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McCarty both underwhelmed, overwhelmed after return to Red Bull Arena

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For the better part of five years, Dax McCarty called Red Bull Arena home. He made the midfield his own as he helped lead the Red Bulls to unprecedented success. He long held down the corner locker, helping build a nucleus that would lead the Red Bulls to the club's most successful run.

Red Bulls down Fire in McCarty's return to Red Bull Arena

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The New York Red Bulls capped off a three match stretch at home with a third consecutive win, this time beating the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

The match's opening goal came in the 37th minute, as Daniel Royer found Bradley Wright-Phillips in front of goal. The Englishman coolly finished from close range, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

Marsch excited to see, embrace McCarty in first match since trade

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On Saturday, for the first time since thecontroversial offseason trade that sent him to the Chicago Fire, Dax McCarty will return to Red Bull Arena, and New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is very much looking forward to it.

He's not looking forward to the prospect of going head-to-head against his former player or proving his team is better off without him.

Major League Soccer

The SBI Show: Episode 275 (with special guest Dax McCarty)

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Ever since the stunning trade that sent Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire, the clock started ticking on his inevitable return to Red Bull Arena. That return is coming this weekend, and the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder joins The SBI Show to discuss what is sure to be an emotional return.

Episode 275 of The SBI Show features McCarty, who joins host Ives Galarcep to discuss facing his former team, and returning to the stadium he called home for six seasons.

Giovinco brace guides TFC past Fire for first home win

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TORONTO Sebastian Giovinco's 2017 has not been kind to him thus far, but it took a turn for the better on Friday night as Toronto FC toppled the Chicago Fire 3-1 at BMO Field to earn its first home victory of the season. It's also the Fire's first defeat since Bastian Schweinsteiger's arrival.

MLS Week 8: A Look Ahead

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It shouldn't come as a total shock that FC Dallas is involved in a marquee match this weekend because its been featured in plenty of top-notch contests early in 2017. This time, Oscar Pareja's men face Sporting Kansas City in a top-of-the-table clash that highlights the weekend's action in Major League Soccer.

MLS: Lady At Airport Politely Asks Bastian Schweinsteiger To Take Photo Of Her Posing With Rest Of Chicago Fire Players

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He may well be a Champions League winner, a Bundesliga octo-champ and a Weltmeister, but it would appear that Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't quite what you'd call a household name across the pondjust yet.

Indeed, the ex-Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder was politely asked by a lady at Toronto Airport if he'd kindly take a photo of her posing with the rest of his Chicago Fire teammates.

Fire snap Crew's three-match winning streak with home victory

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Following a late draw against the Montreal Impact a week ago, the Chicago Fire made sure to earn all three points on Saturday with a win over an Eastern Conference contender.

The Fire took down thevisiting Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park, earning the club's second win and seventh point of the season.

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

Five points. After four matches played in MLS, the Chicago Fire sit on five points. It must be noted that this is the same points total at this juncture of the season last year, and has been about average for the Fire over the last seven playoff-less years.

Schweinsteiger ‘sad’ after goalscoring Chicago debut

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Chicago (AFP) – Bastian Schweinsteiger launched his Major League Soccer career with a debut goal on Saturday but was left unsatisfied after Chicago Fire’s 2-2 draw with Montreal Impact.

The former Germany, Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder headed home from close range after 17 minutes to give Chicago a 1-0 lead over the Canadian club.

Bundesbanter: Chicago Fire Back Bastian Schweinsteiger As Veteran Midfielder Embarks On ‘Road To Russia’ (Photo)

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's great American adventure got off to a suitably ridiculous start when a befuddled local journalist asked the German midfielder if he was hoping to score at the World Cup with Chicago Fire at his introductory press conference.

Indeed, scholars of the game may note that Chicago Fire aren't technically eligible to compete in World Cups, principally because they are not aninternational side of a recognised FIFA member state.

Schweinsteiger eager to start MLS career

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Chicago (AFP) – German star Bastian Schweinsteiger said he is ready to make an immediate start to his Major League Soccer career with Chicago Fire at a formal presentation before journalists here Wednesday.

The 32-year-old former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder told reporters he was available to make his debut in Chicago’s clash with Montreal Impact this Saturday if selected.

OTF Roundtable: The Signal, The Noise, and The German

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Making predictions is hard. And it becomeseven harder when the information you are workingwith is, well... noisy. In Nate Silver's book, "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don't," he connects our ineptabilityto make accurate predictions (humans, not Fire fans)as an evolutionary problemidentifying the truthfrom nonsense.

Rodriguez confident Schweinsteiger can make impact with Fire

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Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez is aware of the skepticism that comes with the signing of 32-year-old German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Designated Player, and he's also ready to combat the critics that the former Bayern Munich and Manchester United man will be a success with the club that has a not-so-great history with DPs.

Man Utd Allow Bastian Schweinsteiger To Join Chicago Fire, German Midfielder Signs One-Year Contract With MLS Side

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Word on the wire today is that Manchester United are close to allowing Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave the club mid-season in favour of a switch to MLS.

The German, who has made just four appearances for United this season, has reportedly agreed a short-term deal with Chicago Fire.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a deal was struck between the two clubs yesterday with a medical and a Visa now the only obstacles to overcome.

Done Deal: Manchester United complete transfer of midfielder; player could move by the middle of next week

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Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has joined Major League Soccer side, Chicago Fire.

The move could be completed by the middle of next week, depending on his P1 visa application and a successful medical.

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Atlanta United rolls in beatdown of Fire

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After a dominant showing in Minnesota a week ago, Atlanta United cruised yet again, claiming the first home win in club history.

Following a 5-1 thrashing of Minnesota United, Atlanta made it back-to-back victories witha 4-0 home win over the visiting Chicago Fire at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday.

MLS Ticker: Trapp inks new deal with Crew, Rapids sign defender and more

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Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.

The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.

MLS Ticker: Goossens out for months, Glad doubtful for Saturday

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The mess in the Chicago Fire midfield got worse on Wednesday, as the club announced central midfielder John Goossens will undergo surgery on Friday for a defect of a deltoid ligament sprain in his right ankle. He is expected to miss five to six months because of the surgery.

"John's injury is cruel, particularly given the effort he was making on the play in added time,"said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez.

MLS player moves mean no one is safe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – There are many players around the world who have made playing for one club a hallmark of their careers. Scores of others have played for several clubs, but have become synonyms with one of them. Take Landon Donovan.

New England Revolution

Players of the week: Union U17s

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The Union lost in Chester. The Steel lost in Harrisburg. In Frisco, a group of teenagers brought joy to the field, finishing fourth in the Generation Adidas Cup. The Philadelphia Union U17s are PSP's players of the week.

Nikolic, Schweinsteiger Lead Evisceration of Revs

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The Chicago Fire extended their unbeaten run to three matches on the heels of a dominant 3:0 victory over the New England Revolution at Toyota Park on Saturday. The Fire treated the Revs the way a dog treats a fire hydrant, and made them like it. Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to complement Bastian Schweinsteiger's opener, as the Fire climbed to third place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Nikolic, Schweinsteiger lead Fire to lopsided win over Revs

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The Chicago Fire's two big acquisitions combined to overwhelm the 10-man New England Revolution on Saturday.

Nemanja Nikolic fired a brace while Bastian Schweinsteiger addeda goal of his own in a 3-0 Fire win at Toyota Park. The win is the Fire's second-straight victory and third-straight match without a loss.

How To Watch Revs-Fire: Preview, Lineups, TV Info and more

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New England is looking to prove they're a contender in the East, but so are the hosts, and points in Chicago won't be easy.

If you were to really ask who the true New England Revolution rival is, the Chicago Fire will be on the list, perhaps still at the top for many.

Multiple playoff series from the 2000s combined with both teams being perennial powers in the East and MLS made it easy for these two teams and their fanbases to dislike each other.

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Know Thy Emeny: Revs-Fire Preview with Hot Time In Old Town

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For the first time in recent memory...are the Chicago Fire good at soccer?

Years ago, when the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution clashed in epic bouts in the postseason, a rivalry was born. But gone are the days where the Revs eliminated the Fire four times in the postseason in six years and these two teams met regularly in October.

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Dare they believe? This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on the back of a Nemanja Nikolic goal and what appeared to be a strong tactical display. A formation change, organizational fortitude, and an air of confidence saw them across the line in more ways than one with Chicago finding themselves in fourth place at the end of the week's matches.

Fire v Impact match preview

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Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal

The mixed bag keeps on giving. Just two days after a shocking 4-0 thrashing at the hands of expansion side Atlanta United, the Chicago Fire announced the long-rumored signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Despite making several key signings in the offseason there was still something missing for the Chicago side, and Nelson Rodriguez seems to have addressed that now.

Schweinsteiger to Chicago, Union weekly schedule: Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/22/17

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Whole lot of links today.

Philadelphia Union News

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: Players rest up and shift focus to DC during international break
Philadelphia Union have announced their training schedule for March 21-26.

Can they nab Matt Polster after the Schweinsteiger signing?

New questions arise as Schweinsteiger makes long-awaited move to Fire

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After what felt like years of reports and rumors, Bastian Schweinsteiger has finally joined the Chicago Fire. It's a move long in the making, one that finally sees one of the league's premier franchises make a push towards something big.

Still, one question remains, and it's a big one: now what?

Fire sign German star Bastian Schweinsteiger

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A long-rumored, major roster move in Chicago has moved from the realm of wishful fantasy to reality.

Former Bayern Munichand German National Team legend, and current Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger has reportedly officially agreed to join the Chicago Fire effective immediately pending a physical and visa application, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger in the new era of the MLS Designated Player

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was a decade ago that David Beckham left Real Madrid and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, ushering in the era of the Designated Player for MLS. The move shown a global spotlight on Major League Soccer at the time, while sparking a surge in jersey sales and unprecedented growth in attendance.

Schweinsteiger in Chicago

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Bastian Schweinsteiger got in some training and met what passes for the media in Chicago. Some decided to go ahead and prove that there are such a thing as stupid questions, asking if the Fire could win the World Cup and whether or not the internationally retired Schweinsteiger hoped to regain his spot with Germany.

The Fire get Schweinsteiger

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The soccer news starts with the European media announcing that Bastian Schweinsteiger is moving to Chicago before MLS and the team got the chance. That included Schweinsteiger himself releasing a video. Time zones took away Chicago's moment, signing a marquee player from a marquee club.

A World Cup winner moving from Manchester United to the Chicago Fire is never going to be a small thing.

Real Salt Lake

Fire v Atlanta United FC match preview

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What Are They All About? Atlanta United

A win over a Western Conference opponent, four points and second place in the table, a debut goal from Nikolic, and a clean sheet. No, that's not what happened in a FIFA simulation. The Chicago Fire continued their apparent turn around in beating Real Salt Lake2-0 at Toyota Park.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener vs RSL

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The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire blitz past RSL with pair of early goals

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After a lackluster first half in their season opener, the Chicago Fire turned on the jets in the second half to earn a pointon the road. On Saturday, the Fire took the field for their second match of the season, and, unlike last time out, they didn't waste any time.

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

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What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake

A point is a point is a point is a point. The Chicago Fire rebounded from a lackadaisical first half against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend to dominate the second half and leave Ohio with a draw. David Accam opened his account for the season in the 73rd minute while Nemanja Nikolic showed his quality, but just missed out on etching his name onto the score sheet.

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Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls

Is the dream over? This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost 3-1 against Toronto FC on the back of a master class from Sebastian Giovinco. Many supporters and pundits quickly jumped to the conclusion that perhaps the real Chicago Fire had finally come to the surface.

Schweinsteiger scores early as Fire, Impact trade late goals in draw

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Bastian Schweinsteiger's Chicago Fire debut started in unforgettable fashion, but it was the ending of the match that left a lasting impression on Saturday afternoon.

The German star scored his first goal just moments into his MLS debut, but the Fireand Impact saved the fireworks for late in a 2-2 draw.

Accam equalizer helps Fire earn draw vs. Crew

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The Chicago Fire looked like a work in progress on Saturday afternoon, but the rebuiltsquad did just enough to earn a come-from-behind point. Outplayed for a majority of the match, the Fire benefited from a late David Accam equalizer en route to a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday at MAPFREStadium.