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Nemanja Nikolic

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:


Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings

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The excitement of Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal scoring debut was tempered by an all too familiar sight at Toyota Park. The Fire squandered and early lead and failed to put away an opponent that they should have been able to beat at home. Over the last several seasons, they have blown countless opportunities at home while not being able to accumulate points against teams playing at considerably less than full strength.

Major League Soccer

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.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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It shouldn't come as a total shock that FC Dallas is involved in a marquee match this weekend because its been featured in plenty of top-notch contests early in 2017. This time, Oscar Pareja's men face Sporting Kansas City in a top-of-the-table clash that highlights the weekend's action in Major League Soccer.

MLS: Lady At Airport Politely Asks Bastian Schweinsteiger To Take Photo Of Her Posing With Rest Of Chicago Fire Players

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He may well be a Champions League winner, a Bundesliga octo-champ and a Weltmeister, but it would appear that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't quite what you'd call a household name across the pondjust yet.

Indeed, the ex-Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder was politely asked by a lady at Toronto Airport if he'd kindly take a photo of her posing with the rest of his Chicago Fire teammates.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 7, TV and Streaming Listings

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A Friday triple-header and MLS comes to FOX. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Friday sees three MLS games on the schedule, two being on National TV and one being the first Cascadia Cup match of the year as the Sounders head to Vancouver (this is not the gamethread you are looking for).

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

Five points. After four matches played in MLS, the Chicago Fire sit on five points. It must be noted that this is the same points total at this juncture of the season last year, and has been about average for the Fire over the last seven playoff-less years.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week 5)

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In a week where Major League Soccer's goalkeeping was pretty abysmal, Bill Hamid was a ray of sunshine in a storm of blunders.

The D.C. United goalkeeper was outstanding on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union, making several highlight-reel saves to earn his team its first win of the year, and secure a place on SBI's MLS Best XI for Week 5.

MLS reverses the scoreless draws

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Monday's soccer news starts with an uncomfortable Friday night for MLS. With the league schedule returning in full force following the international break, two games available nationally ended scoreless. It looked like the league of ties had already returned by week 5 of the 2017 MLS season. Instead, what happened was an entertaining weekend with several multi-goal games.

Musket Rounds: Michael Bradley deserves more credit, plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading following a busy weekend of soccer.

The Revolution earned a point in Portland, four MLS teams made trades and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire debut. It was a busy weekend in American soccer.

Here's what we're reading today:

Revolution News

Revolution steal a point in Stumptown / The Bent Musket

A late equalizer from Lee Nguyen helped the Revs earn a highly-coveted point at Providence Park.

How to Watch the MLS weekend in Week 5, TV and Streaming Listings

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It was a big week of trades and a World Cup winner makes his MLS debut. Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his MLS debut on Saturday as the Chicago Fire host the Montreal Impact (Noon, MLS Live).

Bundesbanter: Chicago Fire Back Bastian Schweinsteiger As Veteran Midfielder Embarks On ‘Road To Russia’ (Photo)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's great American adventure got off to a suitably ridiculous start when a befuddled local journalist asked the German midfielder if he was hoping to score at the World Cup with Chicago Fire at his introductory press conference.

Indeed, scholars of the game may note that Chicago Fire aren't technically eligible to compete in World Cups, principally because they are not aninternational side of a recognised FIFA member state.

MLS: Bastian Schweinsteiger Asked About Possibility Of Winning ‘World Cup’ With Chicage Fire By Confused Reporter (Photos)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger endured a horrible time at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but is now embarking on a new, and hopefully for him, fruitful adventure in the USA.

On his arrival at new club Chicago Fire, Schweinsteiger has created quite a stir, drawing a large crowd to the airport.

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However, at an introductory press conference, the German World Cup winner was asked a rather odd question and one which will reinforce the often unfair view that the US is still yet to get fully up to speed with the world of 'soccer', with a reporter asking:

I wonder, with your addition to this team, is it a fair expectation to see a clearpathway towards a World Cup competition to come out of Chicago?

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.

Rodriguez confident Schweinsteiger can make impact with Fire

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Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is aware of the skepticism that comes with the signing of 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Designated Player, and he's also ready to combat the critics that the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United man will be a success with the club that has a not-so-great history with DPs.

Major Link Soccer: Bastian Schweinsteiger to Chicago

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RSL fires Jeff Cassar and the Copa America will return to the US in 2020.


Bastian Schweinsteiger is coming to MLS - the 32-year-old former German captain will join the Chicago Fire on a 1-year deal as their third DP.

RSL has parted ways with head coach Jeff Cassar, and will begin looking at potential candidates to replace him immediately.

Man Utd Allow Bastian Schweinsteiger To Join Chicago Fire, German Midfielder Signs One-Year Contract With MLS Side

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Word on the wire today is that Manchester United are close to allowing Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave the club mid-season in favour of a switch to MLS.

The German, who has made just four appearances for United this season, has reportedly agreed a short-term deal with Chicago Fire.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a deal was struck between the two clubs yesterday with a medical and a Visa now the only obstacles to overcome.

Done Deal: Manchester United complete transfer of midfielder; player could move by the middle of next week

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Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has joined Major League Soccer side, Chicago Fire.

The move could be completed by the middle of next week, depending on his P1 visa application and a successful medical.

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Chicago Fire

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.

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.

Know Thy Emeny: Revs-Fire Preview with Hot Time In Old Town

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For the first time in recent memory...are the Chicago Fire good at soccer?

Years ago, when the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution clashed in epic bouts in the postseason, a rivalry was born. But gone are the days where the Revs eliminated the Fire four times in the postseason in six years and these two teams met regularly in October.

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Dare they believe? This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on the back of a Nemanja Nikolic goal and what appeared to be a strong tactical display. A formation change, organizational fortitude, and an air of confidence saw them across the line in more ways than one with Chicago finding themselves in fourth place at the end of the week's matches.

Fire v Impact match preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal

The mixed bag keeps on giving. Just two days after a shocking 4-0 thrashing at the hands of expansion side Atlanta United, the Chicago Fire announced the long-rumored signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Despite making several key signings in the offseason there was still something missing for the Chicago side, and Nelson Rodriguez seems to have addressed that now.

Schweinsteiger to Chicago, Union weekly schedule: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/22/17

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Whole lot of links today.

Philadelphia Union News

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: Players rest up and shift focus to DC during international break
Philadelphia Union have announced their training schedule for March 21-26.

Can they nab Matt Polster after the Schweinsteiger signing?

New questions arise as Schweinsteiger makes long-awaited move to Fire

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After what felt like years of reports and rumors, Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally joined the Chicago Fire. It's a move long in the making, one that finally sees one of the league's premier franchises make a push towards something big.

Still, one question remains, and it's a big one: now what?

Fire sign German star Bastian Schweinsteiger

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A long-rumored, major roster move in Chicago has moved from the realm of wishful fantasy to reality.

Former Bayern Munichand German National Team legend, and current Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger has reportedly officially agreed to join the Chicago Fire effective immediately pending a physical and visa application, reports the Chicago Tribune.

D.C. United

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.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/28/17

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Curl up with some links before the USA game.

Philadelphia Union News

Bedoya becoming important cog in USMNT offense
In the 6-0 drubbing of Honduras on March 24, midfielder Alejandro Bedoya recorded his fourth assist in his last 14 US Men's National Team appearances.

Manchester United

Video: Man Utd’s tribute video of Bastian Schweinsteiger walking around, not playing football

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Schweinsteiger: United fans are special

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has today confirmed that he is leaving Manchester United and is set to move to the MLS to play for Chicago Fire. Once he has passed the medical and been given a visa, he will leave United.

The German's career at Old Trafford essentially ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed, even if the midfielder did go on to make a surprise four appearances this season, having previously been made to train with the Reserves.

Mourinho says Schweinsteiger staying at United

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) One-time outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger appears to be back in favour with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who insisted Sunday the World Cup winner was staying at Old Trafford despite having yet to appear in the Premier League this season.

The 32-year-old former Bayern Munich lynchpin started his first game in over a year on Sunday and scored his first goal since November 2015 as they beat second-tier Wigan 4-0 in the FA Cup.

The Rest

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.


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.

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 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.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arena's USMNT, and more: Freedom Kicks for Thursday, March 23

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FYI: no one refers to their daughter as their girlfriend

Good morning! Bastian Schweinsteiger is still making headline and I still double-check his name every time I type it. Other than that, there's a variety of news circling around today.

Chicago Fire taking a huge risk by signing Bastian Schweinsteiger | SBNation.

January window approaches - what's next for the Fire?

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The additions of Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho make the Fire a better team but there is still plenty of work to be done to get back into serious consideration for a playoff spot next season. Goalkeeper, right back, right mid, and that "boss" in central midfield that Nelson Rodriguez referenced last week are still on the shopping list.

Mourinho: Everyone is happy for Basti and he could be here next season

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Bastian Schweinsteiger played in his first game of the season in Wednesday's 4-1 win over West Ham. Jose Mourinho made it clear in the summer that the German was surplus to requirements, leaving Schweinsteiger to train away from the first team.

However, with the suspension of Paul Pogba and injury of Marouane Fellaini, Mourinho called on Schweinsteiger to come off the bench.