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The Chicago Fire reset their roster

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The Chicago Fire move toward the 2015 MLS season by drastically reducing their squad after declining options on players. Read More

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen and DeAndre Yedlin have been returned to their MLS clubs, the last three appropriately for playoff duty. No supplements to the squad at this time, leaving us with... G - Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha

The Salary Cap – Love It or Leave It?

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As the playoffs begin and fans of teams not in competition begin to look toward next season the salary cap will be the talk of the MLS town this off-season. The 2014 cap was set at $3.1 million, compared to $2.95 million in 2013 and $2.81 million in 2011. Now,..

Chicago Fire 2 – Houston Dynamo 1

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The Chicago Fire scored in stoppage time to beat the Houston Dynamo in the final 2014 MLS game for both clubs. Read More

DC United 2 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

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DC United's current season is a case study for the Chicago Fire. After completing one of the worst seasons in MLS history in 2013 with only three wins, DC has bounced back to finish atop the Eastern Conference. By completely revamping their back line and most of the remaining eleven, save Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon, DC was able to rebuild in the course of one off season.

D.C. United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, D.C. United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United beats Chicago, clinches worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United clinches first in the East, worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

United clinches first in the East, worst-to-first reverse

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A goal and an assist Saturday night from Eddie Johnson propelled DCU to a 2-1 win over Chicago and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, DC United wore black. And perhaps also for the last time in this 2014 MLS regular season, television sets across the District wore the same.

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire MLS TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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A win or draw will clinch first place in the East for United, who will host a Chicago Fire team that has been looking at these final games as an extended preseason after a very disappointing 2014.

Clinching first place in the Eastern Conference requires just one more point from D.C. United, and it's a deceptively important achievement.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire lineup: Eddie Johnson a starter again

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Eddie Johnson makes his return to the MLS starting ranks as D.C. United look to lock up first place in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United comes into this game with one thing in mind: locking up first place in the Eastern Conference. A draw or a win will do that for D.C. United, and they are playing against the draw kings of MLS, the Chicago Fire, but a win keeps them above other playoff teams in the race to host MLS Cup.

MLS Scores: Wins for Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps

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MLS played two games on Friday night with Sporting Kansas City beating Chicago and Vancouver shutting out Seattle. Read More

Is MLS the league of ties?

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With the Chicago Fire setting the new single-season MLS record for ties, is the league returning to where it was in 2011? Read More

MLS Scores: Philadelphia Union 1 – Chicago Fire 1

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The Philadelphia Union gave up a late equalizer to the Chicago Fire in a game with potential playoff implications in MLS. Read More

Out of the running in MLS

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Of the MLS teams waiting to be mathematically eliminated from the 2014 playoffs, Tony Edwards picks one for a 2015 turnaround. Read More

Highest Paid Player In MLS Has Yet To Play A Game In League

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The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.

Chicago Fire Launch Fan Designed 2014/15 adidas Third Jersey

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In the news in September for signing former France, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid striker Florent [...]

Analysing The MLS Playoff Race In Detail

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There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.

MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After not starting a game since Aug. 30, Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp made his return to the starting XI and displayed his passing flair.

Shipp contributed anassist as the Fire earned yet another draw, the team's 17th of the season, with Eastern Conference leaders D.

Philadelphia Union

Chicago Fire declines to exercise the options on eleven players

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Would any of them benefit the Union?

The Chicago Fire exercised contract options on six of their players today, which means they also declined to exercise the options on eleven of their players today. As reported by our friends at Hot Time in Old Town earlier this month, there are quite a few recognizable names on the list.

The Chase; A Post-Match Day 31 Look At the Union's Playoff Picture

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The Union were one Rais M'Bolhi completed clearance away from a real shot at making the playoffs. Now, with the Union helping the Chicago Fire towards their goal of most draws in league history, the Union have their backs against the wall. In this week's playoff picture analysis we see how the Eastern Conference is shaping up.

The Aristocrats: Philadelphia Union 1-1 Chicago Fire

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There shouldn't be any words, but words must be written.

The first 85 minutes of the match were eventless. Completely and utterly eventless. Nothing happened. Zero. Zilch. Exceedingly rare was any semblance of a shot on target from both sides. Non-existent was a scoring chance of real quality.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire square off for some Thursday Night Football tonight on ESPN2. All my rowdy friends do not want to watch Christian Ponder play handegg.

UNION GAME #31
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 2, 2014
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Andrew Wenger, Pedro Ribeiro Forward Harry Shipp, Quincy Amerikwa

Cristian Maidana, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira, Fred

Midfield Grant Ward, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Sanna Nyassi
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Alex
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Zac MacMath, Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll, Antoine Hoppenot, Ethan White, Brian Brown, Danny Cruz Bench Kyle Reynish, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Ritter, Patrick Nyarko, Matt Watson, Robert Earnshaw, Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Stats (Explained Here)
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The Whole Story: Match Day 31 Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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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.

D.C. United

USA Announces 25-Man Squad For Friendlies Against Colombia and Ireland

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US Soccer has announced its 25-man squad for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.

The squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Hamburg), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

There are several surprise inclusions in the squad, most notably Jordan Morris from Stanford University, Rubio Rubin from Utrecht, Bobby Wood from 1860 Munich and Greg Garza (Club Tijuana).

Filibuster podcast episode 103: Chicago Fire review, Tauro FC and Montreal Impact preview

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On tap tonight: Manhattan, a Gin Pontius, and Courvoisier

The Filibuster gang is back, once again, to preview and review all of D.C. United's soccer action. We start with the conference title clinching win against the Chicago Fire, in which we talk about Chris Pontius, Eddie Johnson and the team in general's composure on the ball, Nick DeLeon and Fabian Espindola's play, and more!

The Last Word on D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Good Enough rather than Good

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United didn't exactly put on a brilliant show, but they were the better team in the crucial moments against Chicago Saturday. That was good enough to clinch first place, but it won't be enough to make a run at MLS Cup.

The positive side of D.C. United's 2-1 win Saturday night is well-known: First place in the Eastern Conference was assured, and with it a spot in the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League (not to mention the allocation money that MLS gives out to benefit that particular cause).

D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire: Video highlights, and stray thoughts from the conference-clinching win

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So, what do we think of the Black-and-Red the morning after they clinched the Eastern Conference title and a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League?

Rather than try to break down D.C. United's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in any kind of coherent way, I'm just going to spill my thoughts on the Eastern Conference champs' clinching result onto the screen, and we'll see what happens.

D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

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We think that D.C. United will beat the draw kings of Chicago; what do you think?

D.C. United takes on the draw kings of MLS this evening when they invite the Chicago Fire into RFK Stadium. The Fire now have the two seasons with the most draws in the history of the league; however, the Black and Red United staff does not think that they will improve on that number today.

Filibuster podcast episode 102: D.C. United beats Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire preview

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On tap tonight: Stone IPA, Eagle Rare, Bourbon Rickey, rum and coke.

It is Tuesday, so it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to fill your ears with talk of D.C. United's 3-1 win against the Houston Dynamo. We talk about our favorite goal of the bunch, break down Taylor Kemp's first goal of his career, ask whether or not we are concerned about the lack of possession early in the game, rave about Bill Hamid's save on Giles Barnes, and talk about Eddie Johnson.

Filibuster podcast episode 99: Concachamps and Philadelphia Union

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On tap tonight: Mint Julep, Dale's Pale Ale, New Belgium Tour De Fall

What you need, when you need it: The Filibuster podcast is back once again to talk about D.C. United and the soccer that they play. We start off by talking about our range of emotions through the game against the Chicago Fire, talk about the defense generally and Taylor Kemp in particular, and then talk about the magic that was Luis Silva and how fair the result overall was.

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Clinches Playoff Berth on Backs of Gruenebaum and Zusi

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Sporting KC clinched their fourth straight playoff berth last night at Sporting Park as they beat the Chciago Fire 2-0. Sporing was led by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who recorded six saves and Graham Zusi who had a goal and an assist in the game.

The game started well for Sporting as they pressured the Fire early on and in the12th minute won a penalty kick.

Match Day 32 - Playoffs Within Reach

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Despite the losses, the winless run, and the two wins in their last 10 games, Sporting Kansas City have the chance to clinch a playoff berth tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire, a win and Sporting is into the playoffs again this year. Standing in their way at Sporting Park, the Fire have been eliminated from the playoff race this year already.

The Rest

Monday Freedom Kicks: BEASTern Conference Top Seed

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We give you all the recaps, banners and new brewery news you can handle on this First in the East Monday.

That was fun, real fun. Personally, I had fun yelling at Jeff Larentowicz to get the [hell] off my field at the end of the game. But first:

Recaps of D.C. United's first-place clinching win over the Chicago Fire from us, MLSsoccer.

United capture Eastern Conference title with 2-1 win over Chicago

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Needing only one point to take home an improbable worst-to-first Eastern Conference title run, D.C. United did what they have been doing all season long producing wins this one of course being the most important as the Black-and-Red defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 tonight at chilly RFK Stadium. One season after producing the [.

Opposite View: Three Questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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We caught up with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, to ask him a few questions regarding the last meeting of the season between the Union and the Fire.

tBG) Realistically, Chicago is eliminated from playoff contention, being ten points out with only five matches left.

Cummings, Garcia score for Dynamo in victory over Fire

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By RYAN TOLMICH

As the MLS season winds to a close, the Houston Dynamo are in need of a steady stream of victories if the team hopes to resurrect their playoff hopes.

A victory is exactly what the Dynamo got Sunday, with Omar Cummings and Boniek Garcia each scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at BBVA Compass Stadium.