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Chicago Fire

Following playoff exit, Fire take solace in positive steps taken throughout rebuilding season

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The Chicago Fire took a giant leap forward in 2017, and there's no arguing that. The club entered as one of the league's recent bottom-dwellers, one that had been facing a multi-year difficult period with no playoffs and no glory. What followed was a magnificent summer run and a return to the postseason, even if it ended earlier than the team expected in the most disappointing of ways.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs Knockout Round, TV and Streaming Listings

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Twelve teams enter, by Thursday night four will be eliminated from the playoffs. Check out our Three (four) Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines (well, four; one for each game!):
  1. Chicago Fire versus New York Red Bulls: One of the defining trades of the offseason was when NYRB traded their captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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As the season winds down, the Union face a battered but talented Chicago Fire. Learn all you need to know with Nick Fishman's match preview.

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

A sigh of relief. This past weekend the Chicago Fire won on the road in Montreal on the back of a Bastian Schweinsteiger goal. It was only their second win from the past nine matches but they did overcome a seven match away winless streak and will be hoping to build on the confidence that the Montreal result offered.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Fire looking to bounce back quickly after end of 11-match unbeaten run

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been a part of plenty of long winning streaks throughout his career. Playing for Germany and Bayern Munich will do that for you. He's been a part of some incredible teams and some incredible runs that have culminated in plenty of trophies and accolades.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

“The Smiles Are Back in Bridgeview …”

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Those were the words of Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic following his team's 4:1 demolition of the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Park on Saturday. Nemanja Nikolic tallied two goals and an assist, while David Accam notched a goal and an assist. The Fire and Sounders engaged in a back-and-forth scrap in the first half and the Fire exploded for three goals after the break, as Chicago won the game in style.

Sounders at Chicago Fire: Three Questions

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ESPN2 picked up this 6 PM game because the Fire have a World Cup winner.

There was a time when facing the Chicago Fire would be one of the easier matches in the league. They were the worst team in 2015 and 2016, both years as the only team that earned less than a point per game. But this year's Fire are a more typical MLS side.

Seattle Sounders at Chicago Fire: TV schedule, news, highlights, analysis

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Seattle Sounders FC start a two-match Midwest road trip in Chicago. ESPN2 picked up the 6 PM match shortly after the Chicago Fire signed Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Fire have yet to be shutout at home, averaging two goals a game and have only given up a goal or more in a single home match. Seattle is decent road team, scoring 1.

Philadelphia Union

News roundup: Union break records (good & bad), MLS playoff field set, more

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/13/17

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No bad lucks with these links

Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Press Scrum
A few thoughts from Coach Curtin.

Bedoya: Tuesday night in Trinidad & Tobago ‘freaking sucked'
Philadelphia Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya got emotional Thursday talking about the U.

Jimmy McLaughlin one of the heroes in FC Cincinnati’s U.S. Open Cup conquest

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Malvern native converted the decisive penalty in a shootout win over Chicago Fire on Wednesday

On a night when his hometown team were coming up short in penalties in North Jersey, former Philadelphia Union homegrown Jimmy McLaughlin followed Bastian Schweinsteiger to the penalty spot to take one of the biggest kicks of his life.

Major League Soccer

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/22/2017

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Last Union game, get ready with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC
Both teams are eager to put 2017 behind them and get 2018 started.

Three questions with The Mane Land
We spoke with Michael Citro of The Mane Land, SB Nation's Orlando City SC blog, about the final match of 2017 between the Union and Lions.

Injured Bastian Schweinsteiger gets Fire back on track

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It needed a Video Review intervention but Deian Boldor's tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger turned a yellow card into a send-off. It also injured the World Cup winner's calf, but it certainly didn't stop the German star from stepping up in a big match.

MLS Week 26: Red cards and shutouts

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Some MLS teams took advantage of the international break and others didn't. That meant a shorter MLS weekend than usual with only four games on Saturday. The scores start with New England shutting out Orlando 4-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara had a hat trick with goals in the 26th, 75th and 89th minutes.

Official Footage: Referee’s Head-Cam Offers Incredible First-Person Perspective Of Real Madrid’s Game Against MLS All-Stars (Video)

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There's every chance we're a little late on the uptake here, but a fortnight or so ago, Real Madrid played an MLS All-Star side in the penultimate match of their pre-season schedule.

While many of us workaday proles had to make do with watching the game from a standard angle on television, the referee on duty, Mr Allen Chapman, was allowed to record the entire thing from amid the very thick of the action.

Around The Forest: La Liga refuses cash from PSG for Barcelona’s Neymar

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See where in the top ten players Diego Valeri lands, Alexi Lalas talks MLS and more.

Portland:

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MLS WORKS announced during halftime of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday the 2017 MLS WORKS Community MVP, Keith Palau.

Bastian Schweinsteiger believes MLS can be on 'same level' as European leagues in 10 years

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MLS isn't comparable to its top counterparts in Europe quite yet, but Bastian Schweinsteiger can see a day where the American league could be even with some of the best leagues in the world.

Speaking to ESPN, Schweinsteiger said that he believes MLS can be on par with some of the top European leagues within the next 10 years.

Do the Revolution have any worthy MLS All-Stars?

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4 players with a shot to make the team.

Chicago Fire Manager Veljko Paunovic has decisions to make about the MLS All-Star squad.

On Friday, Major League Soccer revealed the Fan XI, which includes legends Bastian Schweinsteiger, Tim Howard and David Villa. But with less than half the roster constructed, Paunovic—who will coach the MLS All-Stars in August—can shape the rest of the team how he sees fit.

Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy's worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?

Seattle

Buy your tickets now for the Reign's July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you'll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 18 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 18 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Get Cincinnati to MLS

The game of the year in American club soccer was played – get this – in the U.S. Open Cup round of sixteen on a warm Wednesday night in June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fire Hang On For Massive Road Win

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There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in.

Nine-Man Orlando Keep Fire in Check

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The Chicago Fire had a superb opportunity to grab three very valuable away points on Sunday night, but failed to find a way to break down a closely packed Orlando City defense and had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0:0 draw. The home side went down to ten men when Rafael Ramos was sent off in the 26th minute after a clash with Brandon Vincent.

D.C. United vs. Chicago player ratings form

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Seeing where the bottom is on this group.

D.C. United was trying to salvage something in their match with the Chicago Fire, who are breaking in their shiny Designated Players nicely in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were looking for their first road win in a gajillion years. And they got their win in a quiet, convincing 1-0 fashion.

Real Salt Lake signs a DP, Pogba transfer to Manchester United under investigation: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/10/17

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Hump Day links!

Philadelphia Union News

Union 3, Red Bull 0: Player grades and analysis for a slump-busting victory
It looked like we might be headed for another drab draw on Saturday night, but something happened around the 70-minute mark that we haven't seen in some time.

MLS Week 8: Nagbe’s show for Portland

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Week 8 of the 2017 MLS season saw USMNT player Darlington Nagbe take a starring role in Portland's 2-1 win over Vancouver. Nagbe opened the scoring in the 18th minute at Providence Park, assisting on Darren Mattocks's goal in the 40th. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Vancouver in the 59th minute.

Bayern Munich

Mueller can imagine life after Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Disgruntled Germany star Thomas Mueller admits he can envisage leaving Bayern Munich after failing to shine recently for the German champions.

Mueller set up two goals for Germany in their 6-0 rout of Norway last Monday in a World Cup qualifier, but produced another poor display on the wing for Bayern in Saturday’s 2-0 league defeat at Hoffenheim.

Neuer replaces Lahm as Bayern’s captain

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will replace Philipp Lahm as Bayern Munich’s skipper for next season, the Bundesliga champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“Our number one is the number one (choice) - Manuel Neuer,” Rummenigge told Munich daily newspaper TZ.

Nemanja Nikolic

Unbeaten Run Reaches an Incredible 9 Matches

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It was a night of visceral dominance on Saturday at Toyota Park by a Chicago Fire side that came out hungry and did not stop until visiting Orlando City SC had been beaten to a pulp. No Fire player was more dominant than winger David Accam, who scored three times, to go along with an assist in a 4:0 rout.

Revolution vs. Fire: Storylines to follow in week 16

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Can the Revs stop Nemanja Nikolic? That, and three other headlines to track.

Two weeks removed from a 3-0 win over east-leading Toronto FC, the Revolution welcome the Fire to Gillette Stadium for a Saturday evening contest. Here are four storylines to follow ahead of the match:

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The Rest

Season review: Alejandro Bedoya’s year

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Photo by Earl Gardner Did the Philadelphia Union get the most out of Alejandro Bedoya this year? Did he provide what you'd expect a U.S. National team member to? Did he live up to expectations? I'd venture to guess that a lot of Union supporters would answer "no" to the [...]

Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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We spoke with Sean Spence of Hot Time In Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Union.

Eugene Rupinski, Brotherly Game) The Fire seem to be doing just fine with Bastian Schweinsteiger out injured.

Fantasy Focus: All Rev-ed Up

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All they do is Nguyen

Our leader this round was HICKENHÖPPER FC, who scored 125 points. Captain Kei Kamara (NE, $9.8) led the team with a hat trick and 38 points, while his teammate Lee Nguyen (NE, $11.00) tallied four assists and 19 points of his own. Roman Alessandrini (LA, $10.

Around The Forest: U-20 World Cup, Bastian Schweinsteiger and more

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It's time to get caught up on all you missed over the weekend.

Sit back grab your favorite morning beverage and catch up on all the things you missed.

Timbers

Quotes & Notes | Montréal Impact 4, Portland Timbers 1 | May 20, 2017 | Portland Timbers
"I think you have to look at the first 17 minutes, really.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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It's not looking great.

All right, the less said about last weekend's game, the better. Was it the first D.C. United game I've ever left early? Maybe. Should we dwell? Definitely not.

Instead, let's focus on tomorrow's game, which will totally not be a horrific loss! Lol jk, it's going to suck.

Rapids Hope To Be A Firebreak

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So after breaking our losing streak its a quick turnaround with a midweek game tomorrow in Chicago and then the trip continues to Philly on Saturday. The Rapids will face one of the biggest new names in the league in Chicago, Bastian Schweinsteiger. Game time tomorrow is 6:30pm and the game is on Altitude.

Looking back at the Fire's last big signing in 2007, Cuauhtemoc Blanco

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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece over at theAthletic.com about Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival and how it compared to the Fire's last big name signing in 2007. I spoke to the Fire's General Manager at the time, John Guppy about the buzz and excitement created by Cuauhtemoc Blanco's arrival and how a short-notice announcement of an introduction turned into 5,000 people showing up at Toyota Park to greet him.