Alex looked good in his new #7, as the Fire continued their preseason unbeaten run on Saturday (photo: chicago-fire.com)
OTF editor Scott Fenwick brings you a look at the second installment of the Fire's tussle down in Tuscon...
Frank Yallop and company had amassed an encouraging 5-0-0 preseason record heading into the second round of the Desert Diamond Classic, including a most recent 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids, and highlighted overall by admirable performances from the Fire's new youngsters and reserves.
Playoffs? Let's get it started! (photo: chicago-fire.com)
Each and every Wednesday, OTF contributors have their say on our Men in Red...
Brian Howe Battle
How does a team that's squandered so many opportunities this season retain a tenuously-high standing? No doubt Frank Klopas's side played one of their best games last weekend, but they were backed up against the wall.
Juan Luis Anangono points skyward after his first MLS goal. (photo by chicago-fire.com)
OTF's Adam Morgan riffs on the high and low points at Toyota Park this weekend...
On Saturday evening, Chicago Fire leapt into a playoff spot for the first time in 2013. Somehow, the Men in Red overcame controversy, gaffes, missed chances, and a rather cynical opponent to earn all three points, thereby putting themselves in position to make a postseason run.
Manchester United linked with former Chelsea powerhouse - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United have been linked with a move for PSG defender Alex, with David Moyes set to instigate a complete overhaul of his defence in the summer.
Alex is named, in a typically manic report from the Guardian, as just one of a great many potential United targets,with the club approaching arguably the most important transfer market in their recent history.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Olivier Kemen Age: 16 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Metz Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured Â£600,000) Did you know? Kemen had the chance to join Lyon's youth set-up three years ago but was impressed by Metz's academy and joined them instead.
Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.
Mesut Ã–zil with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. #aha pic.twitter.com/5uH1kPaFVp Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) September 11, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. The Â£42.4m man returned from international duty to report with the Gunners for the first time since joining from Real Madrid.
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been taking aim at former Gunners Samir Nasri and Alex Song. With the internet abuzz over the launch of the FIFA 14 demo, Frimpong uploaded a photo of a very special 'Bench Edition' of the game, with Nasri and Song as the cover stars. Frimpong clearly feels that the duo [.
Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big-name signing of the summer in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, the Daily Telegraph reports. The holding player was often involved in the Bayern side that won the treble last season, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara means he has fallen down the [.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was ridiculed by team-mates Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott over his lack of pace. The Welshman's post-match interview was hijacked by the Ox, who immediately quizzed him on his failure to get on the end of a long ball from Lukasz Fabianski. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain then took it in turns [.
Now is the time for Arsene Wenger to move for Paris Saint Germain's Mamadou Sakho. The young French centre back has recently said that he may leave the French champions if he does not get more game time in a congested defence that has now got even worse because of the Â£27 million signing of Marquinhos from Roma.
Arsenal eased to a 7-1 victory in their pre-season friendly against Vietnam. French striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick his second is worth watching out for in the video above and was joined on the scoresheet by Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom (2) and Ignasi Miquel. Vietnam pulled a goal back late on [.
Arsenal's British players have fronted a promotional video for the club's new away kit, which was unveiled yesterday. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey star alongside Arsenal fans as they all prepare for a match by following their own rituals. The video is built around the tagline: "Our Style.
Mark Chamberlain, dad of England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, missed his son's excellent goal against Brazil after falling asleep during the game. The former England international blamed an early morning airport run for his dozing, but we reckon the first-half of the match should also shoulder some of the blame.
England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.