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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:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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.

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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:

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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.

Fire looking to salvage season in U.S. Open Cup semifinal clash with Revs

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The U.S. Open Cup semifinals begin on Tuesday, with an MLS basement dweller hoping to salvage its season with a trophy.

The Chicago Fire will attempt to qualify for its first final since 2011 as they battle the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium (Tuesday, 6 p.

Fire frustrated with blown lead vs. Red Bulls

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Veljko Paunovic sat down in the postgame press conference Sunday nightlookingmore dejected thanhe hadfollowingany of the other 19 Chicago Fire matcheshe had presided over. Even though theFire left with a point from the team's meeting withthe second-place New York Red Bulls, the first-year head coach was clearly more haunted by the two points lost than happy with the one gained.

Late Wright-Phillips goal earns Red Bulls tie with Fire

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Two defensive miscues by the Chicago Fireallowed the New York Red Bulls to walk away from Toyota Park with a late point Sunday.

On a nightwhen the visitors struggled to break down the Fire andlost captain Dax McCarty to a first-half injury, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 90th minute to seal a 2-2 draw after a Matt Polster own goal provided the other tally for the Red Bulls.

D.C. United adds Igboananike in trade with Fire

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D.C. United has struggled to find consistency in the attack this season, but Ben Olsen and the team's front office are doing everything in their power to change that.

After recently acquiringattacking players Patrick Mullins and Lloyd Sam from New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, respectively, D.

FC Dallas provides pair of spectacular goals in win over Fire

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FC Dallas is routinely among the more entertaining teams in MLS, but the Western Conference contender took style points to a whole new level on Saturday night.

A pair of spectacular goals scored on Saturday are destined for the highlight reels, as FC Dallas toppled the Chicago Fire, 3-1, at Toyota Stadium.

Fire's De Leeuw shows promise in home debut

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Michael de Leeuw may not score an easier goal thanthe one with which he opened his MLS account on Wednesday night, and the Chicago Fire's most recent signing seemed to know as much.

"If you can score in your first home game that's always great," de Leeuw said afterward.

Fire beat Sporting KC on De Leeuw's first MLS goal

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.

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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.

Soccer TV: New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire

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The New England Revolution play the Chicago Fire in the 2016 US Open Cup semifinals on ESPN2 and the UEFA Super Cup is on the 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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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.

Rapids acquire Union's Le Toux; trade Solignac to Fire

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The Colorado Rapids were very active in the waning moments of the transfer window.

Just hours before the close of the transfer window, the Rapids completed two separate deals. The Western Conference club sentGeneral Allocation Money to the Union in exchange for veteran Sebastien Le Toux before trading Luis Solignac to the Fire for the very same roster mechanism.

2016 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.

FC Dallas visits Galaxy, Revs host Fire in U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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Four teams booked their spots in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday night, and now each knows the path they will need to take en route to the tournament's finale.

The U.S. Open Cup semifinal draw was held on Thursday, pairing FC Dallas with the LA Galaxy, while the Chicago Fire will take on the New England Revolution.

Fire top Strikers to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Staring down a charging David Accam is not a pleasant position to be in, as two members of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers found out Wednesday night.

Accam's driving runs createdtwo first-half goals – scoring one and assisting on the other – as theChicago Fire beat Fort Lauderdale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

Rimando sets record in RSL win over Fire

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Nick Rimando has long been one of MLS' most highly-regarded shot-stoppers, andnow the Real Salt Lake star can now call himself the league's winningest goalkeeper.

A pair of Javier Morales goals led RSL to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday while earning Rimando his 181st career win.

MLS Ticker: Ceren, Dynamo, Red Bulls and more

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With the primary MLS transfer deadline closing on Wednesday night, teams were scrambling to make several deals in the final hours.

Orlando City has sent midfielder Darwin Ceren to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for Matias Perez Garcia and an international roster spot.