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Fire Slay Another Giant. Are There Enough Games Left?

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The Chicago Fire's 2:0 blanking of FC Dallas on Sunday was truly a breath of fresh air. For once, the Fire's backline looked like a disciplined, coordinated group, unlike the amateurish vagabonds that allowed two very sloppy goals to New England on July 25.

Fagundez Wonderstrike Helps Revs End Winless Streak

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On the night he became the youngest player in MLS history to make 100 regular-season appearance, New England Revolution home-grown star Diego Fagundez scored a Goal of the Year candidate and then added an assist as the Revolution ended a six-game winless run with a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

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Pandemonium: Didier Drogba Given Raucous Airport Welcome By Hundreds Of Montreal Impact Fans (Video)

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By Chris Wright

It seems to have taken him a fair old while, with an abortedmove to Chicago Fire in there somewhere, but Didier Drogba is now a Montreal Impact player having signed with the MLS side earlier in the week.

Touching downinCanada for the first time yesterday afternoon, Drogba was greeted by frenzied throngs as hundreds of fansstampeded throughMontreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport to get a look at their hero.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

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Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21stweek of the MLS season.

1. Pirlo!

Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him.

Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 21

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Here are the 10 things we learned from the 21stweek of the MLS season.

1. Pirlo!

Andrea Pirlo is royalty. There is no other way to explain why opposing players refuse to tackle him, refuse to harass him, refuse, really, to even look threateningly at him.

Pirlo played just a shade over 30 minutes in his NYCFC debut on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, and he was absolutely magnificent.

Revolution Held to Draw in Chicago

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Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe strikes bookended two Chicago Fire goals, but questionable refereeing decisions proved costly as the New England Revolution had to settle for a 2-2 draw in Bridgeview, Ill. Nguyen opened the scoring in the 28th minute, but a controversial penalty allowed the Fire to equalize in the 44th minute.

Is Didier Drogba the answer to Chicago Fire’s goalscoring problems?

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It is safe to say Didier Drogba will be playing football somewhere in the coming weeks. Whether he is playing his football in Major League Soccer is still debatable.

The Ivorian is in talks with MLS sides Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact, though other teams are reportedly chasing his signature as well.

Is Didier Drogba the answer to Chicago Fire’s goalscoring problems?

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It is safe to say Didier Drogba will be playing football somewhere in the coming weeks. Whether he is playing his football in Major League Soccer is still debatable.

The Ivorian is in talks with MLS sides Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact, though other teams are reportedly chasing his signature as well.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

Chicago Fire 0 – Columbus Crew 1

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The Chicago Fire had a tough night at home against the Columbus Crew with the score flattering them at only 1-0. Read More

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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United will get the chance to improve their road record tonight against MLS's 20th-best team.

Possibly the most difficult stretch of D.C. United's season continues tonight with a road game against the struggling Chicago Fire. It's the second of five games in under two weeks for United, and on paper at least it looks like the least demanding of them.

DC’s long road trip starts in Chicago

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DC just snapped a two game losing streak with a home win over NE, but now head out for four straight on the road starting with the Fire who have lost three straight in MLS. United is fresh off a rousing 2-1 come from behind win over hated rivals New England that saw DC leap [...]

Gameday: #NEvCHI

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Revolution (5-4-6, 21 points)will face the Chicago Fire (4-7-2, 14 points)for the first time in 2015. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm

Last year, the longtime conference foes met three times, and split their season series right down the middle with a 1-1-1 record against each other.

Five Questions: #NEvCHI

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After news broke on Friday that Jermaine Jones had to undergo his second sports hernia surgery in four months, it's pretty safe to assume that he won't be getting the three-year extension that he's reportedly seeking. And that, in many respects, is a shame.

The Warm Up: #NEvCHI

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After conceding the opening goal for the first time in nine games last week in Portland, the Revolution hope to beat the Chicago Fire to the board and make that lead last on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.

The Revolution, who enter Saturday's contest winless in their last six, will be looking to put last week's 2-0 loss to the Timbers behind them and not just because of the scoreline.

OCSC Restate Interest in Acquiring Dwyer

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What had started by looking like a quiet week for Sporting KC with a bye week from MLS play got a little interesting last night due to Orlando City's coach's show. The show, which features Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath discussing their past week's match up against the Chicago Fire and looking ahead towards their game against DC United and their Open Cup game against Charleston.

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Technically Speaking: #CHIvNE

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Welcome back to another edition of "Technically Speaking," where our very own resident coach and former pro Rick Sewall takes a deeper look into the Revolution's latest performance.

Have any questions you'd like Rick to address? Feel free to ask away in the comments section below.

Heaps: ‘I Liked Our Performance’ at Chicago

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During their last two road outings, the Revolution were essentially pulverized by a pair of enterprising sides that outscored the locals by a combined score of 7-1. Needless to say, the Revolution had to do better on Saturday at Chicago.

In the hopes of putting their recent poor performances at Dallas and New York out to pasture, the Revolution came out firing on all cylinders offensively and were rewarded for their efforts in Saturday's 2-2 draw against the Fire.

Five Questions: #CHIvNE

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Let's get one thing straight: Jermaine Jones will not see the field on Saturday. No way, no how. Heck, there might bea better chance of a Donnie Smith sighting than seeing no. 13 roam across the Toyota Park pitch.

Earlier this week, Jones, who returned to training earlier this week, told the media that he'll be traveling with the team to Chicago for Saturday's game.

USOC: Rev Beaters CLT Independence Fall to Fire

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The magic has ended for the Charlotte Independence in their quest for furtherU.S. Open Cup glory.

Less than two weeks after eliminating the Revolution in the fourth round of the tournament, the USL side fell 3-1 to the Chicago Fire in Tuesday's Round of 16 match at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

O jogo Revolution em Português: #NEvCHI

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NE REVOLUTION—2—CHICAGO FIRE—0

GRANDE GOLO DE DIEGO FAFUNDEZ

O Revolution voltou as vitórias após seis jogos sem ganhar, quatro empates duas derrotas, e foi uma resultado justo, mas a verdade e que o Revolution defrontou uma das mais fracas equipas do MLS.

Five Things We Learned: #NEvCHI

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Jay Heaps could not have scripted the outcome of Saturday's game much better than the way in which it unfolded.

Aside from that dodgy sequence around the 26th minute, the Revolution pretty much hit upon everything they hadn't done over the course of the last six games.

PHOTOS: #NEvCHI

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New England Soccer Today photographers Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.com), Kari Heistad (capturedimages.biz) and Jeff Bernstein bring you the scenes from the Revolution's 2-0 win over the Fire at Gillette Stadium.

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Final Whistle: Revs Snap Winless Streak

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A pair of strikes in quick succession shortly after halftime allowed the New England Revolution to snap their six-game winless streak in Saturday's 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in front 15,775 at Gillette Stadium.

After struggling to impose their will in the first half against a depleted Fire selection, the Revolution broke through in the 48th minute when Diego Fagundez volleyed a rocket from the top of the box past Jon Busch.

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Fire v Revolution match preview

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With the clock ticking on #DrogbaWatch the Fire are ironically set to host the team which beat them out in last season's transfer/blind draw fiasco. Martin Tomszak has a look at the Revolution.

What Are They All About? New England Revolution

As unbelievable as it seems, the Chicago Fire are two wins away from hoisting some silverware.

Fire v Sounders match preview

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Both teams are missing key players and the Fire have never beaten Seattle. Martin Tomszak takes a look at how they can do it this time.

What Are They About? Seattle Sounders

"One point is better than none". Even the most ardent of optimists had difficulty using that phrase after the Chicago Fire drew the Houston Dynamo last Friday.

Fire v Dynamo match preview

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Before we get to the match preview, I'd like to invite everyone to join me at FanKave this Friday night for a live chat/Q&A mobile watch party. Just download the app and join the Chicago Fire kave. We'll talk about the match, transfer window, and anything else soccer related. And now here's Martin Tomszak's look at the Houston Dynamo.

D.C. United

B&RU Player of the month for June: Fabian Espindola

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D.C. United played a silly number of games in June, and the most consistently good player was the man in the #10 shirt.

D.C. United's schedule was a meat-grinder in May, but June took it to another level. 8 games were jammed into 30 days, including a nonsensical 6 in 17 stretch to end the month.

The Last Word on D.C. United 1-0 Chicago Fire: Squad Management Is a Thing

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In which we hopefully tell people to pump the brakes that top players can avoid a start and we can still field a team that does things.

D.C. United came off a win over the New England Revolution in the grueling heat and ahead of a game against a generally surging Toronto FC (?) squad, facing a Chicago Fire squad missing their top players, the challenge for Ben Olsen was to pick a squad that could not be a full bore starting one, but one strong enough to take at least one and hopefully all three points.

Conor Doyle's thunderbolt gives D.C. United 1-0 win over Chicago Fire

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Doyle's venomous strike in the 73rd minute gave the Black-and-Red all three points in otherwise drab affair

D.C. United, given another chance to create even more distance between themselves and the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference, just did that, with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

Filibuster podcast episode 136: The nerdery of the interstate highway system

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Over 80 minutes of soccer goodness!

It is an extra-long episode of Filibuster today, both because there is so much soccer to talk about and because Adam has abandoned us for fairer climes. Jason, Ben, and Leanne press onwards, opening the show talking about D.C. United's 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the US Open Cup.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire preview: Behind Enemy Lines with Chicago blog Hot Time in Old Town

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We go Behind Enemy Lines to get the lowdown on all things aflame in Chicago.

D.C. United takes on the Chicago Fire tonight, and so to preview we talked to Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Time. You can find his answers to my questions below, and my answers to his questions over on our sister site.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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We are all confident about D.C. United's abilities tonight.

D.C. United have a midweek game tonight, in the middle of an onslaught of soccer games. We're all very confident, which is a bad sign for United's actual result; leave your predictions in the comments!

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Even playing on limited rest against a Fire team that had an off week, hopefully an old like Chris Rolfe can return home with a bit of a chip on his shoulder still against the team from Bridgeview and make things less than optimal for the home squad.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: An insane stretch of games

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D.C. United has an onslaught of soccer these next two weeks, playing Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday-Friday, and the next game is tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire. To have players ready for Saturday, which is against Toronto FC, Ben Olsen is going to have to rotate his squad; it will all be a part of an intricate dance that he will have to play until United have a bye week on July 11 to hopefully recover back into playing condition.

The Rest

Chicago Fire’s Got Didier Drogba’s Rights, and They’re F***ing Golden

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Word on the interwebs is that the Chicago Fire, who ownChelsea striker Didier Drogba's MLS "DiscoveryRights," are now in discussion with the Montreal Impact, who are interested in actually signing the player.

Some may call it extortion, I'm calling it a brilliant coup by the Fire front office who are upping Drogba's value, and then judo-flipping that value into a betternegotiation leverage to ship him off to Quebec.

Fire Have That Sinking Feeling

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TheChicago Fire, floundering in last place in MLS's Eastern Conference, have passed the midpoint of the regular season and basically face must-win situations in almost every match. It really should be too early to think about results in those terms in July, but the hole that the Fire have dug for themselves has become awfully deep, leaving very little margin for error.

Inward and Upward: Chicago Fire Quash their Seattle Jinx in a Season Saver

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Jason Johnson rewards Frank Yallop with effort, a goal, and abighug. (photo via Chicago-Fire.com)

"Winning Cures All Ills" may be a cliche, but it's never seemed more applicable than this weekend atToyota Park.DespiteSection 8's "bannergate,"Head Coach Frank Yallop's job security, "#HauptmanOut," injury troubles, transfer window scrutiny, and Bridgeview finances,all anyone wouldtake away fromSaturday was the spark provided by a rejuvenated Mike Magee, Patrick Nyarko, and Michael Stephens and the clutchfinishingof Jason Johnson that delivered the Chicago Fire their first victory over the Seattle Sounders ever.

United extend lead in the East courtesy of Doyle wonder goal

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Ben Olsen (pictured with assistant coach Chad Ashton) rotated his lineup once again as United defeat Chicago on the road 1-0.

Episode 160 – The Rhythm Method

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Join the guys in as they look back at United's past few games, including the streak ending loss at RFK Stadium at the hands of Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC at RFK Stadium. The boys also discuss the recent stadium developments and look ahead to United's next games.