Bakary Soumare

Justin Mapp

MacMath, Cruz, Creavalle, Fred, Hoppenot in re-entry draft; Casey & Carroll free agents

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Philadelphia Union listed Zac MacMath and four others for the first round of the MLS re-entry draft, which takes place December 11 at 3pm.

Paid Their Dues: All of the Players

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Here be players. This list does not include players on loan from the Union, or players who were never under contract with the Union. It also does not include players who are no longer in the game, or are without a club.

MLS

Bakary Soumare - Chicago Fire

Danny Mwanga - Colorado Rapids

Jeff Parke - DC United

Andrew Jacobson - FC Dallas

Chris Seitz - FC Dallas

Brian Perk - LA Galaxy

Justin Mapp - Montreal Impact

Jack McInerney - Montreal Impact

Brad Knighton - New England Revolution

Shea Salinas - San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Konopka - Toronto FC

Ryan Richter - Toronto FC

Jordan Harvey - Vancouver Whitecaps

NASL

Toni Stahl - Carolina RailHawks

Nick Zimmerman - Carolina RailHawks

Oka Nikolov - Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Kleberson - Indy Eleven

Greg Jordan - Minnesota United FC

USL PRO

Matt Kassel - Arizona United SC

Yann Ekra - Harrisburg City Islanders

Morgan Langley - Harrisburg City Islanders

Chandler Hoffman - LA Galaxy II (On loan from LA Galaxy)

Gilberto Souza - Sacramento Republic FC

Liga MX

Gabriel Farfan - Chiapas (On loan from Chivas USA)

Michael Farfan - Cruz Azul

Michael Orozco - Puebla

Liga Nacional de Guatemala

Carlos Ruiz - Municipal

Costa Rican Primera División

Porfirio Lopez - LD Alajuelense

David Myrie - CS Herediano

Josue Martinez - Santos de Guápiles

Liga Postobón

Faryd Mondragon - Deportivo Cali

Lionard Pajoy

Northern Premier League Division One North

Joe Tait - Darlington 1883 (On loan from Gateshead)

Bundesliga

Kai Herdling - Hoffenheim

Other

Alejandro Moreno - ESPN Analyst

Danny Califf- Player/Coach with Bearfight FC

Veljko Paunovic - Serbian U19s coach

Major League Soccer

MLS Ticker: 52 players called up for international duty; MLS awards; and more

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MLS Playoffs gets put on temporary hold this week as the league heads into another international break to accommodatethe upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games, the Euro 2016 qualifying playoffs and a few friendlies.

The conference finals will resume on Nov. 22 but until then, clubs — including those still in title contention — will have to temporarily part ways with their stars and here is a list of those who have been called up to represent their respective countries, as of Nov.

Dorman Eyeing Return to Action

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Three months ago, Andy Dorman was a major part of a Revolution midfield that was not only coming into its own, but finding success along the way. Then, with one swooping tackle, he wasn't.

In the early stages of a Jul.

Philadelphia Union

Blake called up by Jamaica and more GK-related news, Pauno rumor, Conference finals set, more

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Blake called up. Grilo departs as GK coach. Colorado not signing MacMath. A Paunovic rumor. Union wins Fair Play Award. Conference finals set. US WCQ roster announced. More.

Off to Toronto, Union U16s fall in Development Academy semis, US readies for Cuba, more

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Union face Toronto on Saturday. Union U-16s defeated in US Soccer Development Academy semifinals. West Chester United in Werner Fricker Open Cup semis today. MLS players ratify CBA. US faces Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. More news.

Union Academy U16s in semis today, Union-HCI friendly announced, US to face Cuba in GC quarterfinals, more

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Union U-16s face Dallas today. Union-HCI friendly date in Lancaster. US will face Cuba next in Gold Cup. More FIFA news.

Worst start ever and more dreariness, Montreal looks to make history tonight, more news

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Union bits. Impact host Club America in CONCACAF Champions League final deciding game tonight. More news.

Union schedule, Reading’s Bono signs GA deal, Gerrard official, Altidore rumors, Marsch for Petke, more

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Union schedule released. Ex-Reading United GK Alex Bono signs GA deal. Gerrard officially announced by LA. Who's after Altidore? Marsch replaces Petke. More.

Union passes on Re-entry draft, Preseason in Clearwater announced, Garcia report to be released, more

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The Union passed on making a selection in Thursday's Re-entry Draft. Preseason Union schedule in Clearwater released. FIFA votes to release Garcia investigation report. More.

Dispersal, Curtin says Edu “willing to play center back,” Blake wins Golden Glove, US embarrassed, more

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Dispersal Draft today. Union to host combine. Curtin says Edu willing to play D. Blake wins Golden Glove as Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup. US embarrassed in Ireland. Further FIFA fun.

Readying for DC, Hburg in Sacramento for USL PRO final, Copa America, more

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White hopes to face former club on Saturday. Harrisburg faces Sacramento in USL PRO championship final on Saturday. US-hosted 2016 Copa America added to FIFA calendar. More.

Chicago Fire

15 Things that Happened During the Chicago Fire Offseason.

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In case you've been hibernating (and I don't blame you), youmissed a lot of Chicago Fire and MLS news since The Galaxy won a sloppy yawner of an MLS Cup last November. Well, todayisyour lucky day.

Before the season starts (or, you know, doesn't), someOTF Soccer editorscompiledwhat wethoughtwere the top fifteenstories you may have missed if you'vehaven't been paying attention.

Chicago Fire declines to exercise the options on eleven players

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Would any of them benefit the Union?

The Chicago Fire exercised contract options on six of their players today, which means they also declined to exercise the options on eleven of their players today. As reported by our friends at Hot Time in Old Town earlier this month, there are quite a few recognizable names on the list.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire square off for some Thursday Night Football tonight on ESPN2. All my rowdy friends do not want to watch Christian Ponder play handegg.

UNION GAME #31
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 2, 2014
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Andrew Wenger, Pedro Ribeiro Forward Harry Shipp, Quincy Amerikwa

Cristian Maidana, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira, Fred

Midfield Grant Ward, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Sanna Nyassi
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Alex
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Zac MacMath, Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll, Antoine Hoppenot, Ethan White, Brian Brown, Danny Cruz Bench Kyle Reynish, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Ritter, Patrick Nyarko, Matt Watson, Robert Earnshaw, Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Stats (Explained Here)
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Breakdown: Fire at Toronto

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Michael Bradley owned the ball (torontosun.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat..

Timing is everything.

The last time the Fire and Toronto FC met, the Fire faithful left Toyota Park cold, wet and feeling like this.

Late Amarikwa equalizer earns Fire a draw with TFC

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Photo byTom Szczerbowski/ USA Today Sports

By RYAN TOLMICH

With points at a premium in the hyper-competitive Eastern Conference, Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire had to settle for just one point apiece.

The twoplayoffcontenders played to a 2-2 draw Saturday at BMO Field due to a 90th minute equalizer from Fire forward Quincy Amarkiwa.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Red Bulls, Aug. 10 Edition

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Magee decides to use his PK to get Robles out of the way for his rebound shot (espnfc.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's second win of the season against the Red Bulls...

I think it is safe to say that the New York Red Bulls (or is it Red Bulls New York?) are not fond of Toyota Park.

Breakdown: Fire at Earthquakes

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A visual of the Fire on Wednesday night (unknown)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's train wreck in San Jose...

After much deliberation since the final whistle of the Fire's 5-1 defeat at San Jose on Wednesday night, I concluded that a train wreck was a better description than a dumpster fire (and I used the dumpster fire after the Columbus road fiasco in May).

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union, Game 2

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One Point! Of course we always get one point! (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zarembatries to find somethingto take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw...

After a gritty win on the road last Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Fire returned to their "Kings of the Draw" form on Saturday night with another uninspiring performance against the Philadelphia Union.

Game thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Bridgeview in an attempt to put out the Fire in a critical Eastern Conference match.

UNION GAME #21
VS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
July 19, 2014
8:30 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey
Alex, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield Danny Cruz, Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, Vincent Nogueira
Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares Defense Ray Gaddis, Ethan White, Maurice Edu, Sheanon Williams
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Greg Cochrane, Marco Franco, Grant Ward, Chris Ritter, Matthew Fondy Bench Andre Blake, Fabinho, Fred, Brian Carroll, Brian Brown, Andrew Wenger, Aaron Wheeler
Stats (Explained Here)
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Opposite View: Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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This week we sit down with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SBN's Chicago Fire blog and talk about one of the teams with whom we are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

tBG) The Chicago Fire on paper are a solid team, with players like Sean Johnson, Bakary Soumare, and Mike Magee.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 19

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It's unanimous. Harry is Most Outstanding (soccerbyives.net)

OTF Roundtablers break out their grade books and embark upon a mid-term review...

17 games in and Chicago Fire sits at 3-4-10, eighth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, and a mere four points off the thin red playoff line.

Breakdown: Fire at New England

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Winning is so much better than drawing (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba dissectsan ugly, but necessary, road win by the Men In Red

After going over 1107 days without a win on an artificial surface, the Chicago Fire won their second inside of a week on Saturday night with a 1-0 over the New England Revolution in suburban Boston.

Breakdown: Fire at Sporting Kansas City

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Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (kansascity.com)

T.J. Zaremba dissectsanother one point pick up for the Fire.

On the surface, the Chicago Fire tying another game is not news worthy. After all, they are the "Kings of the Draw".

But, considering Sporting KC is number two in the East, did not have a midweek game, returned US International Graham Zusi to their 18and were in front of their fans at Sporting Park, I conclude the Fire took a point instead of dropping two.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: The Battle of Columbus

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It doesn't look good from here. (photo: jfklibrary.org)

Columbus was all hell. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from our correspondent in the field, Ernest Hemingway...

That night we lay under the green fly of the medical tent and listened to the cannons outside, for the Argentine mercenary Higuain was attacking again and the column was close to breaking.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls #2

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Perhaps a new combination of defenders behind Red will have to slow down the RBNY attack (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF'sJon Denham stops shaking his head long enough to get you ready for Saturday, and Seeing Red's Mark Fishkin is back to tell a turnaround story...

Last weekend, the Fire conceded twice after the 89 minute mark against Real Salt Lake to snatch a loss from the hands of victory after the first shutout of the season came off the board with 20 minutes to play.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Nine

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Baby, baby breakdown (image: mlssoccer.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC. Aggregate = 17.6/19 ( -2.5 from last week) NBC Pro Sports Soccer Talk (16)

"The general excuse we've been making for the Fire all season: They look decent, but they make one big mistake each game.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Nine

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The gaffer unfiltered (image: youtube.com)

Back from break, the Roundtable looks at some Frank Yallop tape...

This week's Roundtable homework? Watch what follows and read the boys' two cents...

Brendan Carr

"It was piss poor defending." That was the nicest thing Frank could have said.

Breakdown: Fire vs. RSL

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Dread submission (desert news.com)

T.J. Zaremba has fun with heat maps, despite last Saturday's result...

In making my prediction for the Fire's matchup versus Real Salt Lake, I optimistically predicted a draw. The Men in Red had been able to draw against just about everyone during the campaign so far, thus I held an inkling of hope.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Revs

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Despite another goal, it was a rough and tumble day for Weapon Q... (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick empathizes with the gaffer. A tough one indeed...

If you follow soccer, you often hear talk of this team or that team "deserving" a win, despite a result to the contrary.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. New England Revolution (1)

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Bakary Soumare did his job well on Saturday, to little avail (photo: goal.com)

OTF contributor T.J. Zaremba brings you "the Seinfeld Game"...

As I left Toyota Park Saturday afternoon after Chicago Fire tied the MLS record for consecutive ties, I thought of Seinfeld.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Six

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Alex was a box-to-box force last Saturday (photo: thestate.com)

The Roundtable brings you some over-the-counter medicine for what ails the Fire...

Well, this week's question is obvious:

What needs to happen to turn all these Fire draws into wins?

Emanuel Corpus

Emanuel is on vacation this week.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park in an attempt to light 'em up and be on fire.

UNION GAME #5
VS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
April 5, 2014
5:00 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Conor Casey
Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane Defense Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Logan Pause, Dilly Duka, Benji Joya, Alex, Juan Luis Anongono Bench Andre Blake, Ethan White, Austin Berry, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Corben Bone, Antoine Hoppenot
Stats (Explained Here)
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The Rest

Re-drafting the Union: Part Two

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This is the second and final installment of a series imagining what the Union would look like had previous SuperDrafts gone differently. Here's part one.

2013 - Round 2, Pick 7 (26th Overall) Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Sandoval, Forward, New Mexico

Original Pick: Don Anding, Forward, Northeastern

Perhaps more disappointing than any pick the Union had made up to this point was the decision to trade the No.

Jones Finding His Form In Chicago

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When the Fire closed the book on their 2014 season supporters knew wholesale changes were in store for a team that struggled to a 6-10-18 finish. The departure of familiar names like Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares, and Steven Kinney gave way to new players coming in, many of whom were unfamiliar to most Fire fans, including Trinidad and Tobago's Joevin Jones.

Paid Their Dues: Soumare Out?

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Could Bakary Soumare be on the way out of Chicago?

According to our friends at Hot Time In Old Town, Bakary Soumare will be without a club this off-season unless he takes a pay cut. Soumare made 25 starts for the Fire this season.

Kyle Nakazawa now plays beach soccer! Surprised it's taken so long.

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Bakary Soumare

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Former Union defender Bakary Soumare joins Greg and Eli ahead of Chicago FIre's visit to PPL on Thursday.

Fire 3 DC United 3 - recap and ratings

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The Fire were the better team through the first forty-five minutes of this match after finishing the first half with one of their better starts to a game this season. Unfortunately, like the rest of the season, they found ways to negate the positive with just as much negative en route to equaling the all-time MLS record for draws in one season.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. New York Red Bulls (0)

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Sega was never really a "trust fall" kind of fullback. (Photo via NJ.com)

OTF's Brian Howe Battlesuppressesthe feel-goody-ness that three points bring, and sits you down for some"real talk".

What is this feeling?

Anxiety driven by good fortune? Weird.

It is the feeling of residual pessimism.