Chicago Fire

Jeff Larentowicz

Breakdown: Fire at Impact, Game 2

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I got your "Opa" right here (mlssoccer.com & tsn2)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's debacle north of the border...

Upon learningthe Fire gave all three points to the last place Impact, (I was in Wisconsinvisiting family) most figuremy reaction would be this.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Red Bulls, Aug. 10 Edition

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Magee decides to use his PK to get Robles out of the way for his rebound shot (espnfc.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's second win of the season against the Red Bulls...

I think it is safe to say that the New York Red Bulls (or is it Red Bulls New York?) are not fond of Toyota Park.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Crew

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"Ouch! That hurts!" (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire'smarch towards 16...

Much to the chagrin of many of the Fire faithful, the Men In Red gained their 13th draw in 21 attempts for a 62% draw percentage.

As frustrating at this may be on the surface, this was the Fire's second game in four nights, while the Crew had the week off.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Whitecaps

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Quincy watching a different game than anyone else (www.theprovince.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's latest step in theirmarch toward the league record in draws...

The result of Wednesday night's game between the Fire and Whitecaps was never in question. It was going to be a tie.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (0) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (0)

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(image via MLSsoccer.com)

OTF's Brian Howe Battle runs out of bad things to say about the Chicago Fire's impressionof a soccer team

While Kansas City made a bold move earlier this week to become "Soccertown USA," the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire continue to fightfor the title"King of the Draw.

Postgame quotes: Fire 1-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Sebastien Le Toux, and Zac MacMath. Also, Chicago's frustration with the penalty kick call.

When you're hot you're hot, you really shoot your shot: Chicago Fire 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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A last minute penalty saved the Union from disappointment as Le Toux's shot stole the Union a point in Toyota Park.

Playing their third game in eight days, the Philadelphia Union played like it Saturday night at Toyota Park. But thanks to a controversial late penalty call, the Union managed a 1-1 draw in a crucial road match that all things considered will have them sleeping well at night.

Frank Yallop

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (0) at Montreal Impact (1)

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Red vs Blue, the Battle for the Bottom (Photo Chicago Fire)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey demands an attitude adjustment after Chicago Fire's 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact...

Nothing about this Chicago Fire team merits comment. Not one of the players on the pitch deserves to have any notice taken of them; they have played themselves into inconsequence.

Acquisition Report Card: A Grade for Each Chicago Fire Newcomer

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Close your Lisa FrankTrapper-Keepers and put down your no.2pencils, the mid-term grades for Chicago Fire n00bz are in, and some are better than others.

Six starters fromthe 2013 opening day havenotmadeit to this point in the2014 season. In addition to thatpersonnel,the Chicago Fire have also ejected an impressive portfolio of otherplayers .

Major League Soccer

Di Vaio scores late to lead Impact over Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Recent acquisitionIgnacio Piatti made his debut for the Montreal Impact Saturday, but it was one of the Impact's more familiar faces that truly made the difference in their clash with the Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo.

Fire add former TFC forward Earnshaw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After departing the league in 2013, former Toronto FC forward Robert Earnshawdecided he wanted to return to MLS midway through this season.

The Chicago Fire announced Monday that the clubhas acquired the former TFC striker on a free transfer, with the Welsh international set to join the team upon receipt of his visa and international transfer certificate.

Seattle Sounders rout Chicago Fire to advance to the US Open Cup final

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The Seattle Sounders dominated the Chicago Fire in the 2014 US Open Cup semifinals, winning 6-0 in Tukwila. Read More

Union to face Seattle in US Open Cup Final

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September 16th at PPL Park will see the Philadelphia Union face off against the Seattle Sounders for the 2014 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.

The Philadelphia Union now know their opponents for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final: three-time winners Seattle Sounders will make the trek to PPL Park on September 16.

Fire shut down Red Bulls

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By JUSTIN REASH

With the previous matchup between the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire resulting in an exciting5-4 Fire victory,Sunday's rematch between the two Eastern Conference playoff contenders had a lot to live up to.

Although Sunday's clash had little in common with its predecessor, the Fire emerged victorious yet again by knockingoff the Red Bulls, 1-0, via a 39th minute Mike Magee penalty kick.

SBI MLS Mid-Season Rookie of the Year: Harry Shipp

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By DAN KARELL

When HarryShipp quietly became the Chicago Fire's first Homegrown Player, few expected him to explode on the scene like this.

The Fire rookie has been the clear leader in the MLS 2014 Rookie class and has been a regular starter for the Fire all season under head coach Frank Yallop, helping keep the Fire in contention for one of the final playoff places in the Eastern Conference.

Dispatch from the Abyss: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Columbus Crew (1)

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Mad Mike: The Penalty Scorerer (Chicago-Fire.com)

In the post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Bridge View, the Chicago Fire is incapable of anything except draws, and OTF's Alex White is losing it...

Like most descents into madness, it all started reasonably enough. After last game's clean sheet, coach Frank Yallop elected to continue sacrificing offensive fire-power (personified by rookie Harrison Shipp) for a defensive set-up that achieved an elusive feat of not-bottling-things.

Jones turns down $6 million Fire contract

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After spending much of the summer pursuing a move to Major League Soccer, the future of U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones is now very much in doubt.

The 32-year-old midfielder has turned down his biggest offer to date: a reported2.

The Chicago Fire are closing in on signing Jermaine Jones

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The Chicago Fire are closing in on signing Jermaine Jones - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the hero's of the 2014 World Cup for the Yanks, Jermaine Jones might be heading to the Windy City as a Designated Player. Photo provided by ChicagoFire.com.

The German/American could be heading to the Chicago Fire very soon.

Fire admit to interest in Jermaine Jones

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jermaine Jones might be joining MLS after all. It just might not be with one of the LA-based clubs.

Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop confessed to reporters following his side's goal-less draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday that the Fire havean interest in signing Jones this summer.

Fire, Whitecaps settle for scoreless draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire have been all too familiar with tying this season, and they both did so againon Wednesday.

The Whitecaps and Fire settled for a scoreless draw at Toyota Park on Wednesday night in a game that saw very few scoring chances.

Whatever happened to the Chicago Fire?

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With the Chicago Fire once again struggling in the Eastern Conference, it's worth asking what happened to one of the top MLS clubs. Read More

Impact trade Nyassi to Fire in exchange for Duka

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With both the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact struggling towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the two sides made a move towards shaking things up by swapping midfielders.

The Fire acquired 25-year-old Sanna Nyassi Tuesday from the Impact in exchange for 2010 first round pick Dilly Duka.

Summer Friendly Rewind: Tottenham beats Fire, Villa downs Dynamo, and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

In what was most likely his last game on home soil, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel emerged victorious.

The American goalkeeper played 78 minutes and kept a clean sheet in club's last stateside friendly, as Spurs knocked off the Chicago Fire 2-0.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Major League Soccer teams will look to improve their league's recent results against English Premier League sides in a trio of intriguing friendlies taking place across the country today.

The New York Red Bulls take on Arsenal today at Red Bull Arena in a match that will have special significance for Red Bulls star and Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) at San Jose Earthquakes (5)

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Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks "Then why are your having fun for?" after a 5-1 loss to San Jose...

A postmatch should have analysis and critique, calling out the poor and highlighting the well played.

Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts

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Premier League 4-0 MLS: English teams dominant over North American counterparts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Several Premier League clubs are currently over in North America on pre-season tours to get the squadprepared and to test out new formations for the up-coming season in Britain.

MLS Scores: Big wins for Manchester City, Manchester United, and San Jose

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Manchester City and Manchester United beat MLS teams in friendlies while San Jose scored 5 goals against Chicago. Read More

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Philadelphia Union (1)

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"Don't worry guys, we'll remember this moment with no mixed emotions, at all!" (Chicago-Fire.com)

After the latest Fire "result," OTF's Alex White wonders if there is any meaning to be found...

Another match drawn. Another lead lost. There is more to be said on that front, so watch this space for an analysis to come.

Union salvage point with stoppage time equalizer against Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second time this week, Philadelphia Union forward Sebastian Le Toux was clinical from the penalty spot, but Saturday's equalizer proved to be a bit more meaningful.

Le Toux converted from the spot in stoppage time, earning the Union a late 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.

Philadelphia Union

Corben Bone loaned out to USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads

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The Philadelphia Union loans attacking midfielder Corben Bone to the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL PRO.

The Philadelphia Union have announced a loan agreement with USL PRO's Wilmington Hammerheads for the services of attacking midfielder Corben Bone.

Bone was selected by the Union in the 2013 Re-Entry Draft after playing four seasons for the Chicago Fire and seeing a total of 26 minutes in the last two years, John Hackworth was familiar with Bone due to him being in Hackworth's USYNT U-17 camp back in 2005.

U.S. Open Cup Semifinals: A Look Ahead

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With 76 teams already eliminated from tournament play, the U.S. Open Cup enters its semifinal stage with a quartet of MLS sides competing for the right to be called tournament champions.

The tournament's penultimate round gets under way Tuesday whenthe Philadelphia Union visit Toyota Staadium andFC Dallas with a chance to host the tournament's final game on the line.

Bakary Soumare

Breakdown: Fire at Earthquakes

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A visual of the Fire on Wednesday night (unknown)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's train wreck in San Jose...

After much deliberation since the final whistle of the Fire's 5-1 defeat at San Jose on Wednesday night, I concluded that a train wreck was a better description than a dumpster fire (and I used the dumpster fire after the Columbus road fiasco in May).

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union, Game 2

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One Point! Of course we always get one point! (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zarembatries to find somethingto take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw...

After a gritty win on the road last Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Fire returned to their "Kings of the Draw" form on Saturday night with another uninspiring performance against the Philadelphia Union.

The Rest

Sounders hammer Fire, return to U.S. Open Cup final

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By JASON MITCHELL

The Seattle Sounders are headed to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final for the fifth time in their brief six year history.

An early tap-in from Chad Barrett triggered a cascade of goals that featured braces from Andy Rose and Kenny Cooperand ended witha 6-0 Sounders victory over the Chicago Fire in front of 4,361 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash.

“The Editorial” Revisited or You Can’t Erase History

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God bless the copy and paste buttons (chicago-fire.com)

Censors be damned, OTF opens its vault on a day it anticipated almost one year ago...

As reported by Chicago Sun Times Fire beat writer Brian Sandalow, and commented upon in the Tweet-o-sphere, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, presumably under the direction of new Communications Director Doug Hicks, removed the blog post that shocked the North American soccer world last August from its websitetoday.

Soccer News: Jermaine Jones and the Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire couldn't complete a deal for Jermaine Jones, with coach Frank Yallop explaining the waiting game in Monday's soccer news. Read More

Higuain equalizer leaves Crew, Fire tied at Toyota Park

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By JUSTIN REASH

The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew, two of the oldest MLS teams renewed their rivalry in a match requiring the Fire to earn three points to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the end, the points were shared after an open and entertaining match.

Goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuain left the Eastern Conference rivals tied, and both having missed a chance to bolster their playoff hopes.

Video Chicago Fire vs Tottenham 2014 Highlights Kane Lennon Goals Friendly Toyota Park

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Earthquakes push five past Fire in impressive victory

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Not since 2012 had the San Jose Earthquakes offense been so deadly, putting up five goals on Wednesday in an impressive victory over the Chicago Fire.

The Earthquakes were on the sweet end of a 5-1 rout against the Fire at Buck Shaw Stadium on Wednesday night, with five different players finding the back of the net for San Jose.

Monday Morning Game-Changers hits the spot

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Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.

With yet another week of three games in eight days, it is an extra long edition of game changers.