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Schweinsteiger signs for Chicago Fire: Man Utd

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Chicago (AFP) – Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire from Premier League giants Manchester United, the English club confirmed on Tuesday.

Schweinsteiger, a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team, heads to the United States after an unhappy stint with Manchester United, where he has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

Trump presidency could scupper US World Cup bid – Gulati

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Chicago (AFP) A Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential elections could scupper America's chances of mounting a successful bid for the 2026 World Cup, the country's top soccer official told US media outlets on Tuesday.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Trump's election could adversely affect international opinion of the United States, potentially dealing a fatal blow to hopes of gathering enough votes to land the tournament.

Venezuela edge 10-man Jamaica in Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Venezuela defeated Jamaica 1-0 in a physical Copa America Centenario clash here Sunday that saw the Reggae Boyz reduced to 10 men while coach Winfried Schaefer was expelled from the dugout.

Jamaica, riding high after a shock friendly victory over Copa America champions Chile in a warm-up last week, were left ruing a string of missed chances against their South American Group C rivals.

Venezuela edge 10-man Jamaica in Copa America

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Chicago (AFP) Venezuela defeated Jamaica 1-0 in a physical Copa America Centenario clash here Sunday that saw the Reggae Boyz reduced to 10 men while coach Winfried Schaefer was expelled from the dugout.

Jamaica, riding high after a shock friendly victory over Copa America champions Chile in a warm-up last week, were left ruing a string of missed chances against their South American Group C rivals.

Judge rules US women footballers cannot go on strike

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Chicago (AFP) USA Soccer welcomed a court ruling on Friday that women's national team members cannot go on strike over a pay dispute that had top players saying they would consider boycotting the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Friday's decision from Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in federal court in Chicago found that the players, represented by the Women's National Team Players Association, remained bound by a collective bargaining agreement that includes a no-strike clause, even though the deal had expired in 2012.

Judge rules US women footballers cannot go on strike

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Chicago (AFP) USA Soccer welcomed a court ruling on Friday that women's national team members cannot go on strike over a pay dispute that had top players saying they would consider boycotting the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Friday's decision from Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in federal court in Chicago found that the players, represented by the Women's National Team Players Association, remained bound by a collective bargaining agreement that includes a no-strike clause, even though the deal had expired in 2012.

Veljko Paunovic

MLS All-Star Game lands in Chicago this summer

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Chicago will host the 2017 MLS All-Star Game at Soldier Field on August 2. MLS Commissioner Don Garber, City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Fire owner Andrew Hauptman were on hand this afternoon to make the formal announcement. Veljko Paunovic will coach the MLS side against an opponent which has yet to be named, but sources indicate to Fire Confidential that Real Madrid will be announced as the competition in the near future.

Fire officially add Thiam via loan deal

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The arrival of Khaly Thiam in Chicago adds another midfield option for Veljko Paunovic. Thiam has been acquired on loan from Hungarian side MTK Budapest but in similar fashion to another Fire target, Michael de Leeuw, a competing MLS club held his Discovery Rights. In exchange for that, Chicago sent a conditional 2017 second round SuperDraft pick to the Columbus Crew.

David Accam

Revolution 1, Fire 2: Playoff hopes dim as the Revs lose to the Fire

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The Revs lose to the Chicago Fire, who are last in the East.

The New England Revolution's quest to earn a playoff spot became much more difficult on Sunday, as the team lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire.

Chicago grabbed the game's opening goal after just nine minutes. Brandon Vincent was the catalyst, as he combined with David Accam before hitting a cross from the left flank.

Gilberto's lack of production examined

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It's no secret that the Fire have been looking to add some punch to the attack. The roster is thin at the forward position. Kennedy Igboananike has had his moments this season but without David Accam for most of the early going Chicago has looked to their third Designated Player to deliver.

Fire notebook - injuries, transfers, and more

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In a coaching match-up of former players from each club flipped onto the opposing sideline, former Fire defender Jim Curtin will face off against former Union attacker Veljko Paunovic on Saturday. Chicago looks to be at less than full strength again and the home schedule that looked so favorable going into the season will be wasted if the Fire can't manage one win out of their first three games at Toyota Park.

Union vs Fire Preseason Recap

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Herbers scores, Fernandes impresses as the Union fall to the Chicago Fire

The Philadelphia Union continued their somewhat frustrating preseason with a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Fire earlier today from Clearwater, Florida. Chicago took the lead early after a Vincent Nogueira handball, which was a less than ideal start for a big name starter for the Union.

Philadelphia Union

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union (Away)

The streak continues. Chicago lost yet another road match as the Fire fell 2-1 against the Colorado Rapids this past Saturday. Veljko Paunovic was visibly angry as he and his players walked off the pitch in Commerce City and his weekly conference call showed hints of deviating from the usual "everything is fine" party line.

Fire v Union match preview

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After a two week break from league play the Fire are back in action and in need of some points at home. The opponent is off to a good start this season as a pair of young teams and coaches face off. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the challenge from former Fire defender Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union.

Fire v Union - preseason match preview

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The Fire face Philadelphia on Thursday at 3pm (stream at Chicago-Fire.com) in their second match of preseason. Martin Tomszak takes a look at Chicago's first test against MLS competition this year.

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Possession, passing, fluidity and goals!

Fire v Union - USOC semifinal match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Preview

This is a season defining moment for the Chicago Fire. There is no room for cute quips or funny intros to this week's preview; it's time for the squad to show that it has some character and pride left and get it done. Chicago takes on the Philadelphia Union in what is a must win match for both sides.

Showing No Love "The Second City" Heading Into Back-To-Back Games

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Philadelphia Union take on Chicago Fire in one semi-final of the US Open Cup. This is just year six for Union, but these two cities have a long sporting history from which to draw the ire for the opponent, and an interesting twist of fate has these two teams scheduled to play in Chester twice in four days.

Colorado Rapids

Road Futility Continues for Fire

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After the Chicago's Fire's woeful performance versus the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Good Park on Saturday, it was quite clear that July 9 cannot arrive fast enough. That is the first match for which new signing Michael de Leeuw will be eligible, and his goalscoring prowess is sorely needed to spark what has been primarily a moribund attack for the last-place Fire.

An Ugly Win Is Still 3 Points

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Great opening from the Rapids. Then 89 minutes of the same dreck we've seen over and over this season. After Serna's goal the Rapids had 1 shot on target the rest of the game (a good shot from distance by Torres). Attacking soccer huh? If we weren't playing the worst team in the Eastern Conference we don't win as Chicago had chance after chance, especially in the first half.

Boston

Match preview: can Boston earn points on the road against Chicago?

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Boston has a notoriously bad away record.

The Boston Breakers are not known for their heartiness on the road. They've lost all their away games this season and lost or tied every single away game last season. The last time they won away game was July 25, 2014, against the Western New York Flash.

Another narrow loss for Boston as they drop 1-0 to Chicago

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It was a rough night for a Boston team that should have gotten at least one goal.

Starting XI: Abby Smith (Libby Stout, 32'); Julie King, Kassey Kallman, Whitney Engen, Mollie Pathman; McCall Zerboni, Angela Salem (Elise Krieghoff, 86;), Kristie Mewis, Louise Schillgard; Stephanie McCaffrey, Kyah Simon (Katie Schoepfer, 67')

The same fog that crept over Jordan Field as night fell gathered in front of Chicago's goal and mystified Boston's forwards.

Breakers release details of the Alyssa Naeher trade

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Alyssa Naeher is going to Chicago

The Breakers finally released the official details of the Alyssa Naeher trade after news of the trade broke late Sunday night.

Boston is sending Alyssa Naeher and a 3rd-round pick in the 2016 college draft to Chicago. In exchange, Chicago is sending defender Whitney Engen, a 2nd-round pick in 2016, and a 2nd-round pick in 2017 to Boston.

Chicago Fire

Fire v Indy Eleven US Open Cup match preview

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What Are They All About? Indy Eleven Preview

The Return of the Cup! The Chicago Fire drew 1-1 against the Portland Timbers in their last MLS outing before a league wide break for COPA America Centenario but will find themselves back in action for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday against Indy Eleven (7:30 at Chicago-Fire.

Fire v Dynamo match preview

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Before the match preview, or along with it, you can catch audio of Nelson Rodriguez's media roundtable over at the Fire Confidential Live podcast page. Now for the match.

What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo Preview

Sweet Home Chicago. After an extensive road trip that saw the Chicago Fire traverse all over North America in the comfort of unchartered flights the team is coming back to the familiar confines of Toyota Park on Saturday to face the Houston Dynamo.

David Beckham, Chris Rolfe, and Patrick Nyarko: Freedom Kicks for 28 April 2016

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Beckham's road to a Miami team keeps hilariously fumbling.

It is a rainy morning here in Richmond, but just like the post office, Black & Red United are here for you despite the weather. On to the links!

Chris Rolfe leading the charge for D.C. United against Chicago | WJLA: D.C.

Peter Wilt

NASL Ticker: Chicago expansion, International Champions Cup and more

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A potential NASL expansion project continues to roll on, while one of this summer's biggest tournaments could be set to feature NASL representation.

Following the disbanding of theSting Trust, those behind theChicago NASL project have issued a statement thanking the group for their work in looking to bring a team to Chicago.

Wilt to leave Indy Eleven - One step close to NASL in Chicago

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Peter Wilt's exit from Indy Eleven became official today. The club announced its President and General Manager was departing in order to pursue the creation of an NASL club in Chicago. As first reported here last April, NASL has been working to land a club in Chicago for some time. Empire of Soccer identified Wilt and ownership group Club 9 Sports in October and today's news confirms that the Fire will have some competition for the pro soccer dollar soon.

Wilt set to depart Indy Eleven in pursuit of bringing NASL to Chicago

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Peter Wilt played an integral part in constructing Indy Eleven throughout the club's inaugural two seasons of NASL play. Now, the former Chicago Fire executive will attempt to do the same while returning to his former home.

Indy Eleven announced on Monday that Wilt isset totransition into a role with sports consulting firm CLUB 9 SPORTS while pursuing the creation of a Chicago NASL club.

The Rest

Fire v Crew match preview and season predictions

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The season is finally here. After the match preview, have a look at the Fire Confidential crew's season predictions.

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

It's finally here! After going undefeated in preseason, the Chicago Fire will face their first real challenge of 2017 as they take on Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at 1 p.

Fire drop Miami FC 5-2, continue preseason run

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The competition so far this preseason may not be of the highest quality, but the Fire continue to show that they are capable of putting away chances with a revamped attack. Chicago handled NASL side Miami FC easily en route to their fourth victory against zero losses in first team games this preseason.

Major Link Soccer: Allstar game hits the windy city

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The 2017 MLS Allstar game will be in Chicago, Maradona is going to Harvard, and Goals of the Week.

Seattle

The USL announced the 2017 schedule yesterday. S2 kicks off their 2017 season at home March 26th.

U.S. Soccer

Deadline day in Europe snagged one American.

Fire add Juninho to midfield mix

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The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in the upcoming SuperDraft, and General Allocation Money to Minnesota in order to complete the move.

Sounders vs. Chicago - Aftermatch Aftermath: We're talking 'bout Playoffs

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The Sounders won, again, and it's not getting boring. In fact, it may have only just begun to get interesting.

"Hello, MLS Cup Playoffs? It's the Seattle Sounders calling. Yes I'll hold," said the Seattle Sounders six and a half months ago. Can you imagine the hold-music one would endure in that time, the craziness of remaining on the line, hoping to one day have your call answered.

Washington Spirit will face Chicago Red Stars in NWSL semifinal

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After losing to Chicago on Saturday night, the Spirit will get a rematch at home this Friday

The Washington Spirit had the opportunity to secure the NWSL Shield, awarded to the regular season champions, last night against the Chicago Red Stars but the Spirit fell 3-1 in its final regular season match.

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

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But more importantly: La Croix.

Last time D.C. United went up against the Chicago Fire, they turned in a resounding 6-2 win. Granted, that was at home, but even on the road this week, is it too much to hope for three points again?

The Black-and-Red could certainly use the win. With so few games left in the season, every one is important for a team that's currently out of playoff contention.

Catching Up…

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I was away from my computer for a good week or so last week so I haven't really had the chance to post anything. But, I'm finally back and have a bit of catching up to do, so I'll start with the older news first and make my way to today.

First thing that I should mention is that we officially signed Bakasetas, on his birthday of all days.

Match preview: can the Breakers turn it around against Chicago?

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The Breakers are bottom of the table again, but it's early days.

You know that scene in Jurassic Park where Dr. Alan Grant has just climbed down the huge tree in the T-Rex paddock with one of the kids, Tim? And they just barely manage to get to the ground before the car smashes down over them, miraculously leaving them alive inside?

NWSL Gains Mentions Overseas with Damallsvenskan Yet Struggle for Mentions in the US

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Clubs gain mentions from Damallsvenskan teams, despite being ignored by U.S. commentators.

First it was Houston and Orlando. Then Washington. Then Chicago, and later Seattle.

Subtle really, in that ‘blink and you miss it' sort of way. But, despite it being an ungodly time in the morning for a soccer game in the United States, halfway across the world these NWSL teams were being mentioned on a global livestream.

Fire vs. Union: Who's worse?

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We know that both of these teams are bad, but we take on the monumental task of deciding which one's worse.

Both the Philadelphia Union and the Chicago Fire are very, very bad teams. This is an undeniable fact. But which of these two truly awful teams is worse? Record

Fire: Chicago is 6-12-4 through 22 games, with a points per game average of 1.