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Late Fire goal snaps FC Dallas 10-game unbeaten streak

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For 83 minutes on Saturday, the FC Dallas' 10-game unbeaten run looked like it might withstand a measured effort from the Chicago Fire in front of 16,824 fans at Toyota Park.

A late Robert Earnshaw goal his second goal in as many games changed things though, helping give the Fire just enough to hold on for a 1-0 victory.

MLS Again Creates New Rule to Appease Owners

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The return of Jermaine Jones to MLS is a great moment for the league. After his stellar play in the World Cup, the veteran midfielder was out of contract and needing one more shot at being a contributor in a major league. His agent and the Chicago Fire had been holding serious negotiations and the Fire appeared to be on the cusp of a real coup just in time for a playoff run.

Jermaine Jones lands in New England thanks to blind draw

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Major League Soccer finally signed Jermaine Jones to a contract but how they placed him on a team was a wild ride. The Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution were both hot on the chase for the World Cup star but after some back and forth the 32-year old lands in New England thanks to a blind draw held at MLS HQ.

Multiple Reports: Jermaine Jones Signs With MLS, Joins Revolution

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The Jermaine Jones - MLS saga is finally over. The 2014 USMNT World Cup star has signed with Major League Soccer, according to Alexi Lalas, who reported the news at halftime of today's Cascadia derby between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. After a blind draw, due to equaled interest between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution, Jones ended up moving to Foxboro.

Late Amarikwa equalizer earns Fire a draw with TFC

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With points at a premium in the hyper-competitive Eastern Conference, Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire had to settle for just one point apiece.

The twoplayoffcontenders played to a 2-2 draw Saturday at BMO Field due to a 90th minute equalizer from Fire forward Quincy Amarkiwa.

Candidates Who Could Replace Tim Howard During His Leave Of Absence

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While Tim Howard continues to play for Everton and spend more time with his family, there will be sizeable void in the United States Men National Team's defense in a very literal sense. Between the two back-up goalkeepers who traveled with the team to Brazil, and a few scattered amongst MLS and the English Premier League, the fight for a starting birth should become very interesting during the next year.

MLS Week 24: A Look Ahead

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For the third and final time of 2014 MLS regular season, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are set to do battlein a Cascadia Cup showdown.

One of the league's fiercest rivalries continues Sunday, when theSounders and Timbers collide at Providence Park.

Jones move to MLS hits snag

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Jermaine Jones wants to come to Major League Soccer, and even has a contract in place he is ready to agree to, but a snag in negotiations is threatening to kill a deal that has been in the works for the past month.

I am reporting on that talks to bring Jones to MLS have hit a snag due to MLS' unwillingness to guarantee Jones which team he will be joining when he signs his contract.

Di Vaio scores late to lead Impact over Fire

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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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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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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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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 (

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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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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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

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

Fire admit to interest in Jermaine Jones

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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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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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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.

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Breakdown: Fire at Toronto

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Michael Bradley owned the ball (

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat..

Timing is everything.

The last time the Fire and Toronto FC met, the Fire faithful left Toyota Park cold, wet and feeling like this.

Breakdown: Fire at Impact, Game 2

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I got your "Opa" right here ( & 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 (

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!" (

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 (

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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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.

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THE MATCHUP: "Do you wanna go Fire?!"

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- 98%: Chance that Tim Leiweke's resignation will be involve the word "Argonauts"
- 2%: Chance that Tim Leiweke's successor at MLSE will have any f*cks to give about TFC.

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.

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Soccer News: Earnshaw joins the Chicago Fire

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Robert Earnshaw joins the Chicago Fire as they try to salvage the 2014 season in Thursday's soccer news roundup. Read More

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

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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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.

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SBI College Preview: Notre Dame prepare for run at an NCAA title repeat

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For the first time in program history, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish enter the season brandishing the title ofreigning national champions.

Led by current Chicago Fire star Harry Shipp, the 2013 team finished 17-1-6 en route to capturing the program's first national title with a 2-1 win over Maryland in the final game.

One Fell Swoop: Jones Joins Revs

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Former Schalke 04 star and currentU.S. Men's National Team regular Jermaine Jones will join theNew England Revolution as a Designated Player after the club won a blind draw over the Chicago Fire conducted by the league.

The32-year-old midfielder joined the Revolution after the club submitted its bid to the leaguefor Jones' services.

THE SOUTH COUCH REPORT : Toronto v Chicago... Or head colds in August sucks

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I don't know what I did to deserve this? I'm a good person. I am a part of an internationally acclaimed podcast. I make custom soccer jerseys for laughs. I shouldn't have got sick on my birthday week. Now I'm on the couch while my brother in law babysits my seats. So stupid.

Looks like everyone is healthy.

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

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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 (

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.

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 .

Higuain equalizer leaves Crew, Fire tied at Toyota Park

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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.