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Johnson dropped for USA World Cup games

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Chicago (AFP) – Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Fabian Johnson was a notable omission as United States coach Bruce Arena named a 26-man squad on Sunday for his team’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Johnson has made only a handful of appearances for his Bundesliga club this season, but started in his team’s 2-1 win over Hanover96 on Saturday.

Johnson dropped for USA World Cup games

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Chicago (AFP) – Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Fabian Johnson was a notable omission as United States coach Bruce Arena named a 26-man squad on Sunday for his team’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Johnson has made only a handful of appearances for his Bundesliga club this season, but started in his team’s 2-1 win over Hanover96 on Saturday.

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.

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.

Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit pick up Morgan Proffitt

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Chicago waived Proffitt after acquiring Kristie Mewis in trade with Washington

After the Chicago Red Stars acquired Kristie Mewis in a trade with the Washington Spirit on Monday, Chicago waived rookie midfielder Morgan Proffitt to make room. Today, the Spirit claimed Proffitt off the waiver wire.

Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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The Spirit, with only one home game between now and mid-August, need to take three points against the Thorns

The Washington Spirit, coming off of a 1-1 draw in Chicago, face the Portland Thorns tonight in a key match for both teams. The Thorns suffered a disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sky Blue FC last week and are looking to bounce back tonight and in their upcoming midweek game.

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.

Major League Soccer

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 24 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Takes Control

The game of the weekend took place in Bridgeview, where those in the Chicago soccer community were calling the Fire’s clash with Toronto FC the biggest game at Toyota Park in five years.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 24 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 24 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Toronto Takes Control

The game of the weekend took place in Bridgeview, where those in the Chicago soccer community were calling the Fire’s clash with Toronto FC the biggest game at Toyota Park in five years.

MLS Week 20: Guzan with Atlanta, road win for Red Bulls

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Week 20 of the 2017 MLS season resumed with Atlanta United shutting out Orlando City 1-0 at Orlando on Friday. Hector Villalba scored in the 86th minute. Brad Guzan made five saves in his debut for Atlanta.

"More important than coming back into the league, it was important to go on the road and find a way to get a result," Guzan said.

DMV pro soccer recaps, USMNT jersey leaks & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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This is a little more serious than usual.

Hi. Off we go:

Recaps of Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United from us (with more from us here), MLS and WaPo. Waking The Red has the GTO take.

Ordega's goal helps Spirit to 1-1 tie at Chicago - Black And Red United: Francisca Ordega helped celebrate Caprice Dydasco's return to the roster by scoring as the Washington Spirit drew with the Chicago Red Stars, putting them 8th in the NWSL.

MLS Scores: Chicago and Portland win at home

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The abbreviated MLS schedule saw six teams in action on Saturday due to the international break. Chicago extended their home winning streak to six games, shutting out Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. Luis Solignac scored in the 29th with Nemanja Nikolic converting a penalty in the 70th minute.

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.

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.

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.

Chicago Fire

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-Fire Prevent The Sweep Edition

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The Revs need to make a playoff push, but that means getting points at Chicago, something that usually doesn't happen.

My friend Sean Spence is happy.

His soccer team is good, his city just hosted the MLS All-Star game and not even me insulting that deep dish casserole Chicago Fire fans call pizza can break up his happiness.

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.

New England Revolution

Fire 2 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

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Winning on the road against conference opponents will get you into the playoffs. Chicago managed to escape a flurry of missed chances by a New England Revolution side that had yet to lose a game at home to keep pace with Toronto FC at the top of the Eastern Conference and MLS overall. The victory brings the Fire record to 9-3-4 on the season and they have equalled their point total (31) from all of 2016.

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.

Christen Press

Match preview: Boston vs North Carolina

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Just hold on, team.

So. The Boston Breakers are sitting at eighth in the league with a 2-4-2 record. Their last five games are all losses or draws after what seemed like a pretty bright start to the season. They've shown that they can score in games; what they need now is to show they can hold on to a lead and not cough up equalizers or winning goals.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Rest

A Wet Night in the Windy City: Observations from the MLS All-Star Game

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One of our own takes advantage of a trip to Chicago by catching the ASG at Soldier Field. It doesn't go well.

Realio's Log:

2:30 p.m.: I wake from a nap refreshed and excited to go watch some live soccer in a football stadium!! Outside it looks overcast. My app assures me that rain is 0% chance until 11 p.

Fire 4 Whitecaps 0 - recap and ratings

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What could have been a letdown following Wednesday night's ouster from US Open Cup play, resulted in the Fire trouncing an opponent 4-0 for a second consecutive home match and assuming first place in the MLS table and a lead in the Supporters Shield race. Toronto FC's 3-1 loss in Dallas combined with the Fire's win pushed Chicago two points clear for top honors in the league.

Fire 2 Atlanta United 0 - recap and ratings

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No matter the sport, the good teams manage to still win when they're not at their best. The Fire did just that in a 2-0 win at home against an Atlanta United side that routed them 4-0 back in March. Chicago wasn't quite hitting on all cylinders and wasted several good chances but did just enough to pick up their eighth win of the season.

Fire 0 Orlando City 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire wasted an opportunity to pick up three points on the road against a direct Eastern Conference playoff rival. Thanks to a questionable straight red card shown to Rafael Ramos in the 26th minute and another straight red to Antonio Nocerino in the 66th, Chicago played with an advantage for much of the game but couldn't capitalize or break down Orlando's packed-in defense.

An underdog story in the US Open Cup

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - Christos FC, the amateur adult league team from Baltimore, is quite the story in this year's edition of the US Open Cup. The team is little more than a weekend pastime for its players, many of whom gave up on serious careers long ago and who very rarely train together.

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.

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.

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.