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Resilient Fire Defeat Red Bulls… So You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance

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Good times. (via Soccer By Ives)

There was a point, eons ago, whenOTF covered on-field soccer events in addition to domestic soccer culture. ...This is one of those posts.

Witnessed onthe field last nightwasthe kind of grit, resiliency, and determination that Fire Supporters hadbeen hoping to see the wholeseason but rarely had.

Chicago Designated Player Shaun Maloney leaves Fire for Hull City

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Hull have completed the signing of Scotland international Shaun Maloney, according to Chicago Fire.

Maloney, 32, joined the Major League Soccer franchise in January after a spell at Wigan but has been in Hull finalizing terms for a number of days.

The attacking midfielder, who has also played for Celtic and Aston Villa, told the Fire's website: "This was a very difficult decision to make but one that I felt I needed to make for various reasons.

Chicago Designated Player Shaun Maloney leaves Fire for Hull City

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Hull have completed the signing of Scotland international Shaun Maloney, according to Chicago Fire.

Maloney, 32, joined the Major League Soccer franchise in January after a spell at Wigan but has been in Hull finalizing terms for a number of days.

The attacking midfielder, who has also played for Celtic and Aston Villa, told the Fire's website: "This was a very difficult decision to make but one that I felt I needed to make for various reasons.

Sneaky: New York Red Bulls Pull Off Old ‘Trick Corner’ Routine To Score Against Chicago Fire (Video)

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Not that it mattered in the end, but New York Red Bulls adopted the dark arts by pulling off the old 'fake corner kick' routine before scoringan equaliser against Chicago Fire in MLS last night.

The ruse began when winger Lloyd Sam went over to place the ball in the quadrant and, unbeknownst to the Fire defence, surruptitiously rolled the ball just over the line.

Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids win to start Week 26

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The Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids picked up a win over Houston in Week 26 of the 2015 MLS season. Read More

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS, and NWSL links for Friday August 21, 2015

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Rambling about the Supporters Shield while looking at the Chicago Fire for a while, plus a Rocky reference.

Today's Freedom Kicks is a little short, as I'm a late substitute for your normal Friday linker touchline (who has jetted off to single-handedly get the 2018 and 2022 World Cups re-allocated via a clean and open process).

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

MLS teams must shake things up for playoff push

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment, that you are the owner or president of a Major League Soccer team. Despite being five points from the last playoff spot, the team is in last place in its conference. Your team is the only team not to win a road game during the regular season. You have a chance to make the playoffs with a strong push.

2015 MLS Season

Playing for parity in MLS

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MLS has a version of parity that isn't in step with its clubs spending on designated players and creating a better league. Read More

Soccer TV: Portland Timbers vs Chicago Fire

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The Portland Timbers play the Chicago Fire in Friday's MLS game and Ligue 1 begins on the soccer TV schedule. Read More

Chicago Fire Front Office

Save CF97: A Supporter-Driven Initiative

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The protest continues. Spread the news...

A collaborative effort spearheaded by @SaveCF97 has resulted in the production of this flyer:

We urge all fans and supporters to share this post and click here for a .pdf copy, which can be printed double-sided and folded down the middle for physical distribution.

The Black Out Continues: Chicago Fire Supporters to Stay in Black

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(via Twitter)

After this weekend's activitiesfriend of OTF, Mr.Marty Tomszak, brings you a soulful message of protest...

Dearest Fire Family,

Congratulations on a successful Black Out! If you need help gauging whether or not this is the case, you simply have to look at the ferocity with which Monterrey Security tore up the black banner as it made its way into the Club STH sections near Owner and Chairman Andy Hauptman's box.

Podcast: Talking #90MinuteTailgate, #BlackoutCF97 & Why

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Click on the image above to listen. Thanks again to @PortlandTimbros for their interest.


#BlackOutCF97: An Open Letter for Action

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OTF friend Marty Tomszak brings you a soulful message of protest...

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being surrounded by a wonderful group of people on a bus ride to Philadelphia for Chicago Fire's US Open Cup semifinal against the Philadelphia Union. It wasn't my first S8OT trip (and it won't be my last), but it was certainly one of the most memorable.

The #90MinuteTailgate: A Cathartic Plea

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Under the Bridge...is where they drew some blood.

OTF Founder Scott Fenwick returns with a message for Chicago Fire fans, as well as a few things he's been wanting to get off his chest...

Let's get a few items out of the way before we proceed. Call them ‘advisories.

Kennedy Igboananike

Fire v Rapids match preview

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It's another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire's season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview

Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a well-earned point, and hey, the club is worth $160m.

Whoops: Union, Fire draw at three

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The Philadelphia Union and the Chicago Fire conspired to draw 3-3 on Sunday night. There were a lot of goals and a lot of saves, and some other things happened.

There were a lot of goals

Kennedy Igboananike opened up the scoring in the 10th minute. After exploiting the space that Fabinho afforded them by pushing up high, the Fire were happy to punish what remained of the Union's back line.

Fire v Timbers match preview

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The Fire added Trinidad & Tobago centerback Daneil Cyrus on loan from W Connection to bolster the back line but the biggest player news could be the debut of Gilberto in Portland. With the transfer window now closed it's time to focus on the games again. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the Timbers.

Sporting Kansas City

#TBT Things Could be Worse

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Last night's game was bad, it was extremely poor by Sporting KC as they fell 5-0 to the San Jose Earthquakes, but it wasn't the worst loss in KC history, it wasn't even the worst loss at home in KC's history.

That honor goes to the game in this week's Throw Back Thursday. Back in 2001, the Kansas City Wizards were coming off their MLS Cup winning season of the year prior and on July 4th of that year welcomed the team they defeated in MLS Cup, the Chicago Fire, to Arrowhead Stadium.

Union draw third priority for USOC Final hosting rights

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Not improbable, but not automatic that the Union host the U.S. Open Cup Final again this year.

In a blind draw conducted by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, the Union received the third priority for the right to host the U.S. Open Cup Final.

The Chicago Fire won the first priority, Real Salt Lake was picked second, and Sporting Kansas City drew the lowest priority, eliminating them from hosting the event.

Philadelphia Union

Player ratings and analysis: Union 3-3 Chicago Fire

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The Fire, the Union, Mark Geiger... nobody won on Sunday as the teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference flashed their potential and their flaws in front of a rightly disappointed PPL Park crowd.

Sean Johnson shows what the Union are missing

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The Chicago goalkeeper's amazing stretch of saves stole points Sunday from the Union and demonstrated what Philadelphia is missing, PSP's Dan Walsh writes. Also, notes on the U.S. Open Cup, USL PRO in Bethlehem, and "so Union."

In Pictures: Union 3-3 Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday night as Philadelphia Union had to settle for a 3-3 tie with Chicago Fire.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 3 - Fire 3

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Poetry Corner Kicks recaps another exciting tie.

I am not even sure how I feel about this game. It was exciting in the last ten minutes, but the overall feeling at the end is disappointment. There were so many what-ifs in this game: what if Sean Johnson missed just one of those ridiculous saves; what if the refs had called the handball at the end; what if the refs had called it when the ball went out of bounds (twice) before the final goal; what if the Philadelphia Union could have shored up their defense and not let those risky situations occur in the first place?

Didier Drogba to debut against the Union

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The Philadelphia Union's defense will get it's latest test - one of the greatest strikers of the modern era.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is scheduled to make his MLS debut this Saturday against the Philadelphia Union.

OFFICIEL - @didierdrogba sera disponible et dans les 18 samedi soir!

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Chicago Fire

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Sebastien Le Toux put the Union ahead in the 90th minute, but Chicago equalized in the 92nd as the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference battled to a 3-3 tie at PPL Park Saturday night.

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.

USOC semifinal in pictures: Union 1-0 Fire

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow's look at Wednesday night'sUS Open Cup semifinal victory.

Fire Attack Out of Ideas, Out of Cup

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The story that played out at PPL Park on Wednesday night was depressingly similar to the story that has been on display all season for the Chicago Fire. The Fire offense was missing a beginning, middle and end, so it was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union, no less feeble in attack than the Fire, would find the goal that would propel them to their second US Open Cup Final in as many years.

Fire Attack Out of Ideas, Out of Cup

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The story that played out at PPL Park on Wednesday night was depressingly similar to the story that has been on display all season for the Chicago Fire. The Fire offense was missing a beginning, middle and end, so it was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union, no less feeble in attack than the Fire, would find the goal that would propel them to their second US Open Cup Final in as many years.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 1-0 Chicago Fire

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Philadelphia Union were stout in defense and rode a second half strike from Sebastien Le Toux to the 2015 US Open Cup final.

Injury Report: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire (US Open Cup Semifinal)

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A brief summary of the injuries and suspensions for tonight's US Open Cup Semifinal match between the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.

While playing on a Wednesday is never easy, the Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire will both also have to deal with injuries to significant players going into the US Open Cup Semifinal match this evening.

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.

If Sporting Advance the US Open Cup Final is on the Road

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Today US Soccer held the draw for the US Open Cup final. The draw, involving an envelope with each team's logo on a sheet of paper was drawn in order for hosting priority. Unfortunately for Kansas City they were drawn fourth, meaning that no matter what, KC would travel for the US Open Cup final if they defeat Real Salt Lake next week.

English Premier League

Kristan Heneage & Sean Johnson interviews; Soccer Morning (8.17.15)

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Kris Heneage.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kristan Heneage as they look back at the weekend's English Premier League results & headlines.

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson then comes on the show to discuss his fantastic performance against Philadelphia & Chicago's race for a playoff spot.

Kristan Heneage & Sean Johnson interviews; Soccer Morning (8.17.15)

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features an interview with Kris Heneage.

Jason kicks off today's show with Kristan Heneage as they look back at the weekend's English Premier League results & headlines.

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson then comes on the show to discuss his fantastic performance against Philadelphia & Chicago's race for a playoff spot.

Soccer News: Bundesliga openers

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It's the start of the Bundesliga season in Friday's soccer news along with an MLS club dealing with public criticism from its fans. Read More

The Rest

What I'm watching for in Portland Timbers third match versus Houston Dynamo

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We won't see La Gata running about anymore for the Timbers, but Gaston Fernandez and the Portland Timbers left on good terms earlier this month. Fernandez wanted more playing time, and the Timbers accommodated the request to terminate his contract,...

For All The Marbles, Part 2: Union vs. Chicago Fire Preview

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Last Wednesday, both the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union played for all the marbles.

The Union of course got to take the marbles to the tune of a 1-0 victory which propelled them into the Open Cup Final for the second year in a row.

Now? Now they're playing for the possibility of a late season playoff run.

Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union Preview (for Fire fans)

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