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A look at players available in Wednesday's Waiver Draft

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The MLS Waiver Draft is a notoriously dull affair, but its certainly worth keeping an eye on several potential selections heading into Wednesday's event.

Last season's Wavier Draft saw zero players selected while the 2015 edition saw just one name taken off the board.The Waiver Draft is made up of players who have been waived by their clubs but don't meet the minimum years of service requirement for the Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

SBI MLS Newcomer of the Year: Nemanja Nikolic

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Nemanja Nikolic took MLS by storm in his first season in the league. He tallied 24 goals, which led the league, while taking a Chicago Fire team that had the worst record in the Eastern Conference each of the past two seasons back to the playoffs in 2017.

His outstanding year has him recognized as SBI's MLS Newcomer of the Year for 2017.

A look at the biggest needs for the eliminated MLS playoff teams

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For eight teams, the MLS playoffs ended too soon, at least in their own eyes. Just four teams remain in the postseason chase but, for those that have fallen throughout the knockout and conference semifinal rounds, it is time to reassess.

The knockout rounds saw the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City ejected from the playoffs, while the conference semis claimed NYCFC, the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS Ticker: Chris Rolfe, Justin Mapp retire; Galaxy appoint Kurt Schmid and more

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After being away from the pitch for 18 months due to a suffered concussion, Chris Rolfe has called time on his 14-year career.

Rolfe, 34, last played for D.C. United, but spent the majority of his career with the Chicago Fire which he appeared for 178 and scored 48 goals.

The forward made 10 apperances for the U.

Red Bulls and Whitecaps advance in the MLS playoffs

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The New York Red Bulls shutout the Chicago Fire 4-0 at Toyota Park in the first knockout round game of the 2017 MLS playoffs. Bradley-Wright Phillips put the Red Bulls up in the 7th minute, assisting on Sacha Kljestan's goal in the 11th. Daniel Royer scored in the 70th with Kljestan assisting on Gonzalo Veron's goal in the 87th.

MLS Playoff Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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The MLS playoffs are here, and they begin with two matches on Wednesday night.

Action starts in the East as the New York Red Bulls face off with the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1) . The matchup is a fitting one for Dax McCarty, who collides with his former team in his first playoff match with his new club.

Dynamo stifle Fire, earn home game in knockout round

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The Houston Dynamo may have only been playing for seeding, but they came out and smashed the playoff-bound Chicago Fire to give themselves a home match in the knockout round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Goals from Leonardo, Romell Quioto, and Mauro Manotas gave the Dynamo a dominating 3-0 victory over the Fire.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/22/2017

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Last Union game, get ready with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC
Both teams are eager to put 2017 behind them and get 2018 started.

Three questions with The Mane Land
We spoke with Michael Citro of The Mane Land, SB Nation's Orlando City SC blog, about the final match of 2017 between the Union and Lions.

Nemanja Nikolic's hat trick leads Fire past Union

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With a home playoff game hanging in the balance, the Chicago Fire's big offseason signing came to the rescue.

Nemanja Nikolic extended his lead atop the Golden Boot race with a hat trick in the Fire's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

The trio of strikes from the 24-goal scorer moved the Fire into third place in the Eastern Conference with one game left in the regular season.

On This Day in Football: Preston put 26 past Hyde, Attack vs Defence in the MLS

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Today marks the 130th anniversary of one of the most ridiculous score lines in the history of the FA Cup. On this day in 1887, Preston North End beat Hyde FC 26-0 in a first round tie.

Played at Deepdale – the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world – Preston set two records in the match: most goals scored at home and the biggest winning margin.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/10/17

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Union and MLS news and a preview for the USMNT's critical game.

Philadelphia Union News

UNION FACT CHECK: Team returns to MLS slate after international break
Philadelphia Union gears up for MLS action this week following the international break when they travel to Illinois to take on Chicago Fire.

On This Day in Football: FIFA hits new low and MLS welcomes Chicago

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On this day in 2015, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, Secretary General Jerome Valcke and UEFA President Michel Platini were suspended for 90 days from all football related activity by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

World football’s governing body was hit with a major scandal in 2015 after United State federal prosecutors disclosed evidence of corruption by FIFA officials and associates.

Nikolic, Villa score as Fire and NYCFC draw

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The goalscoring designated players took center stage at Toyota Park as the Chicago Fire drew 1-1 with New York City FC on Saturday.

The opener came after 20 minutes, with Nemanja Nikolic scoring his 21st goal of the season. The Hungarian scored after a defensive gaffe by the away side, eventually resulting in the him winning the ball inches from the goal line and easily scoring.

Fire excited for playoffs, now focused on NYCFC, playoff positioning

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Two teams were fighting for their first playoff appearance since 2012 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose last night, but only one really threw and landed the punches, hard.

The Chicago Fire's 4-1 win at San Jose helped them clinch their first playoff appearance in five years, and although they put together what some will call their best performance of the season last night, head coach Veljko Paunovic and company know that the job is far from over.

Fire clinch first playoff berth since 2012 with rout of Earthquakes

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It took six long and largely disappointing seasons, but the Chicago Fire are finally back in the playoffs.

The Fire defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 4-1, at Avaya Stadium on Wednesday night, clinching a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Nemanja Nikolic scored goals 19 and 20 on the night, tying Portland's Diego Valeri for the league lead.

San Jose Earthquakes

Chicago and San Jose’s seasons

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the problem scenario for MLS teams in the knockout round. It's already an issue when making the playoffs ends up meaning just one extra game. Even more so when that extra game turns into a lopsided loss. Step up Chicago, 4-0 losers at home to the Red Bulls, and San Jose who lost 5-0 at Vancouver.

How to Watch MLS in Week 33, TV and Streaming Listings

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Check out our Three Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View

Three Big Storylines:
  1. Eleven of the twelve MLS Cup playoff spots are locked in heading to decision day. The Eastern Conference is set with Toronto FC securing the Supporters' Shield and a bye but New York City FC, the Chicago Fire, Atlanta United FC and Columbus Crew SC all have a shot at the 2 seed and the second bye.

New York Red Bulls

Major Link Soccer: New York Red Bulls rout Chicago Fire

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Also: Fredy Montero scores in the playoffs, and tattoos!

Seattle

With the playoffs officially under way, a poll was conducted on "Who would you like to see host MLS Cup". So far, Seattle is leading the way.

Love them or hate them, tattoos are a big thing. Take a look at some Seattle Sounders and their tattoos.

Red Bulls crush Fire in playoff opener

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The New York Red Bulls put in a terrific team effort, defeating the Chicago Fire in the opening match of the MLS Cup Playoffs behind Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright Phillips.

The sixth-seeded Red Bulls proved to be too much for the Fire, winning 4-0 over a side that limped into the playoffs with a number of key players injured and recovering from their Decision Day defeat at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.

How to Watch MLS Playoffs Knockout Round, TV and Streaming Listings

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Twelve teams enter, by Thursday night four will be eliminated from the playoffs. Check out our Three (four) Big Storylines, National TV and Streaming Listings and From a Sounders Point of View.

Three Big Storylines (well, four; one for each game!):
  1. Chicago Fire versus New York Red Bulls: One of the defining trades of the offseason was when NYRB traded their captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

MLS Playoff Preview: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls

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Two of the Eastern Conference's more inconsistent sides, the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls, meet up in the first matchup of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Fire are the third seed in the competitive East, slipping from a top spot they held after an 11-game unbeaten run in the middle of the summer.

Dax McCarty looms large as Red Bulls prepare to face Fire in playoff opener

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While the New York Red Bulls have multiple connections to the Chicago Fire, the name Dax McCarty will resonate when the two sides meet in the knock-out stage of the Major League Soccer playoffs on Wednesday night.

"I thought about Chicago and knew there would be a lot of talk about Dax," said Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch.

Houston Dynamo

AJ DeLaGarza to miss playoffs with torn ACL

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Dynamo defender out with knee injury.

Houston Dynamo defender AJ DeLaGarza will miss the Dynamo post-season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). DeLaGarza suffered the season ending injury during Houston's 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. An MRI Monday confirmed the diagnosis of a torn ACL.

Houston Dynamo to play Sporting Kansas City in Thursday night playoff game

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The Houston Dynamo will host rival in first round of playoffs.

The Houston Dynamo will play Sporting Kansas City in the Knockout Round of the 2017 MLS Playoffs. Thanks to their fourth place finish in the Western Conference the Dynamo will host Sporting at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo haven't made it to the playoffs since 2013.

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire Final Score: Dynamo win, keep El Capitan and prepare for playoffs

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Dynamo get 3-0 win against Chicago to get to fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

What a Decision Day in MLS. While many of the teams had already locked up a spot in the playoffs many were still playing for final position and a few were still jostling to get into the Knockout Round of the playoffs.

Philadelphia Union

Tactical analysis: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Union came from behind in the first half and gave up a lead late in the second half as Chicago's big attacking signing registered a hat trick and the Union's entered in the 90th minute.

Player ratings: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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PSP dives into the player ratings of the Union's final road game of 2017, a 3-2 defeat in Chicago.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/16/17

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New Week, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Union's Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017.

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Union’s Firey Start Extinguished In Second Half: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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To put it mildly, the Philadelphia Union have not had much success on the road in 2017. And despite the Union taking a first half lead into the locker room, the Union conceded twice in the 2nd half to walk away from Toyota Park 3-2 losers and victims of a Nemanja Nikolic hat trick.

The Chicago Fire got things started in the 3rd minute with a brilliant counterattacking goal.

Match report: Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Despite an improved performance, the Union's road woes continued in their final away match of the season as they lost the lead to a potent Chicago Fire led by Nemanja Nikolic.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game Info

  • Date: October 15, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Place: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
  • Television: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Philadelphia Union have 7 wins, 7 losses, and 5 draws against Chicago Fire
  • Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; Fafa Picault, Ilsinho, Chris Pontius; C.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/15/17

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Union preview, Jack for ROY, and European results!

Philadelphia Union News

Match preivew: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union
The Union head to the midwest to take on the Fire in their penultimate match of 2018.

Jack Elliott nominated for Rookie of the Year
Jack Elliott is one of 17 players nominated for AT&T Rookie of the Year, and he holds one of the best, if not the best, case out of the bunch.

Match preivew: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to the midwest to take on the Fire in their penultimate match of 2018.

Game: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Date: Sunday, October 15th

Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern, 4:00 p.m. Central, 2:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 p.m.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Inching closer. As the final weeks of the MLS regular season approach, the Chicago Fire are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2012. Although their chances of finishing second in the Eastern Conference likely went out the window after their 1-1 home draw with NYCFC prior to the international break, they can still solidify a first round home match.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago 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.

Player of the week: Chris Pontius

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Our "player of the week" is the man who scored his first two goals of the season, helping the Union extinguish the Fire.

The Rest

D.C. United season review: Chris Durkin

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The young defensive midfielder faces the inquisition.

2017 was a season that saw Chris Durkin, the 17-year-old Homegrown Player from Glen Allen, Virginia, begin to see more action everywhere except for D.C. United. The fifth-youngest homegrown signing in the history of the league, Durkin was not expected to feature much this season for the Black-and-Red.

Following playoff exit, Fire take solace in positive steps taken throughout rebuilding season

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The Chicago Fire took a giant leap forward in 2017, and there's no arguing that. The club entered as one of the league's recent bottom-dwellers, one that had been facing a multi-year difficult period with no playoffs and no glory. What followed was a magnificent summer run and a return to the postseason, even if it ended earlier than the team expected in the most disappointing of ways.

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

Clinched. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire qualified for the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2012. A resounding 4-1 win over San Jose coupled with a Montreal loss to NYCFC ensured that Chicago will be playing well into the Fall.