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Ned Grabavoy and John Strong | Episode 409

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NBC Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong checks in to talk about Portland Timbers and the rest of the league. In the second segment, RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy discusses life with twins, NHL playoffs and his goal celebration.

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Technically Speaking: #CHIvNE

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The Revs and Fire tied Saturday, 1-1, in a game where it could be argued that both got what they deserved. Each side had excellent chances – point-blank opportunities, in fact – to win the game. But the finishing touch simply was not there for either, resulting in a frustrating tie for both – especially, perhaps, the Fire.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It was just another week and another assist for Chicago Fire rookie Harrison Shipp.

Shipp showed off his playmaking abilities once again in the Fire's 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution by setting up the Fire's lone goal. The Notre Dame product'sthird assist in six games helped him earn SBI MLS Rookie of the Week honors yet again.

Late missed penalty forces Fire to settle for tie vs. Revs

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By CARL SETTERLUND

The Chicago Fire entered Saturday afternoon's home match against the New England Revolution with ties in each of its previous five games. Although the final result saw that run extended to six games, it wasn't for lack of late drama.

First half goals by the Fire's red-hot Quincy Amarikwa and New England's Lee Nguyen secured a 1-1 result in front of 15,743 at Toyota Park, but they saved plenty of fireworks for the end after Amarikwa's second yellow card in the 73rd minute.

Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution, Live at 4pm ET on NBCSN: Open Thread

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Chicago Fire (0-1-5) vs New England Revolution (2-3-1)
Toyota Park
April 19, 2013
4 p.m (NBCSN)

Probable Lineup:

The Chicago Fire come into this game still looking for their first "W" of the season. The Fire reached a draw for a fifth consecutive match, playing to a 1-1 result with the Montréal Impact last Saturday.

What They’re Saying: #CHIvNE

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With the Revolution and Fire set to meet for the first time this season, let's take a look at what the players and coaches were saying in preparation forSaturday's clash at Toyota Park.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps (via revolutionsoccer.

Chivas USA rookie McNamara to undergo surgery for torn ACL

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Chivas USA midfielder Thomas McNamara has seen his impressive rookie season cut short after it was revealed he suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his right knee during last Saturday's 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers.

SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Harrison Shipp

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Rookie of the Year race is turning into a one-man show in MLS, with Harrison Shipp once again displaying the qualities that have him looking very much like the best first-year pro in Major League Soccer.

Shipp turned in another solid performance for the Chicago Fire last weekend, proving to be a handful all match in a 1-1 tie against the Montreal Impact.

Mike Magee gets new contract with the Chicago Fire

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Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has a new contract with the club after an All-Star season in MLS. Read More

SBI MLS Rookie of the Month: Harrison Shipp

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chicago Fire are not off to an impressive start in 2014, but the same cannot be said of rookie Harrison Shipp.

The Notre Dame product and Homegrown Player signing has gotten off to a solid start in his first month as a professional, starting in three of the Fire's four games in March and assisting on two goals.

Quincy Amarikwa

Breakdown: Fire vs. Revs

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Despite another goal, it was a rough and tumble day for Weapon Q... (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick empathizes with the gaffer. A tough one indeed...

If you follow soccer, you often hear talk of this team or that team "deserving" a win, despite a result to the contrary.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) vs. New England Revolution (1)

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Bakary Soumare did his job well on Saturday, to little avail (photo: goal.com)

OTF contributor T.J. Zaremba brings you "the Seinfeld Game"...

As I left Toyota Park Saturday afternoon after Chicago Fire tied the MLS record for consecutive ties, I thought of Seinfeld.

Fire Escape

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Despite being outshot 17 to four, the New England Revolution managed to leave Toyota Park with a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire thanks to Bobby Shuttleworth's stoppage time penalty kick save. Quincy Amarikwa opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but Lee Nguyen tied it for New England with a 31st minute penalty kick.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Six

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Break the spell (image: sportsspyder.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 14.4/19 ( +0.4 from last week) MLSsoccer.com(13)

"Went on the road and got a point, which seems to be their thing.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Six

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Alex was a box-to-box force last Saturday (photo: thestate.com)

The Roundtable brings you some over-the-counter medicine for what ails the Fire...

Well, this week's question is obvious:

What needs to happen to turn all these Fire draws into wins?

Emanuel Corpus

Emanuel is on vacation this week.

Breakdown: Fire at Impact

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Yet another strong, gutsy performance by Quincy Amarikwa (photo: chicagotribune.com)

The Fire remain winless, but OTF editor Scott Fenwick finds improvement and joy in the numbers...

If you look at the metrics, it's truly bewildering Chicago didn't come away with its first win in Montreal last weekend.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at Montreal Impact (1)

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Capitaine Jeff et le match nul dans le Dome (photo: windsorstar.com)

OTF's Brendan Carr brings you a meditation on mediocrity...

The script before the match seemed to be more important than the result. It was the battle of the sweater vests, as the two Franks, Yallop and Klopas, faced off on the Stade Olympique carpet.

Amarikwa equalizer spoils McInerney’s debut as Fire tie Impact

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By RYAN TOLMICH

It looked to be an ideal start to the beginning of the Jack McInerney era in Montreal.

The 21-year-old striker, traded to the Impact just last week, debuted in style for his new club with a 43rd minute goal to give his side the lead.

However, a Quincy Amarikwa equalizer shortly after halftime spoiled both McInerney's debut and Impact head coach Frank Klopas' first match with his former club, the Chicago Fire, as the Impact were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in Montreal.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Five

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Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 14.8/19 (+1.2 from last week) Soccer America(14)

"The Fire was a penalty kick away from its first win of 2014 butMike Magee's low shot was saved deep into stoppage time of a 2-2 tie with Philadelphia.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Five

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Matt Watson's played admirably so far this season. Would he be in your starting XI? (photo: sportsspyder.com)

Five games in, it's a Roundtable full of gaffers...

Four draws in a row.

At times the Fire are so close to victory, yet so far as well. The margins are indeed thin.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Philadelphia Union (2)

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JLA MVP? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Alex White looks back on yet another drawn match, one that could have been so different...

The way expectations play with your emotions is a funny thing. Beforehand, I thought I had a bead on how this match, and this season,would go.

Saved By Zac: Chicago Fire 2-2 Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union were flirting with disaster after an Aaron Wheeler penalty in stoppage time, but Zac MacMath stepped up and saved the day and preserved the draw.

After playing what was probably their worst game of the season, the Union managed to gain a 2-1 lead only to lose it once again late in the second half.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Four

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Where is the love? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Each week, OTF editor Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 16/19 (-0.1 from last week) Soccer America(14)

"Quincy Amarikwa's equalizer in the 82nd minute earned a 2-2 tie after twice D.

New England Revolution

By the Numbers: #CHIvNE Postgame

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Andy Dorman's 91% passing accuracy was the best of any starter from Saturday's game in Chicago. (Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com)

Saturday afternoon's nationally televised match-up between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire was quite the roller coaster with the Fire taking the early lead through Quincy Amarikwa only to give it up 15 minutes later through a Lee Nguyen penalty kick.

By the Numbers: #CHIvNE Pregame

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When the New England Revolution head to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon, both clubs will be looking to put an end to some disappointing streaks. While fifth place New England (2-3-1, 7 points) will be looking for just their second positive road result of the season, the ninth place Fire (0-1-5, 5 points) are still in search of their first victory of the year.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution

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Will the big guy keep his cool versus the Revs this time around? (photo: soccerbyives.net)

OTF'sJon Denham is here to explain why his glass is half full, while Seth Macomberof Total MLS provides a glimpse into the New England camp...

These days, Fire Nation seems to fall firmly on one side of the fence or the other.

Philadelphia Union

The Whole Story: Matchday 6 Union host Real Salt Lake

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Get The Whole Story on Matchday 6 as the Union host Real Salt Lake at PPL - from preview to post match analysis

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Match Preview - Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Perhaps the biggest test of the new-look Union comes Saturday, as Real Salt Lake heads to PPL Park.

The Philadelphia Union face their toughest test this Saturday when last year's MLS Cup Runners Up Real Salt Lake come to PPL Park. Make no mistake, this will be one of the toughest matches the Union will play all year.

Fire 2-2 Union: Stat Hero of the Match

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The stat zero of the week is another team award, but who walked away the hero? This weekly look inside the numbers reveals that the Union struggled mightily to contain the Fire's long passes.

For a little while it looked like the Philadelphia Union were going to get away with an extremely lucky three points.

MacMath saves late PK to help Union salvage draw vs. Fire

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By IVES GALARCEP

The Philadelphia Union watched another late lead disappear, and when Aaron Wheeler clumsily stuck a leg out and fouled Juan Luis Anangono in the penalty area to give the Chicago a last-second penalty kick, it looked as though the Union were set for another nightmare ending.

Match Report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Chicago Fire

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Despite looking second best much of the afternoon, the Union nearly stole a road victory until they unraveled at the death, forcing Zac MacMath to heroically save a penalty to maintain a solitary point.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park in an attempt to light 'em up and be on fire.

UNION GAME #5
VS
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
April 5, 2014
5:00 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Conor Casey
Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane Defense Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Logan Pause, Dilly Duka, Benji Joya, Alex, Juan Luis Anongono Bench Andre Blake, Ethan White, Austin Berry, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Corben Bone, Antoine Hoppenot
Stats (Explained Here)
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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.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Chris Rolfe's time in a Fire uniform has come to an end. Meanwhile, the team returns to Toyota Park to take on some familiar faces Saturday. (photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

OTF'sJon Denhambids Chris Rolfe farewell, and Ed Welshfrom Brotherly Gameprovides the latest from a club down by the river.

Match Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Both teams are desperate to regain points after disappointing results in March. What are the key matchups that each team will try to exploit to get a result in the win column?

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

Toyota Park- Bridgeview, IL

April 5th, 2014

5:00pm EST on MLS Live, CSN-Philly, My50 Chicago

Philadelphia leads the all-time series with a 5-4-1 record

The 1-1-2 Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park to face their second consecutive winless club, the 0-1-3 Chicago Fire.

Patrick Nyarko

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

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Saturday's match is very much about what Frank Klopas is capable of... (Photo: Getty Images)

OTF'sJon Denhamexplains the 'Frank' situationand applauds the Magee signing, while Sofiane Benzaza returns to provide le dossier sur L'Impact...

Zero. Nada. None.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union

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While the attack was robust and balanced last weekend, the Fire came up a goal short of its first win. Again. (image: mlssoccer.com)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick has a look at the numbers and tries to make sense of yet another Chicago Fire draw...

Often, stats and infographics are just the trick when looking for evidence to make strong conclusions about what happened in a given match, and why.

The Rest

Sporting Welcome the East

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Sporting KC has spent the entirety of the early MLS season playing the Western Conference. The team's first five games have all been against the Western Conference, with Sporting earning a 2-1-2 record against the West going 1-1 on the road and 1-0-2 at home. But now Kansas City steps back into conference play as the team's next 10 games are against the Eastern Conference.

Episode 139 – Mean Ol’ Bitch

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Join the guys as they talk about recent DC United news, including development in the DC primaries. The boys also talk about DC's recent two games, including the draw against the fire and the win against the Revolution. FInally the guys talk about the US Men's national team and the upcoming friendlies leading up to the World Cup.

Player ratings and analysis: Fire 2-2 Union

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PSP's Mike Servedio has player ratings and analysis from the Union's 2-2 draw at Chicago.