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Either the glass is ¼ full or ¾ empty. The Chicago Fire tied longtime rival Columbus Crew on Thursday evening 2-2 at Toyota Park. The penultimate home match for Chicago was a heated affair on what was otherwise a frigid and windy October night.

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It appears as if adaptability, knowledge, confidence, and resourcefulness are not always useful in acquiring three points. Sometimes you need grit, determination, the will to win, and to put it quite bluntly, ability. The Chicago Fire were lacking in all of the latter in their encounter with longtime rivals Columbus before the international break.

Crew thump Fire to remain in playoff chase

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The Columbus Crew aren't dead yet.

Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire's midweek loss to Seattle and DC United's win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of a consolation.

The Crew tries to avoid what’s already happened to Chicago

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The Columbus Crew still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, but they'll need to take six against Chicago in the soccer news.

Major League Soccer

Draw in Chicago, win for the Rapids

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The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.

Crew officially eliminated from playoff contention despite Jahn's brace

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Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.

One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.

Chad Marshall header pushes Sounders above red line

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SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.

MLS Week 31: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.

The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Fire commit bevy of mistakes en route to latest disappointing defeat

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.

There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 30

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With only five weeks left in the MLS regular season, the race to the playoffs is heating up.

A battle between first and second place in the Eastern Conference highlights the action this weekend, with Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 29

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There is a full slate of games this weekend in MLS following the international break,and an American soccer legendcould return to the pitch on Sunday.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy after announcing that he is coming out of retirement to finish the 2016 season in light of the injury problems at the club.

The Best of MLS Week 26: Lampard, Fire and more

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Despite the international break, the weekend provided a thrilling slate of MLS games that included some very memorable performances.

Here's a look at this week's Best of MLS:


On a day recognized as Frank Lampard Day, the NYCFC midfielder stepped up late to seal a dramatic three points for the Eastern Conference contender.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Here's your chance to talk about the Philadelphia Union as they look for three important points on the road against a hapless Chicago Fire team.

Venue: Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)
Date: September 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM
Television: The Comcast Network (Philadelphia), CSN Plus (Chicago), DirecTV 473, MLS Direct Kick
Online Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick
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MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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This weekend may be dominated by the international break, but there are still plenty of games in MLS as the regular season begins to wind down.

A key showdown in the Western Conference between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas highlights Week 28.

Goals at RFK Stadium, shutouts in week 25

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DC United scored six goals in their win over Chicago and several MLS teams recorded shutouts in week 25 of the 2016 season.

MLS Week 25: A Look Ahead

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Rivalries dominate Week 25 in MLS,and there a few salivating matchupson tap this weekend.

The most notable is the Cascadia Cup as the resurgent Seattle Sounders face the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Both sides met last week withthe Sounders cruised to a 3-1 win.

The Best of MLS Week 24: Roldan, Fire, Altidore and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team forward stormed through to claim SBI MLS Goal of the week honors, while a young midfielder did more than enough to earn recognition as the week's best player.

Here's a look at the best from MLS Week 24:


Cristian Roldan has emerged throughout the 2016 season, but Sunday's performance was the Seattle Sounders midfielder's most impressive to date.

Fire try to see positive in league draw after Open Cup disappointment

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sunday marked the end of a rough week for the Chicago Fire.

On Tuesday, the Fire's best chance at a trophy ended when they crashed out of the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Then Sunday in league play, the teamsquandered an early lead but came back to settle for a 2-2 home draw against Orlando City.

Chicago saves late draw with Orlando City

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire coughed up an early lead, but managed to come from behind and earn a point Sunday against Orlando City in a 2-2 draw at Toyota Park.

For the Fire, it was the first time all season that they've earned any points when trailing at halftime, but for Orlando City, sitting on the Eastern conference playoff line, it was two points lost toward postseasonpositioning.

Saving the Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire's situation isn't a story MLS wants to tell, but it could say more about the state of the league than another expansion success.

New England Revolution advance to 2016 Open Cup final

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The New England Revolution beat the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup and success for several USMNT players in England's League Cup.


Villa's brace, Shelton's assists power NYCFC past Fire

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NEW YORK — New York City FC still needs a little help this weekend, but the second-year club did its part on Friday night in hopes of clinching its first playoff berth.

Behind a brace from David Villa and tallies from Jefferson Mena and Steven Mendoza, NYCFC topped the Chicago Fire, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium to temporarily reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Chicago Fire

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NYCFC plays the Chicago Fire, Borussia Dortmund is back in action, and there are games from Ligue 1 and La Liga on Friday's soccer TV schedule.

D.C. United

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

In the 92nd minute of this past weekend's Chicago Fire match there was an aura of anticipation that could be felt around Toyota Park. To no one's surprise, Veljko Paunovic and his charges obliged expectations by conceding a late equalizer to DC United.

Mullins hat-trick pushes D.C. United to win over Fire

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Patrick Mullins has proven a legitimate threat since joining D.C. United midseason, but the third-year forward provided his best performance yet on Saturday night.

Mullins fireda hat-trick in Saturday night's goalfest, leading D.C. to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium.

Philadelphia Union

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What Are They All Aboot, Eh? Toronto FC

This past weekend the Chicago Fire defiantly smiled in the face of all the naysayers and those preconditioned for pessimism to march into 9th place of the Eastern Conference. An emphatic 3-0 performance against the Philadelphia Union put the Fire just six points outside of a playoff spot with at least a match in hand on the teams directly in front of them.

Fire Get Back on Winning Track

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If any psychological demons remained in the Chicago Fire's locker room following their 6:2 debacle at RFK Stadium last week, they were exorcised on Saturday when the Fire swept the Philadelphia Union out of town by a resounding 3:0 scoreline. The Fire played played some attractive soccer at times, and were competent on both sides of the ball.

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire September 3rd, 2016

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Now's your chance to let us know how the Union players did against the Fire.

A 3-0 loss to the lowly Chicago Fire is not something you'd expect from a team that's playoff bound and challenging for a conference title, but here we are. The Philadelphia Union needed three points from this match to keep pace with the rest of the Eastern Conference, and didn't deliver.

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.

U.S. Open Cup

Fire left frustrated, looking forward after Open Cup exit

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In a season spentrebuilding and stuck in last place, the U.S. Open Cup seemed to provide the Chicago Fire with a glimmer of hope. Five wins to a trophy seemed like the most realisticchance for silverwareand a chance for the first-year management team to buy goodwill among frustrated fans.

Those hopes ended Tuesday with a semifinal loss to theNew England Revolution.

Revs roll past Fire to book place in U.S. Open Cup final

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The Chicago Fire's fourth straight U.S. Open Cup semifinal appearance ended exactly the same as the three that preceded it: in defeat.

Goals from Kei Kamara, Je-Vaughn Watson and Teal Bunbury were more than enough to bury the Fire on Tuesday night, as the New England Revolution emerged from Gillette Stadium with a 3-1 semifinal win.

A Date with Destiny Awaits

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Revolution booked their ticket to the U.S. Open Cup title match by beating the Chicago Fire 3-1 in Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup semifinal match at Gillette Stadium.

Kei Kamara scored from the spot in the 16th minute after Kelyn Rowe was fouled inside the box to give the hosts an early lead.

The Rest

Revs all but knocked out of postseason picture with loss to Fire

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Facing the conference's worst team, the New England Revolution had a favorable schedule for their push to the playoffs, but a shock upset all but eliminated them on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Fire played spoiler, knocking off the Revs, 2-1, at Toyota Park in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Revolution Wary of “Dangerous” Chicago Fire Ahead of Critical Road Match

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The Revs won't take last-place Chicago lightly on Sunday.

The Revolution have playoff aspirations. The Fire, officially eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago, have spent much of the 2016 season near the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.

Even though these situations differ, the Revs understand the importance of Sunday's match at Toyota Park.

Sounders vs. Chicago Fire recap: Chad Marshall puts Seattle into playoff position

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Sounders aren't particularly convincing, but they get job done.

SEATTLE — It was a long climb — and isn't finished yet — but the Seattle Sounders have finally found themselves in playoff position.

They have Chad Marshall's head and Andreas Ivanschitz's service to thank, as they combined for the game's only goal in a somewhat ugly 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

Altidore continues hot streak to lead TFC past Fire

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After shining for the U.S. Men's National Team during the international break, Jozy Altidore's recent hot streak continued on Saturday with Toronto FC.

Altidore provided a goal and an assist on Saturday night, leading the way in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.

Fire settle for tie despite outplaying Galaxy

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The Chicago Fire looked to be on their way to yet another shocking win before Giovani dos Santos fired the LA Galaxy to a come-from-behind point.

Dos Santos fired a second half equalizer to seal a 2-2 tie on Wednesday on at Toyota Park. The tie sees the Galaxy bounce back from a Sunday loss to NYCFC, a defeat that snapped their nine-game unbeaten run.

Fire earn elusive road win with defeat of Impact

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Throughout 2016, the Montreal Impact have remained among the East's top contenders, but Saturday night saw a shocking defeat to the conference's bottom-dweller.

Goals from Luis Solignac, David Accam and Matt Polster sealed an upset on Saturday as the Chicago Fire toppled the Impact, 3-0, atStade Saputo.