Chicago Fire

2015 MLS Season

Soccer TV: Columbus vs Chicago and LA Galaxy vs Houston

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The Columbus Crew hosts the Chicago Fire and LA plays Houston in an MLS doubleheader on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Chicago and Dallas vs New York

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Friday means an MLS doubleheader on the soccer schedule with NYCFC hosting Chicago and the Red Bulls at Dallas. Read More

Soccer TV: Chicago vs NYCFC and Colorado vs Dallas

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Two MLS games highlight Friday's soccer TV schedule, with NYCFC on the road at Chicago and Colorado hosting FC Dallas. Read More

Major League Soccer

MLS equivalent to English Championship, says Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney

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Chicago Fire and Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney believes Major League Soccer is inferior to the leagues in the United Kingdom, but thinks MLS is equivalent to the brand of soccer played in theChampionship.

The former Celtic and Wigan player joined Chicago Fire for a £1 million fee in January, after rejecting a contract offer from Leicester City.

MLS equivalent to English Championship, says Chicago Fire’s Shaun Maloney

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Chicago Fire and Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney believes Major League Soccer is inferior to the leagues in the United Kingdom, but thinks MLS is equivalent to the brand of soccer played in theChampionship.

The former Celtic and Wigan player joined Chicago Fire for a £1 million fee in January, after rejecting a contract offer from Leicester City.

Chicago Fire must find cutting edge to become serious contenders

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At one time in the Chicago Fire's 17-year history, the club were one of Major League Soccer's most consistent teams.

In 11 of the Fire's first 12 seasons, the club qualified for the MLS postseason. On top of a fantastic playoff record, the Fire appeared in three MLS Cup finals during that time, winning the 1998 instalment.

Chicago Fire must find cutting edge to become serious contenders

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At one time in the Chicago Fire's 17-year history, the club were one of Major League Soccer's most consistent teams.

In 11 of the Fire's first 12 seasons, the club qualified for the MLS postseason. On top of a fantastic playoff record, the Fire appeared in three MLS Cup finals during that time, winning the 1998 instalment.

Tactical Notes: Sporting Kansas City Have the Edge Over the Fire

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Chicago Fire's lack of finishingupfront putsa heavy burden on the backline.

The Chicago Fire saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday when they dropped a narrow 1:0 decision to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Substitute Paulo Nagamura scored the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.

The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that thefirst President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. DespiteWilt's departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.

In an age of "Circle the Wagon" franchise mentality,Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, andorganizational transparency.

Breaking into Klinsmann’s USMNT

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Jurgen Klinsmann's setup for the USMNT might make it difficult for skilled players to break into the squad. Read More

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to Soccer Morning with American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Dan Wiersema from American Outlaws and Jeff Crandall.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

@Jvlaha’s Monday Musings, Episode 1

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There's a new editor in charge of "On The Fire", and with that, I've decided to step up and write a new column. Without further ado,here is the first episode of"Vlaha's Monday Musings". Today's piece comes in four parts.

Part One, "The Empire Strikes Back", #Schedulegate

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Shaun Maloney wins MLS Player of the Week

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Shaun Maloney wins MLS Player of the Week for Week 5 of the 2015 season with an assist and a goal in the Chicago Fire's win over Toronto FC. Read More

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season:

1. Crisis in Philadelphia

What's the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish it losing, or that there's next to no hope that next weekend and the weekend after will be any better.

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season:

1. Crisis in Philadelphia

What's the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish it losing, or that there's next to no hope that next weekend and the weekend after will be any better.

MLS Week 5: Chicago in the East

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Chicago looked strong at home in Week 5 of the 2015 MLS season, but accuracy was a problem for several teams. Read More

Revs Move 4/15 Match vs. Fire to 6/13

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The Revolution have moved its Apr. 15 home match vs. the Chicago Fire to Jun. 13 to avoid a scheduling conflict with the U.S. Men's National Team international friendly vs. Mexico on the same date, per aclub release.

"We originally agreed to play this game on a midweek date so as to avoid a FIFA international date on Jun.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

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

1. New beginnings in San Jose

Thanks in large part to MLS' generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes' big day went off without a hitch.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 3

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

1. New beginnings in San Jose

Thanks in large part to MLS' generous hand in scheduling the Chicago Fire as the opposition on opening day at the new Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes' big day went off without a hitch.

The Week in MLS Announcers Hits (But Mostly Misses)

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We try to figure out what folks were saying when it comes to calling the soccers.

Slowly but surely, there are some resources being put into the television presentation for Major League Soccer, though there are some markets where it remains the short straw in the studio bullpens, for guys who do not have the time nor the inclination for a few thousand eyes or ears.

Sporting Kansas City

S.A.S. Sunday Of Stats

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The game was the 50th league game between the two teams. KC is 14-25-11 in those 50 games, scoring 59 while allowing 85. KC is now 10-8-9 at home in the series scoring 37 and allowing 38.

Tim Melia made his Sporting KC debut, he's the 186th player to play in a league game for KC, and the 192nd in all competitions.

Melia Helps KC Secure All Three Points in His KC Debut

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Before the game between Sporting KC and Chicago even kicked off there was some surprise regarding the game. Peter Vermes sat Luis Marin, who started the first eight games of the season in favor of back up Tim Melia. It was one of three changes that Vermes made from the draw in Houston, along with the forced change after Servndo Carrasco's suspension seeing Soni Mustivar start and the decision to not have Marcel de Jong in the 18 for the game seeing Seth Sinovic return to the starting 11.

Match Day 9: Two Separate Streaks

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Sporting KC welcome the Chicago Fire to Sporting Park tomorrow in a match up of two teams currently in two different kinds of streaks. The Fire head into the game in Kansas City riding a three game winning streak. That three game winning streak though has bee over the course of a month, their win last week against New York City FC was their first game in 20 days due to MLS' schedule and moving games to accommodate Montreal's CONCACAF Champions League run.

Fire v Sporting KC match preview

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Here's another look at the upcoming game by Martin Tomszak. Sporting is nowhere near the defensive club they were two seasons ago.

What Are They All About? Sporting Kansas City Preview

Three in a row. That's the phrase on the tip of everyone's tongue after another hard fought win by the Chicago Fire.

Carrasco Supended by Disciplinary Committee

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee came out with a number of decisions from this past weekend's games today. Two of those announcements will affect this weekend's game between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire.

The first decision will affect Sporting KC, as midfielder Servando Carrasco was handed a one game suspension and a fine for violent conduct in the 52nd minute of the 4-4 draw with Houston.

Pfeffer gets additional suspension

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Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer receives an additional ban after his red card on Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Zach Pfeffer and the Philadelphia Union, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has decided to suspend the 20-year-old midfielder and additional game, meaning he'll not only miss the match this weekend against the Chicago Fire, but next weekend against Sporting Kansas City as well.

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Fire v New York City FC match preview

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Another look at the next opponent by Martin Tomszak.

What Are They All About? NYCFC Preview

After what seems like an eternity (twenty days to be exact) the Chicago Fire finally return to action on Friday April 24th against New York City FC. When the two sides step out onto the Toyota Park pitch fans will witness the first ever meeting between the two clubs, so let's see what's in store for the match.

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

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The Fire are looking for win number two on the season and Martin Tomszak is back with another match preview.

Can You Please Tell Us What They're All Aboot, eh? TFC Preview

After grabbing their first win of the season on Sunday against Philadelphia, the Chicago Fire welcome Toronto FC to Toyota Park on Saturday.

Philadelphia Union

Union Extinguished: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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A lifeless performance from the Union yielded them zero points Sunday afternoon in Bridgeview.

The Philadelphia Union came into a largely empty Toyota Park hoping to overcome their depth issues and to erase the memories of the season's first three games, but facing a dreadful Chicago Fire side, they put on a dreadful display of their own, dropping 1-0 to the hometown Fire.

Match Report: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Chicago defeated the Union 1-0 as Philadelphia finished the match with ten men for the second time in two weeks.

HOW TO WATCH AND GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union are looking for their first win of the season against the lowly Chicago Fire.

UNION GAME #4
VS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
Sunday, March 29, 2015
5:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amerikwa, Kennedy Igboananike Forward Fernando Aristeguieta
Joevin Jones, Michael Stephens, Matt Polster, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Andrew Wenger, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Michael Lahoud, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Adailton, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Gehrig Defense Fabinho, Ethan White, Steven Vitoria, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi
Jon Busch, Greg Cochrane, Alex, Matt Watson, Chris Witter, Guly, Kingsley Bryce Bench John McCarthy, Raymond Lee, Brian Carroll, Fred, Eric Ayuk Mbu, Antoine Hoppenot, Richie Marquez
Numbers of Note
1 - Goals Chicago Fire have scored in 270 minutes this season
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Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire : The Whole Story - Match 4

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The Union head to Bridgeview, Illinois take on the Chicago Fire for three huge points. From previews to reviews, this is the whole story.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Date: Sunday, March 29th

Time: 5:00 PM EDT

Venue: Toyota Park



"A must win game.

Fire v Union match preview

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Martin Tomszak is back with another look at the this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Union. Both teams are in desperate need of points.

What Are They About? Philadelphia Union Preview

After a record setting 0-3 start to the season, the Chicago Fire look to get back on their feet against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, let's see what they will be up against.

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.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Preview

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The Union take on the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Illinois with big implications. If not for their season, for our sanity.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Date: Sunday, March 29th

Time: 5:00 PM EDT

Venue: Toyota Park



"A must win game." Hoo boy, am I getting sick of writing and saying that when it pertains to the Philadelphia Union.

The Rest

“Dos a Cero”, Remember the Alamo, But Don’t Forget Your Raincoat

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True to the mission statement ofOTF, my recap of last night's United States vs. Mexico match will be a mix of analysis, insight and fluff. I'll mix it up by starting with some insight, followed by some fluff and a snippet of analysis.

Insight: Is a"Friendly" Ever Friendly?

The term "friendly" is a misnomer of sorts when the term involvesUnited State vs.

Saint’s March: Stl FC Has Early Fan & Personnel Support

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Saint Louis FC huddles up. (via saintlouisfc.com)

As they face an early season challenge, OTFcorrespondent Matt Bird thinks Saint Louis FC has the personnel andthe fan base to be a USL force? Sydney Leroux agrees.

It's been an odd few weeks of ups and downs here in St Louis.

Opposite View: Three Questions with Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town

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This week we talk with Sean Spence of Hot Time in Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Philadelphia Union.

tBG) The Chicago Fire have undergone some pretty dramatic lineup changes since last season. Is the slow start the club has gotten off to in 2015 due to the club not gelling as much as necessary, or are people starting to second guess some of the personnel moves?

Excitement of 2015 Opening Day Celebration Spoiled by Chicago Fire Match

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Quincy punches the clock again in the Fire opener (via Chicago-Fire.com)

OTFsoccer's James Vlahakisopts for introspection overanalysis in the Fire's 0-1home open heart-breaker.

It was a beautiful day for soccer at Toyota Park. Or maybe I should say it was a beautiful day to watch soccer at Toyota Park.