standings.

Fire Get Back on Winning Track

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If any psychological demons remained in the Chicago Fire's locker room following their 6:2 debacle at RFK Stadium last week, they were exorcised on Saturday when the Fire swept the Philadelphia Union out of town by a resounding 3:0 scoreline. The Fire played played some attractive soccer at times, and were competent on both sides of the ball.

DC Give Fire a Good Thrashing

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The Fire ended their heavy schedule of three matches in a week with an absolutely dreadful display against DC United. Striker Patrick Mullins registered a hat trick en route to a 6:2 whitewash. The teams combined for five goals in a wild first half. Things went downhill for Chicago after the break.

Fire Fail to Seal the Deal, Split the Points

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The midweek round in the MLS schedule is the round that every team hates. The Chicago Fire and Los Angeles Galaxy took their turn on Wednesday at Toyota Park and provided an entertaining roller coaster of a match. Both teams played away last Saturday, and it became clear early on that both teams were going to be able to exploit the holes in the opposing defenses.