Chicago Fire Soccer

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.

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.

Maths Apology: Which 2015 Fire Players Earned Their Salaries?

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Chicago sheda lotof player contracts last week as new GM Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunovoic freed up as many dollars as possible for the upcoming MLS postseason scramble.

As Phase One of theRe-Entry draft begins it's worth taking a look at how the2015 Fire performed in context totheir MLS salaries.

Bum Fights at the Blackjack Table: Chicago Plays Philly in Back-to-Back Shrug Off

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In case youhaven't successfullysifted through U.S. Open Cup game date information (info whichMajor League Soccerhas little incentiveto promote), theChicago Fire are meeting fellow cellar dwellingPhiladelphia Union in a semi-final match tomorrow,Wednesday 8/12.

Chicago Fire are World Beaters… For a Half

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The Chicago Fire uncorked their attacking power when they took on New York City FC on Friday at Yankee Stadium and were 2:0 up before a half hour had elapsed. But fundamental defensive errors at the most crucial moments proved costly, as NYC conjured goals in stoppage time of both halves and salvaged a point that they had no business winning.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) – San Jose Earthquakes (2)

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Coach Frank Yallop gives the Fire's 2-1 loss75% of athumbs up. (Via

James Vlahakis' review of the Fire's 2-1 loss to San Jose isan exercise in restrained rage.

This was a match that will stick out in the memories of the Fire faithful.

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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.

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.

#cf97 – Hope, Passion and the Fire’s Three-Way Battle for ‘Keeper

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I'm back, with another installment of my "Monday Musings" column on a Tuesday. Why am I back? Or, why was I gone? The answer to both questions is simple: a loss of "passion" for my beloved Chicago Fire Soccer Club. I'd been sitting on a draft of this piece, weighing whether my passion has beenproperly reignited.

OTF Roundtable: Silent Sigh

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Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and Head Coach Veljko PaunoviccallingBrian Blissto get his laptoppassword.

Frankly, all of Fire Nationwas hoping we'd have morethings to talkaboutby now, but no dice.

Withthe international transfer window now open and the MLS Superdraft combine beginningtoday Chicagocontinues toshed both salaries, personalities, and staff.

Fire Attack Out of Ideas, Out of Cup

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The story that played out at PPL Park on Wednesday night was depressingly similar to the story that has been on display all season for the Chicago Fire. The Fire offense was missing a beginning, middle and end, so it was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union, no less feeble in attack than the Fire, would find the goal that would propel them to their second US Open Cup Final in as many years.


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Ah, SCHADENFREUDE! Sepp Blatter has just announced his resignation!


Between coaching two AYSO teams, playing weekday and Sunday League soccer, being devoted to following the Chicago Fire, and watching the occasional EPL or friendly match, there's not a lot of free time.

Tactical Notes: Sporting Kansas City Have the Edge Over the Fire

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Chicago Fire's lack of finishingupfront putsa heavy burden on the backline.

The Chicago Fire saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday when they dropped a narrow 1:0 decision to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Substitute Paulo Nagamura scored the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.

Happy Christmas: Here’s Some Gifs of New Fire Acquisition David Accam

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While we all await the next Chicago Fire announcement, we may as well relishthe organization's biggest acquisition of recent memory — David Accam...

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The man's got speed, and style,now all the Fire need is service:

"Beep beep boop boop. Are you there Mr Yallop, it's me, David.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (0) at Montreal Impact (1)

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Red vs Blue, the Battle for the Bottom (Photo Chicago Fire)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey demands an attitude adjustment after Chicago Fire's 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact...

Nothing about this Chicago Fire team merits comment. Not one of the players on the pitch deserves to have any notice taken of them; they have played themselves into inconsequence.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (5) at New York Red Bulls (4)

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Shock and Awe: Harry Shipp notches his first hat trick for Chicago Fire (photo: Chicago Fire Facebook page)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey is still reeling from Chicago Fire's first win of the season...

Oh, what a Shipp show.

It wasn't pretty. Sometimes things don't have to be.

Why USMNT World Cup success could be good for Chicago Fire

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OTF's Austin Fido continues his look at the effects of the World Cup on MLS with a peek at the Fire's 2014 summer schedule ...

Last week, I wrote this piece about possible player absences in MLS brought about by World Cup preparations.

Juan Agudelo Goal: Best Non-Goal of the Year?

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It was the goal of the weekend and maybe one of the goals of the year, but... was it actually a goal?

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Maths Apology: Salary vs Performance Breakdown

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TheFire are amidstaflurry of Nordic signings, andjust weeks earlier Coach Frank Yallop and Technical Director Brian Bliss optedtopick up only six of a possible seventeen contract renewals.

Most fans tracking theFire Front Office's moves thus far assume that manyof those athletes who were not offered a contractrenewal may wind up back on the team with a renegotiated salary.