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Can anybody pull a Colorado in 2017?

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Can any MLS team follow Colorado's example from last season and turnaround a struggling franchise? We name three candidates for a strong 2017.

Dax McCarty displeased with Red Bulls' handling of trade to Fire

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The days immediately following yourwedding are supposed to be some of the happiest of your life, but they were not forDax McCarty. His professional life got in the way of his personal one.

McCarty was abruptly traded from the New York Red Bulls to the Chicago Fire in the middle of January, just days after he tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend Jen and arrived at U.

MLS Ticker: Polster to miss seven weeks, several stadium updates, and more

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The Chicago Fire have composed a solid offseason so far as they seek to escape the gutter of the Eastern conference, but an unfortunate injuryhas thrown a wrench into their plans.

Fire defender Matt Polster could reportedly miss up to seven weeks after suffering a knee sprain in preseason training last week.

Chicago Fire 2017 adidas Away Jersey

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The only Major League Soccer team to win MLS Cup in their first year of existence, the Chicago Fire today unveiled their 2017 away jersey. The only new kit expected from the club for what will be their twentieth season, the new Fire shirt is uses the gray at the center of the club's crest [...]

MLS Ticker: Hamlett acting as Red Bulls sporting director, Galaxy sign Alessandrini, and more

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One of the strangest sagas of the offseason continues, as the New York Red Bulls front office drama takes another twist.

Denis Hamlett, assistant coach under Jesse Marsch, appears to be operating as the team's Sporting Director, with current director Ali Curtis' status up in the air, reports Metro .

MLS Ticker: Herculez Gomez retires to join ESPN, and more

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Herculez Gomez just won an MLS Cup crown, and he is riding off into the sunset withit.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Gomez has joined its team as a soccer analyst and has retired from professional soccer. The 34-year-old forward's decision to hang up his cleats in order to be in the studio for English and Spanish-language programscomes after he helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup last month.

Report: Red Bulls trade captain Dax McCarty to Fire

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The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls have reportedly completed a blockbuster trade.

According to FourFourTwo, the Red Bulls have traded captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $400,000 in general allocation money split over the next two seasons.

This reported move bolsters a Fire midfield that already contains Juninho, who was acquired on loan from Club Tijuana earlier in the offseason.

Report: Fire offer Schweinsteiger a 3-year deal

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The Chicago Fire are reportedly in play for German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

According to, the Manchester United man has been offered a three-year deal with an annual salary of $5.5 million.

Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic reportedly met with Schweinsteiger in October and is keen to sign him in time for the beginning of preseason in January.

MLS Ticker: Birnbaum, Minnesota United, Schweinsteiger and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team defender is set to receive an improved offer from his club, while Minnesota United may be closing in on a head coaching hire.

D.C. United is reportedly preparing a contract extension offer for Steve Birnbaum, whose current deal expires after the 2017 season.

Draw in Chicago, win for the Rapids

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The Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew drew at Toyota Park and the Colorado Rapids beat San Jose at home in MLS action.

Crew officially eliminated from playoff contention despite Jahn's brace

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Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.

An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.

MLS Week 31: A Look Ahead

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With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.

One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.

Chad Marshall header pushes Sounders above red line

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SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.

MLS Week 31: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.

The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.

Fire commit bevy of mistakes en route to latest disappointing defeat

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NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.

There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 30

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With only five weeks left in the MLS regular season, the race to the playoffs is heating up.

A battle between first and second place in the Eastern Conference highlights the action this weekend, with Toronto FC hosting the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

MLS Look Ahead: Week 29

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There is a full slate of games this weekend in MLS following the international break,and an American soccer legendcould return to the pitch on Sunday.

Landon Donovan is back with the LA Galaxy after announcing that he is coming out of retirement to finish the 2016 season in light of the injury problems at the club.

The Best of MLS Week 26: Lampard, Fire and more

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Despite the international break, the weekend provided a thrilling slate of MLS games that included some very memorable performances.

Here's a look at this week's Best of MLS:


On a day recognized as Frank Lampard Day, the NYCFC midfielder stepped up late to seal a dramatic three points for the Eastern Conference contender.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Here's your chance to talk about the Philadelphia Union as they look for three important points on the road against a hapless Chicago Fire team.

Venue: Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)
Date: September 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 PM
Television: The Comcast Network (Philadelphia), CSN Plus (Chicago), DirecTV 473, MLS Direct Kick
Online Streaming: MLS Live, MLS Direct Kick
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MLS Week 28: A Look Ahead

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This weekend may be dominated by the international break, but there are still plenty of games in MLS as the regular season begins to wind down.

A key showdown in the Western Conference between the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas highlights Week 28.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia may have improved, but so has everyone else

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Philadelphia Union could be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference, but when teams like Toronto can pick up guys like Victor Vazquez, it means most teams are getting better thanks to TAM. PSP's Dan Walsh explains.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Chicago Fire

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Michael de Leeuw scored the lone goal to drop the Union in a closed door scrimmage in Bradenton, Florida.

Match Recap: Chicago Fire beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 in windy Florida friendly

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Fans got their first look at the 2017 Union as they laced up against the Fire in a friendly matinee.

The Chicago Fire brought the wind with them and swept away the Union with a 1-0 victory in Florida. The lone goal came in the 56th minute when a cross by Nemanja Nikolic found the head of Michael de Leeuw.

Fire v Union preseason preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Sweet, sweet victory! This past Saturday the Chicago Fire defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 1-0 with a debut goal from Nemanja Nikolic. Aside from building fitness, experimenting with formations, and getting an immediate return on their investment in the Hungarian, Chicago was able to trot out a few trialists as they look to fill out the roster before the MLS season begins.

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

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What Are They All Aboot, Eh? Toronto FC

This past weekend the Chicago Fire defiantly smiled in the face of all the naysayers and those preconditioned for pessimism to march into 9th place of the Eastern Conference. An emphatic 3-0 performance against the Philadelphia Union put the Fire just six points outside of a playoff spot with at least a match in hand on the teams directly in front of them.

Fire Get Back on Winning Track

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If any psychological demons remained in the Chicago Fire's locker room following their 6:2 debacle at RFK Stadium last week, they were exorcised on Saturday when the Fire swept the Philadelphia Union out of town by a resounding 3:0 scoreline. The Fire played played some attractive soccer at times, and were competent on both sides of the ball.

Player rating survey: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire September 3rd, 2016

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Now's your chance to let us know how the Union players did against the Fire.

A 3-0 loss to the lowly Chicago Fire is not something you'd expect from a team that's playoff bound and challenging for a conference title, but here we are. The Philadelphia Union needed three points from this match to keep pace with the rest of the Eastern Conference, and didn't deliver.

Veljko Paunovic

MLS Eastern Conference Preview: Chicago Fire

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After two straight seasons at the bottom of the table, the Fire are desperate to be competitive

The Chicago Fire have been MLS's worst club for two straight years. In 2015, they lost 20 times, fired coach Frank Yallop mid-season, and did not retain interim boss Brian Bliss. In 2016, after new GM Nelson Rodriguez hand-picked Veljko Paunovic to be the club's new head coach, they picked up precisely one more point in the standings, and actually won fewer games and had a worse goal difference.

Fire v New York City FC match preview

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What Are They All About? NYCFC

In the 92nd minute of this past weekend's Chicago Fire match there was an aura of anticipation that could be felt around Toyota Park. To no one's surprise, Veljko Paunovic and his charges obliged expectations by conceding a late equalizer to DC United.

Columbus Crew

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Either the glass is ¼ full or ¾ empty. The Chicago Fire tied longtime rival Columbus Crew on Thursday evening 2-2 at Toyota Park. The penultimate home match for Chicago was a heated affair on what was otherwise a frigid and windy October night.

Fire v Crew re-match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

It appears as if adaptability, knowledge, confidence, and resourcefulness are not always useful in acquiring three points. Sometimes you need grit, determination, the will to win, and to put it quite bluntly, ability. The Chicago Fire were lacking in all of the latter in their encounter with longtime rivals Columbus before the international break.

Crew thump Fire to remain in playoff chase

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The Columbus Crew aren't dead yet.

Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.

Fire v Crew match preview

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What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire's midweek loss to Seattle and DC United's win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of a consolation.

The Crew tries to avoid what’s already happened to Chicago

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The Columbus Crew still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, but they'll need to take six against Chicago in the soccer news.


Villa's brace, Shelton's assists power NYCFC past Fire

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NEW YORK — New York City FC still needs a little help this weekend, but the second-year club did its part on Friday night in hopes of clinching its first playoff berth.

Behind a brace from David Villa and tallies from Jefferson Mena and Steven Mendoza, NYCFC topped the Chicago Fire, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium to temporarily reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Soccer TV: NYCFC vs Chicago Fire

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NYCFC plays the Chicago Fire, Borussia Dortmund is back in action, and there are games from Ligue 1 and La Liga on Friday's soccer TV schedule.

The Rest

Revs all but knocked out of postseason picture with loss to Fire

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Facing the conference's worst team, the New England Revolution had a favorable schedule for their push to the playoffs, but a shock upset all but eliminated them on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Fire played spoiler, knocking off the Revs, 2-1, at Toyota Park in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.

Revolution Wary of “Dangerous” Chicago Fire Ahead of Critical Road Match

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The Revs won't take last-place Chicago lightly on Sunday.

The Revolution have playoff aspirations. The Fire, officially eliminated from the playoffs two weeks ago, have spent much of the 2016 season near the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.

Even though these situations differ, the Revs understand the importance of Sunday's match at Toyota Park.

Sounders vs. Chicago Fire recap: Chad Marshall puts Seattle into playoff position

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Sounders aren't particularly convincing, but they get job done.

SEATTLE — It was a long climb — and isn't finished yet — but the Seattle Sounders have finally found themselves in playoff position.

They have Chad Marshall's head and Andreas Ivanschitz's service to thank, as they combined for the game's only goal in a somewhat ugly 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

Altidore continues hot streak to lead TFC past Fire

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After shining for the U.S. Men's National Team during the international break, Jozy Altidore's recent hot streak continued on Saturday with Toronto FC.

Altidore provided a goal and an assist on Saturday night, leading the way in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire.