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Chris Rolfe

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Will Luciano Acosta start?

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Will Lucho get back into the starting XI against Chicago?

Coming off their second win of the season, D.C. United will travel to Chicago this weekend to try and start a streak against the Fire. United will have to do so without their highest paid player, Fabian Espindola, who injured himself taking a long-range shot last week.

David Beckham, Chris Rolfe, and Patrick Nyarko: Freedom Kicks for 28 April 2016

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Beckham's road to a Miami team keeps hilariously fumbling.

It is a rainy morning here in Richmond, but just like the post office, Black & Red United are here for you despite the weather. On to the links!

Chris Rolfe leading the charge for D.C. United against Chicago | WJLA: D.C.

Major League Soccer

Fire Notes: Focus on fitness, counter-attacking and Accam's recovery

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With no game this weekend, Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic spent the week working his team hard in training.

"We had a couple two sessions a day, it's been good, it's been good, it's been challenging but I think that's what we need since we don't have a game on the weekend," Fire midfielder Matt Polster told SBI after Thursday's session.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 7

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The Columbus Crew finally found a win in 2016 after seven weeks of MLS action, while Real Salt Lake remained the league's only unbeaten team. Here's a look at all 10 match stories from over the weekend on SBI:

Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals and provided one assist to lead the LA Galaxy to a 4-1 thrashing of the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.

Piatti's late winner helps Impact douse Fire

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Didier Drogba's first goal of 2016 is sure to grab headlines, but Ignacio Piatti's stoppage-time winner delivered the three points for the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Piatti struck from 18 yards out, guiding a shot from the top left corner of the penalty area in the first minute of stoppage time to give the Impact a 2-1 victory over the Fire at Toyota Park.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Another week produced even more recognition for Chicago Fire defender Jonathan Campbell.

For the third straight week, Campbell helped the Fire preserve a shutout and, for the third straight week, the centerback has been recognized as the SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

Fire notes: Looking for payback, preparing for Yankee Stadium and more

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Head coach Veljko Paunovic wanted to be very clear with how he felt about the Chicago Fire's upcoming away match with New York City FC, their first Eastern Conference rematch of the season.

"What I'm going to say now, it's very, I want you to understand well from the standpoint of somebody that is very competitive," Paunovic said Monday on his weekly conference call.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Wallace, Flamini and more

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Following the club's first win, the Chicago Fire are nearing the return of one of their best attacking options.

Fire forward David Accam is in the "final phase of recovery" according to head coach Veljko Paunovic. The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker has been recovering from a knee sprain.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Just several weeks into his rookie campaign, Jonathan Campbell has asserted himself as a vital member of the Chicago Fire defense.

The former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill defender played all 90 minutes while helping to lock up a shutout win over the Philadelphia Union to earn honors as SBI MLS Rookie of the Week.

International break helps Fire move forward to earn first win

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Matt Polster started to misspeak but caught himself. IndiscussingSaturday's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire midfielder initiallycalled ita good way to start the season. It was,in fact, the team's fourth game, but the first in two weeks after the international break.

Match Report: Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union

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Kennedy Igboananike scored the game's only goal as the Fire knocked off the 10-man Union, 1-0.

Fire beat 10-man Union for first win

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Saturday's momentum between the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union changedin the span of a minute.

The Union were knocking on the door to end a scoreless first half and started just as dangerously after the break. But a blocked shot, a friendly bounce off the crossbar and a red card changed the tide of the match in the Fire's favor on Saturday.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Campbell

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Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic was impressed with his defenders after holding the Columbus Crew to a goose egg over the weekend, but a rookie in the center of his three-man back line arguably turned in the best shift on Saturday.

Jonathan Campbell started his second game of the year for the Fire, and helped the club earn their first shutout of the season against the 2015 MLS Cup runners-up.

Fire Notebook: Vincent, Polster react to U.S. U-23 call, Accam rests and more

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Before Saturday's match, two of the Chicago Fire's young starters wereannounced as part of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's 23-man roster for itsupcoming Olympic qualifying playoff.

Second-year midfielder Matt Polster androokie defender Brandon Vincent will leave on Sunday to join the U.

New-look defense developing for Fire with season's first shutout

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. –For as much as the Chicago Fire struggled to get traction going forward in a scoreless home draw against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, head coach Veljko Paunović was pleased with what he saw from his defense.

Near the end of his post-match press conference, talking about his team's growth through three games, his voice intensified.

Fire, Crew battle to tie in Bridgeview

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By JOHN WILKINSON

Last season's MLS Cup finalists Columbus Crew picked up their first point of the 2016 season in their third try, tying the Chicago Fire, 0-0, as both teams struggled to create dangerous chances going forward.

MLS Week 1 Review: Who started the season well?

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The MLS season is finally underway after a long off season during the winter months. The new season will provide an opportunity for teams to have a fresh start and either find or repeat their success. With many new managers, signings and incredible players, the 2016 MLS season is one to look forward to.

McNamara leads NYCFC past Fire in seven-goal slugfest

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It was far from a textbook defensive display from either side, but New York City FC did just enough to outscore the Chicago Fire in their season opener.

Goals from Tommy McNamara, Tony Taylor, Khiry Shelton and Mix Diskerud led the way for NYCFC, who emerged from Toyota Park victorious, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon.

Veljko Paunovic and Patrick Vieira start an MLS story

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The Chicago Fire and NYCFC start 2016 with what might become a new coaching trend, making it the first job for young foreign coaches. Read More

SBI MLS Season Preview: Chicago Fire

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After a 2015 season that saw significantly more lows than highs, the Chicago Fire are looking to bounce back with new head coach Veljko Paunovic, along with a surplus of young talent.

The Fire finished with the league's worst record, picking up just eight wins and a total of 30 points in 34 matches.

SBI Spotlight: Rookie experiences key in Matt Polster's growth with Fire

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As an MLS rookie, Matt Polster was asked to make significant contributionsfor a Chicago Fireteam that saw many bumps in the road.

Despite his team's failures last season, Polster gained a tremendous amount of experience both on the club and international stages.

MLS Ticker: Zardes deal, Arnaud retires, Nagbe and Chara re-sign and more

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One of the league's bright stars has extended his future with his longtime team, while one of MLS' longest serving players has called it a career.

Gyasi Zardes has reportedly signed a contract extension with the LA Galaxy. The U.S. Men's National Team forward has reportedly signed for"multiple years" on a deal that utilizes Targeted Allocation Money.

The new MLS jerseys ahead of the 2016 season

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The start of the 21st season in MLS is just a few days away, and most teams will be running around with a brand-new look.

Almost all 20 MLS teams officially revealed a new jersey ahead of the 2016 season, with the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas being the only two exceptions. FC Dallas will unveil its new kit on Thursday night, while the Rapids have planned an event for March 10.

Selling hope in MLS

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The Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, and Philadelphia Union are all trying to sell hope to their local fan bases. Read More

Veljko Paunovic

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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The rematch of the season opener is on tap for Sunday (6pm on Fox Sports1) and Martin Tomszak is back with another look at New York City FC. The Fire will attempt to avoid another dubious record on the books.

What Are They All About? NYCFC

Victory at last! In what seemed like an away match for both sides due to the sparse attendance and the Alaskan like weather, the Chicago Fire finally notched their first win of the season defeating Philadelphia 1-0.

Women in Soccer, Chicago Fire ‘Keeper Debate and “Puto”

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National Women's Day

Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas have female capos? I did not until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.

Women in Soccer, Chicago Fire ‘Keeper Debate and “Puto”

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National Women's Day

Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas has female capos? I did not know this until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.

Fire on Wrong Side of Toyota Park Goal Fest

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Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic told his players to enjoy the game in his pre-game chat ahead of the team's home opener on Sunday. After a bewildering 4:3 defeat to New York City FC, one must wonder how many of his players enjoyed the smoking, hot mess.

Fire on Wrong Side of Toyota Park Goal Fest

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Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic told his players to enjoy the game in his pre-game chat ahead of the team's home opener on Sunday. After a bewildering 4:3 defeat to New York City FC, one must wonder how many of his players enjoyed the smoking, hot mess.

#cf97 – Hope, Passion and the Fire’s Three-Way Battle for ‘Keeper

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I'm back, with another installment of my "Monday Musings" column on a Tuesday. Why am I back? Or, why was I gone? The answer to both questions is simple: a loss of "passion" for my beloved Chicago Fire Soccer Club. I'd been sitting on a draft of this piece, weighing whether my passion has beenproperly reignited.

Philadelphia Union

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire April 2nd, 2016

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It's time for the fans to rate the performance of the individual players against the Chicago Fire.

The Philadelphia Union played against the sun, the snow, the wind and the Fire on Saturday afternoon in Chicago, and in the end the elements were just too much. A Warren Creavalle red card changed the direction of a game that the Union had started to control and that was enough to give Chicago the edge and a narrow 1-0 victory.

Match 4: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire

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Everything you need to know about the Chicago Fire match with the Philadelphia Union, from previews to recap and analysis.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire

Date: Saturday, April 2nd

Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Toyota Park

Referees: REF: Silviu Petrescu, AR1: Phil Briere, AR2: Gianni Facchini, 4th: Kevin Terry, Jr.

Fire v Union match preview

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After a two week break from league play the Fire are back in action and in need of some points at home. The opponent is off to a good start this season as a pair of young teams and coaches face off. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the challenge from former Fire defender Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union.

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.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire

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Jim Curtin will need to make some tough lineup decisions, now that his squad is almost fully healthy.

Game: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire

Date: Saturday, April 2nd

Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Toyota Park

Referees: REF: Silviu Petrescu, AR1: Phil Briere, AR2: Gianni Facchini, 4th: Kevin Terry, Jr.

The Rest

Fire keep growing with third straight shutout in draw with NYCFC

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire began the season by surrendering four goals in a disappointing defeat in their home opener.

Since then, the defense has tightened up and the points have accumulated.

The Fire extended their surprisingundefeated streak to four games on Sunday night by keeping New York City FC off the board in a scoreless draw at Yankee Stadium.

Fire and NYCFC play to drab goalless draw

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NEW YORK –New York City FC took on the Chicago Fire for the second time of the 2016 season, andthe match failed to produce the goals that highlighted the first match. However, Sunday's clash did provide abit of controversy.

The Fire scored on a 60th minute header from Jonathan Cambell but saw the goal waved away in what ended as a scoreless tieat Yankee Stadium.

Fire v Crew match preview

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It's early in the season, but the Fire will need to capitalize on playing four of the next five matches at home. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Columbus Crew in this week's match preview.

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

A point is a point is a point. We told you it wouldn't necessarily be pretty, and it wasn't, but the Chicago Fire managed to snag their first point of the season last Friday against Orlando.

10-man Fire earn draw in Orlando

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Less than a week after stoppage-time heroics saw Orlando City snatch an improbable draw from the jaws of defeat, the Lions nearly worked late-game magic again. Unfortunately for Orlando City, a penalty claim went ignored in the match's final minutes.

CyleLarin appeared to be dragged down in the penalty area in the 92nd minute, but referee Ted Unkel failed to whistle the infraction on Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof, allowing the Fire to escape the Citrus Bowl with a 1-1 draw in a match that saw the Fire play nearly two-thirds of the match a man down.

OTF Boot Room #1

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Welcome to the Boot Room.

Way back in the nineties, I worked my way through undergrad as an equipment manager for Illinois State's football (the other football) team. When I wasn't on the practice field or traveling around the country to away games, I spent most of my time working in the equipment room.