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Colorado Rapids

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.

Road Futility Continues for Fire

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(Photo courtesy David Zalubowski AP)

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.

Boston

Boston drops lead to Chicago in 1-1 tie

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What a weird game.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Amanda Frisbie, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Christen Westphal, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Rose Lavelle, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie

It was a game of back-and-forth in the first half of Chicago vs Boston. Boston tried to open up strong from the starting whistle, with Rose Lavelle finding Adriana Leon in a nice pocket of space in front of goal in the 5'.

Match preview: Boston looks for away points in Chicago

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Another test for Boston as they go on the road.

The Boston Breakers are looking for their first away points of the season as they face the Chicago Red Stars away at Toyota Park. The Breakers are coming off two wins and one loss at home, while Chicago also has a mixed bag of results, beating FC Kansas City and the Houston Dash at home, but losing to Houston away, as well as losing to Portland away.

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.

AFP

US women’s football to host Japan, Aussies, Brazil in new event

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Chicago (AFP) – Reigning Women’s World Cup champion United States will host top-10 rivals Australia, Japan and Brazil in a new tournament this year and next, the US Soccer Federation said Wednesday.

The first Tournament of Nations will be staged July 27 to August 3 in Seattle, San Diego and suburban Los Angeles with a second round-robin event involving the same four nations to be staged in 2018.

Schweinsteiger ‘sad’ after goalscoring Chicago debut

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Chicago (AFP) – Bastian Schweinsteiger launched his Major League Soccer career with a debut goal on Saturday but was left unsatisfied after Chicago Fire’s 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact.

The former Germany, Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder headed home from close range after 17 minutes to give Chicago a 1-0 lead over the Canadian club.

Schweinsteiger eager to start MLS career

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Chicago (AFP) – German star Bastian Schweinsteiger said he is ready to make an immediate start to his Major League Soccer career with Chicago Fire at a formal presentation before journalists here Wednesday.

The 32-year-old former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder told reporters he was available to make his debut in Chicago’s clash with Montreal Impact this Saturday if selected.

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.

Chicago Fire

Harry Shipp “feels good” about second Chicago homecoming

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Now that the midfielder is settled and happy in Seattle, returning to the Fire feels much more bearable

It's no surprise that Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp feels somewhat bittersweet going into this weekend's road match at Chicago Fire. Not only did Shipp grow up in nearby Lake Forest, but he also grew up a fan of the Fire.

How To Watch Revs-Fire: Preview, Lineups, TV Info and more

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New England is looking to prove they're a contender in the East, but so are the hosts, and points in Chicago won't be easy.

If you were to really ask who the true New England Revolution rival is, the Chicago Fire will be on the list, perhaps still at the top for many.

Multiple playoff series from the 2000s combined with both teams being perennial powers in the East and MLS made it easy for these two teams and their fanbases to dislike each other.

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.

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.

David Accam

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.