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Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham beats Fire, Villa downs Dynamo, and more

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In what was most likely his last game on home soil, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel emerged victorious.

The American goalkeeper played 78 minutes and kept a clean sheet in club's last stateside friendly, as Spurs knocked off the Chicago Fire 2-0.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams will look to improve their league's recent results against English Premier League sides in a trio of intriguing friendlies taking place across the country today.

The New York Red Bulls take on Arsenal today at Red Bull Arena in a match that will have special significance for Red Bulls star and Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) at San Jose Earthquakes (5)

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Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks "Then why are your having fun for?" after a 5-1 loss to San Jose...

A postmatch should have analysis and critique, calling out the poor and highlighting the well played.

Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts

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Several Premier League clubs are currently over in North America on pre-season tours to get the squadprepared and to test out new formations for the up-coming season in Britain.

MLS Scores: Big wins for Manchester City, Manchester United, and San Jose

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Manchester City and Manchester United beat MLS teams in friendlies while San Jose scored 5 goals against Chicago. Read More

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Philadelphia Union (1)

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"Don't worry guys, we'll remember this moment with no mixed emotions, at all!" (

After the latest Fire "result," OTF's Alex White wonders if there is any meaning to be found...

Another match drawn. Another lead lost. There is more to be said on that front, so watch this space for an analysis to come.

Union salvage point with stoppage time equalizer against Fire

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For the second time this week, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastian Le Toux was clinical from the penalty spot, but Saturday's equalizer proved to be a bit more meaningful.

Le Toux converted from the spot in stoppage time, earning the Union a late 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.

Match recap: Chicago Fire 1–1 Philadelphia Union

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Missing Maidana and feeling the grind of their third game in eight days, the Union stole a point at the death from the Chicago Fire.

Must See-Video: Mike Magee’s Day Off Outtakes and Deleted Scenes

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Mike Magee’s Day Off

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This happens to be one of the many reasons why I love Major League Soccer. Clever spoof of a favorite movie of mine too.

Watch MLS’s Parody of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Movie [VIDEO]

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As a tribute to the beloved 80′s comedyFerris Bueller's Day Off, MLS and KickTV have released their own version staring the reigning MLS MVP and Chicago Fire's Mike Magee in "One Player's Struggle to Take it Easy" featuring an all-star group of America's best MLS players including Omar Gonzalez, Thierry Henry, Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux and Michael Bradley.

Fire add to midfield depth with Cocis signing

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The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.

The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at New England Revolution (0)

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Quincy Amarikwa knows what's what (Photo: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey is stunned into joy after Chicago Fire's win on Saturday...

A win. An actual win. The first league win since May 18th. What's wonderful about this victory over New England Revolution is that one result turns a "winless streak" into an "undefeated run.

Amarikwa’s Early Goal Sinks Revs 1-0

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – An early strike from Quincy Amarikwa marked the difference as the Chicago Fire topped the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night in Foxboro.

A turnover by the New England Revolution, combined with a chipped through ball from Mike Magee gave Amarikwa a breakaway chance in the third minute which he didn't miss, and which turned out to be the only goal in the match.

Amarikwa’s early tally sends Fire to victory against reeling Revs

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The Chicago Fire might still be near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but Frank Yallop's men have started to show signs of life lately.

A positive stretch for the Fire continued Saturday night at Gillette Stadium as a third-minute display of physical prowess by Quincy Amarikwa, who shrugged off the rugged Andrew Farrell to score a third minute winner in a 1-0 road victory over the reeling New England Revolution.

US Open Cup Quarterfinals: MLS teams advance to the semifinals

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MLS had good results in the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open Cup, with four MLS teams advancing to the semifinals. Read More

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: No Passion in Kansas City

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Papa explaining why draws are bullshit. (photo:

A frustrating day in Kansas City, but any day at the fights is a good one for Ernest Hemingway. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from Papa...

We were sitting in the blue stands on the north bank of the arena and I was already tired of Cohn.

Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer Booked For Celebrating Goal Against Chicago Fire With ‘Selfie’ (Photo)

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After nabbing the ball from a dilly-dallying Chicago Fire defender and slotting his shot past the 'keeper to open the scoring, Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer went and got himself booked during his celebration though not for any of the usual heinous post-goal crimes; removing one's shirt, leaping into the front row, etc, etc.

SBI Sunday Rewind: Sporting KC, Fire draw; Adu goes on trial with AZ; and more

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On a World Cup rest day, Major League Soccer continued, with the defending champions returning home to take on the Chicago Fire. In hot and humid conditions, neither team was able to find the final breakthrough as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer scored the opener in the 33rd minute when he took advantage of a poor mistake by Patrick Ianni and finished one-on-one with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Dwyer, Magee score in 1-1 draw at sweltering Sporting Park

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.

Sean Johnson

Breakdown: Fire at Earthquakes

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A visual of the Fire on Wednesday night (unknown)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's train wreck in San Jose...

After much deliberation since the final whistle of the Fire's 5-1 defeat at San Jose on Wednesday night, I concluded that a train wreck was a better description than a dumpster fire (and I used the dumpster fire after the Columbus road fiasco in May).

Postgame quotes: Fire 1-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Sebastien Le Toux, and Zac MacMath. Also, Chicago's frustration with the penalty kick call.

Game thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Bridgeview in an attempt to put out the Fire in a critical Eastern Conference match.

Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
July 19, 2014
8:30 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey
Alex, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield Danny Cruz, Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, Vincent Nogueira
Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares Defense Ray Gaddis, Ethan White, Maurice Edu, Sheanon Williams
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Greg Cochrane, Marco Franco, Grant Ward, Chris Ritter, Matthew Fondy Bench Andre Blake, Fabinho, Fred, Brian Carroll, Brian Brown, Andrew Wenger, Aaron Wheeler
Stats (Explained Here)

Opposite View: Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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This week we sit down with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SBN's Chicago Fire blog and talk about one of the teams with whom we are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

tBG) The Chicago Fire on paper are a solid team, with players like Sean Johnson, Bakary Soumare, and Mike Magee.

Breakdown: Fire at New England

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Winning is so much better than drawing (

T.J. Zaremba dissectsan ugly, but necessary, road win by the Men In Red

After going over 1107 days without a win on an artificial surface, the Chicago Fire won their second inside of a week on Saturday night with a 1-0 over the New England Revolution in suburban Boston.

OTF Rountable: Chicago Fire Week 18

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Sean J under siege in KC (

Play for the draw? It's a mixed bag from the Roundtable this week...

To begin on a positive note, well done to the Men in Red for their 3-1 victory in Atlanta over the Silverbacks on Wednesday night in U.S. Open Cup play.

Breakdown: Fire at Sporting Kansas City

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Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (

T.J. Zaremba dissectsanother one point pick up for the Fire.

On the surface, the Chicago Fire tying another game is not news worthy. After all, they are the "Kings of the Draw".

But, considering Sporting KC is number two in the East, did not have a midweek game, returned US International Graham Zusi to their 18and were in front of their fans at Sporting Park, I conclude the Fire took a point instead of dropping two.

Bakary Soumare

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union, Game 2

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One Point! Of course we always get one point! (

T.J. Zarembatries to find somethingto take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw...

After a gritty win on the road last Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Fire returned to their "Kings of the Draw" form on Saturday night with another uninspiring performance against the Philadelphia Union.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 19

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It's unanimous. Harry is Most Outstanding (

OTF Roundtablers break out their grade books and embark upon a mid-term review...

17 games in and Chicago Fire sits at 3-4-10, eighth place in the MLS Eastern Conference, and a mere four points off the thin red playoff line.

Philadelphia Union

When you're hot you're hot, you really shoot your shot: Chicago Fire 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A last minute penalty saved the Union from disappointment as Le Toux's shot stole the Union a point in Toyota Park.

Playing their third game in eight days, the Philadelphia Union played like it Saturday night at Toyota Park. But thanks to a controversial late penalty call, the Union managed a 1-1 draw in a crucial road match that all things considered will have them sleeping well at night.

The Whole Story: Matchday 21 The Chicago Fire

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After a solid weeknight win against their rivals from New Jersey, the Union now head out to Chicago to take on the Fire. The Union snatched a draw from the jaws of victory the last time they were out there - can they put together another solid 90 minute performance or will we see more points slip through our fingers?

Union vs Fire quick reference

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Get up to speed on the Union-Fire series history. We've got all of the match stats, highlights from our match reports and analysis, video highlights, and more.

Saturday In The Park: I think the Union take on the Fire

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Listen children, all is not lost, all is not lost, oh no, no

For the 2nd time this season the Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire (8:30 EST, CSN Philly, MLS Live). People will be dancing and smiling and men will be selling ice cream. Those of you that are old enough or old school enough to know the song reference can dig it.

Sporting Kansas City

Mid-Season Player Grades

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Last week at home against the Chicago Fire was the midpoint of the season for Sporting KC. They currently sit on 26 points, second place in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind leaders, DC United. That's the same number of points that the team had last year at this point of the season as well. With the half way point hit, here is a look at player grades for the first half of the 2014 season.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at Sporting Kansas City (1)

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Section 8 making the trip to Kansas (photo credit: Nick Tre. Smith from Sporting Kansas City Facebook page)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey tries to shake the doldrums after Chicago Fire draw once more...

Some were concernedthe World Cup break would leave many and most MLS sides needing to shake off cobwebs.

Sporting Tie Chicago at Home Again

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The Chicago Fire is just not a team that Sporting KC really likes to face, especially at home. Since 2008 Sporting KC is 1-2-5 at home against the Fire. And today at Sporting Park once again Kansas City and Chicago played to a draw. This time a 1-1 draw on national TV as both teams capitalized on defensive mistakes to each take a point.

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Video Chicago Fire vs Tottenham 2014 Highlights Kane Lennon Goals Friendly Toyota Park

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Earthquakes push five past Fire in impressive victory

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Not since 2012 had the San Jose Earthquakes offense been so deadly, putting up five goals on Wednesday in an impressive victory over the Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes were on the sweet end of a 5-1 rout against the Fire at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night, with five different players finding the back of the net for San Jose.

Monday Morning Game-Changers hits the spot

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Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.

With yet another week of three games in eight days, it is an extra long edition of game changers.

Transfer windows opens as Fire search for reinforcements

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This is a busy week for Frank Yallop and the Chicago Fire technical staff. Following Sunday's 1-1 draw in Kansas City, the team returned to training today and depart for Atlanta this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's US Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NASL's Silverbacks. They'll go from Atlanta to Boston, where they'll train on Friday in preparation for a Saturday match with the New England Revolution.