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Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Six

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Break the spell (image: sportsspyder.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 14.4/19 ( +0.4 from last week) MLSsoccer.com(13)

"Went on the road and got a point, which seems to be their thing.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Six

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Alex was a box-to-box force last Saturday (photo: thestate.com)

The Roundtable brings you some over-the-counter medicine for what ails the Fire...

Well, this week's question is obvious:

What needs to happen to turn all these Fire draws into wins?

Emanuel Corpus

Emanuel is on vacation this week.

Breakdown: Fire at Impact

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Yet another strong, gutsy performance by Quincy Amarikwa (photo: chicagotribune.com)

The Fire remain winless, but OTF editor Scott Fenwick finds improvement and joy in the numbers...

If you look at the metrics, it's truly bewildering Chicago didn't come away with its first win in Montreal last weekend.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at Montreal Impact (1)

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Capitaine Jeff et le match nul dans le Dome (photo: windsorstar.com)

OTF's Brendan Carr brings you a meditation on mediocrity...

The script before the match seemed to be more important than the result. It was the battle of the sweater vests, as the two Franks, Yallop and Klopas, faced off on the Stade Olympique carpet.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

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Saturday's match is very much about what Frank Klopas is capable of... (Photo: Getty Images)

OTF'sJon Denhamexplains the 'Frank' situationand applauds the Magee signing, while Sofiane Benzaza returns to provide le dossier sur L'Impact...

Zero. Nada. None.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Five

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Matt Watson's played admirably so far this season. Would he be in your starting XI? (photo: sportsspyder.com)

Five games in, it's a Roundtable full of gaffers...

Four draws in a row.

At times the Fire are so close to victory, yet so far as well. The margins are indeed thin.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union

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While the attack was robust and balanced last weekend, the Fire came up a goal short of its first win. Again. (image: mlssoccer.com)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick has a look at the numbers and tries to make sense of yet another Chicago Fire draw...

Often, stats and infographics are just the trick when looking for evidence to make strong conclusions about what happened in a given match, and why.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Four

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Where is the love? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 16/19 (-0.1 from last week) Soccer America(14)

"Quincy Amarikwa's equalizer in the 82nd minute earned a 2-2 tie after twice D.

Breakdown: Fire at DC United

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DC brought the attack, but the Men in Red held firm (image: mlssoccer.com)

OTF's Mark Rogers shakes off the rain to dry out the Fire's draw at DC United...

The Fire managed to salvage a point from their rainy battle with DC United on Saturday, and failed to find their elusive first victory of 2014.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) at DC United (2)

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Jhon Kennedy Hurtado opened the scoring, his first goal since 2009 (photo Chicago-Fire.com)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey mulls over the Chicago Fire's third straight draw...

Nothing was pretty about the match in our nation's capital last Saturday afternoon. Chilly, raining, and windy, the conditions at the ruin that is RFK Stadium reflected the morass upon which it was built.

Major League Soccer

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Rookie of the Year race is turning into a one-man show in MLS, with Harrison Shipp once again displaying the qualities that have him looking very much like the best first-year pro in Major League Soccer.

Shipp turned in another solid performance for the Chicago Fire last weekend, proving to be a handful all match in a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Impact.

Amarikwa equalizer spoils McInerney’s debut as Fire tie Impact

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It looked to be an ideal start to the beginning of the Jack McInerney era in Montreal.

The 21-year-old striker, traded to the Impact just last week, debuted in style for his new club with a 43rd minute goal to give his side the lead.

However, a Quincy Amarikwa equalizer shortly after halftime spoiled both McInerney's debut and Impact head coach Frank Klopas' first match with his former club, the Chicago Fire, as the Impact were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in Montreal.

Mike Magee gets new contract with the Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has a new contract with the club after an All-Star season in MLS. Read More

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Harrison Shipp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chicago Fire are not off to an impressive start in 2014, but the same cannot be said of rookie Harrison Shipp.

The Notre Dame product and Homegrown Player signing has gotten off to a solid start in his first month as a professional, starting in three of the Fire's four games in March and assisting on two goals.

Chris Rolfe traded to DC United

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The Chicago Fire traded Chris Rolfe to DC United for allocation money. Rolfe has only played with Chicago in MLS. Read More

MLS Ticker: Defoe to miss match vs. Crew; D.C. United acquire Rolfe from Fire

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By DAN KARELL

Toronto FC will have an early look at what it will be like without Jermain Defoe in the starting lineup, long before they could potentially lose him for the World Cup.

Following practice on Wednesday, TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen confirmed to the assembled media that Defoe would not travel with the club to face the Columbus Crew on Saturday as the Englishman deals with a hamstring injury.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Harrison Shipp must be getting used to this sort of thing.

Shipp found the head ofJhon Kennedy Hurtado on a corner in Saturday's draw with DC United, making it the second week in a row the Chicago Fire have scored from Shipp's corner service.

Philadelphia Union

The Whole Story: Matchday 6 Union host Real Salt Lake

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Get The Whole Story on Matchday 6 as the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL - from preview to post match analysis

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Match Preview - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Perhaps the biggest test of the new-look Union comes Saturday, as Real Salt Lake heads to PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Five

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Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 14.8/19 (+1.2 from last week) Soccer America(14)

"The Fire was a penalty kick away from its first win of 2014 butMike Magee's low shot was saved deep into stoppage time of a 2-2 tie with Philadelphia.

Fire 2-2 Union: Stat Hero of the Match

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The stat zero of the week is another team award, but who walked away the hero? This weekly look inside the numbers reveals that the Union struggled mightily to contain the Fire's long passes.

For a little while it looked like the Philadelphia Union were going to get away with an extremely lucky three points.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Philadelphia Union (2)

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JLA MVP? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Alex White looks back on yet another drawn match, one that could have been so different...

The way expectations play with your emotions is a funny thing. Beforehand, I thought I had a bead on how this match, and this season,would go.

MacMath saves late PK to help Union salvage draw vs. Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Philadelphia Union watched another late lead disappear, and when Aaron Wheeler clumsily stuck a leg out and fouled Juan Luis Anangono in the penalty area to give the Chicago a last-second penalty kick, it looked as though the Union were set for another nightmare ending.

Saved By Zac: Chicago Fire 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union were flirting with disaster after an Aaron Wheeler penalty in stoppage time, but Zac MacMath stepped up and saved the day and preserved the draw.

After playing what was probably their worst game of the season, the Union managed to gain a 2-1 lead only to lose it once again late in the second half.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Chicago Fire

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Despite looking second best much of the afternoon, the Union nearly stole a road victory until they unraveled at the death, forcing Zac MacMath to heroically save a penalty to maintain a solitary point.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park in an attempt to light 'em up and be on fire.

UNION GAME #5
VS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
April 5, 2014
5:00 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Conor Casey
Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane Defense Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Logan Pause, Dilly Duka, Benji Joya, Alex, Juan Luis Anongono Bench Andre Blake, Ethan White, Austin Berry, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Corben Bone, Antoine Hoppenot
Stats (Explained Here)
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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.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Chris Rolfe's time in a Fire uniform has come to an end. Meanwhile, the team returns to Toyota Park to take on some familiar faces Saturday. (photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

OTF'sJon Denhambids Chris Rolfe farewell, and Ed Welshfrom Brotherly Gameprovides the latest from a club down by the river.

Match Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Both teams are desperate to regain points after disappointing results in March. What are the key matchups that each team will try to exploit to get a result in the win column?

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Toyota Park- Bridgeview, IL

April 5th, 2014

5:00pm EST on MLS Live, CSN-Philly, My50 Chicago

Philadelphia leads the all-time series with a 5-4-1 record

The 1-1-2 Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park to face their second consecutive winless club, the 0-1-3 Chicago Fire.

Preview: Union at Chicago Fire

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Philly is creating chances, Chicago is giving up plenty of chances. This is a game the Union can, and should, put to bed early.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Four

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Certainly, we all love #QuincyTime, but is it enough? (photo: chicagotribune.com)

Winless through four games, is it time for Fire Nation to press the panic button on the Men in Red, or remain patient? OTF's Roundtablers ponder the question...

OTF contributor Brendan Carr:

"After the away draw against DC United, it seems to be business as usual: Chicago Fire accepts away draws, no matter the opponent.

D.C. United

Episode 139 – Mean Ol’ Bitch

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Join the guys as they talk about recent DC United news, including development in the DC primaries. The boys also talk about DC's recent two games, including the draw against the fire and the win against the Revolution. FInally the guys talk about the US Men's national team and the upcoming friendlies leading up to the World Cup.

First Look: #DCUnited

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RFK Stadium will host the first of three meetings between the Revolution and D.C. United on Saturday in a game that both clubs hope to use to extend the momentum both gained last weekend. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm.

While the Revolution enter the clash fresh off the heels of a thrilling 2-1 comeback victory, D.

POLL: How should D.C. United replace Luis Silva?

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Luis Silva's injury against the Chicago Fire has left United with a big question to answer ahead of Saturday's game against the New England Revolution. How do you want to see Ben Olsen cope with the loss of his only experienced midfield playmaker?

The injury that forces Luis Silva to leave late in the first half on Saturday afternoon looked like one that was going to put him out for a bit of time.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Defense Must Improve

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Following a D.C. United match defying easy explanation, there are a lot of last words to be said. This post is longer than usual, but it won't be complete until you chime in with your last words in the comments section below.

Like a Rorschach inkblot test, Saturday's 2-2 draw between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire offered fans of every opinion and stripe the ability to see something different in the performance of the Black-and-Red.

Red Bulls

The Whole Story: Matchday 5 Union travel to Chicago

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Get The Whole Story of matchday 5 when the the Union travel to Chi-town, from previews until post match analysis, all in one place

After the Fire's home opener a couple weeks ago at Toyota Park, I wandered over to the visitors’ locker room to chat with New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.

Opposite View - Man On The Fire's Scott Fenwick Talks Fire

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This week we get an idea of what to look for from the Chicago Fire from Scott Fenwick of Man On The Fire.

After the Fire's home opener a couple weeks ago at Toyota Park, I wandered over to the visitors’ locker room to chat with New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. When asked about his (dis)satisfaction with his (still winless) squad’s performance through week three, Petke reminded me that Red Bulls didn’t win their first game in 2013 until their fifth try.

The Rest

Player ratings and analysis: Fire 2-2 Union

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PSP's Mike Servedio has player ratings and analysis from the Union's 2-2 draw at Chicago.

D.C United Vs. Chicago Fire: Player Ratings

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The ratings get higher as United improve in their 2-2 draw against the Fire.

It isn't ideal but having a point on the board is definitely a start to getting the season on the right track. On Saturday the offense looked somewhat potent, the midfield organized, and the defense...well the defense was still a mess but we can work on that later.

D.C United Vs. Chicago Fire: A Tactical Review

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Improvement but first win remains elusive.

Positives. We must think of the positives. In Saturday's 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire, Ben Olsen trotted out more or less the same collective of players but with different results. For the first time this season, the boys in black managed to string passes together in the final third, get shots on target, and score goals.