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Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

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What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake

A point is a point is a point is a point. The Chicago Fire rebounded from a lackadaisical first half against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend to dominate the second half and leave Ohio with a draw. David Accam opened his account for the season in the 73rd minute while Nemanja Nikolic showed his quality, but just missed out on etching his name onto the score sheet.

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.

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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 left frustrated, looking forward after Open Cup exit

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In a season spentrebuilding and stuck in last place, the U.S. Open Cup seemed to provide the Chicago Fire with a glimmer of hope. Five wins to a trophy seemed like the most realisticchance for silverwareand a chance for the first-year management team to buy goodwill among frustrated fans.

Those hopes ended Tuesday with a semifinal loss to theNew England Revolution.

Fire top Strikers to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Staring down a charging David Accam is not a pleasant position to be in, as two members of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers found out Wednesday night.

Accam's driving runs createdtwo first-half goals – scoring one and assisting on the other – as theChicago Fire beat Fort Lauderdale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.

Game Changers: Almost burned

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Let's take a look back at how the Philadelphia Union were able to beat the Chicago Fire.

1.) Roland Alberg on for Warren Creavalle - The double-pivot of Brian Carroll and Warren Creavalle did not work out well at all against New York City FC, so Jim Curtin subbed off Creavalle for Roland Alberg.

Triple Alberger: Alberg leads Union past Fire

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The Dutch midfielder's hot streak continued on Wednesday night.

The high-scoring exploits of Roland Alberg were enough to offset a trio of goals from the Chicago Fire as the Philadelphia Union claimed victory on Wednesday night. The Dutch midfielder scored three times to bring his tally up to six in the past seven days.

Match Day 12: Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire

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Dynamo look to get a win against the Chicago Fire as they they to climb out of the bottom of the Western Conference.

Houston will be playing league lagging Chicago on their home turf in what is the start of a rough couple months of road matches. Chicago is struggling in multiple facets but is hosting a Dynamo team which has rarely found success on the road the last few years.

Houston Dynamo at Chicago Fire Preview: Dynamo Seeking First Road Win of 2016

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Dynamo begin grueling road stretch with game against the Chicago Fire.

Houston will be playing league lagging Chicago on their home turf in what is the start of a rough couple months of road matches. Chicago is struggling in multiple facets but is hosting a Dynamo team which has rarely found success on the road the last few years.

Fire Notes: Accam eyes return; Paunovic backs Campbell for USMNT

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Chicago Fire forward David Accam was dressed and on the bench on Saturday for the first time since suffering the knee injury whichhas kept him out of the last fivematches. It sounded afterward, however, like there was very little chance he would have been used.

Fire Notes: Focus on fitness, counter-attacking and Accam's recovery

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With no game this weekend, Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic spent the week working his team hard in training.

"We had a couple two sessions a day, it's been good, it's been good, it's been challenging but I think that's what we need since we don't have a game on the weekend," Fire midfielder Matt Polster told SBI after Thursday's session.

Fire notes: Looking for payback, preparing for Yankee Stadium and more

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Head coach Veljko Paunovic wanted to be very clear with how he felt about the Chicago Fire's upcoming away match with New York City FC, their first Eastern Conference rematch of the season.

"What I'm going to say now, it's very, I want you to understand well from the standpoint of somebody that is very competitive," Paunovic said Monday on his weekly conference call.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Wallace, Flamini and more

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Following the club's first win, the Chicago Fire are nearing the return of one of their best attacking options.

Fire forward David Accam is in the "final phase of recovery" according to head coach Veljko Paunovic. The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker has been recovering from a knee sprain.

Fire Notebook: Vincent, Polster react to U.S. U-23 call, Accam rests and more

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Before Saturday's match, two of the Chicago Fire's young starters wereannounced as part of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team's 23-man roster for itsupcoming Olympic qualifying playoff.

Second-year midfielder Matt Polster androokie defender Brandon Vincent will leave on Sunday to join the U.

Veljko Paunovic

Fire and Crew Share the Points in Opening Game Tug-of-War

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Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.

Union 4 Fire 3 - recap and ratings

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David Accam's goal in the second minute made it seem like the Fire were going to exhibit a renewed winning 'mentality' on the road after Veljko Paunovic's impassioned words earlier in the week. That hope lasted all of about 9 minutes when the Union tied the game and went on to score four unanswered goals en route to handing the Fire a 32nd consecutive road match without a victory.

Fire notebook - bye weeks, Accam update, DC, and more

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The oddities of the MLS schedule has the Fire coming off of a bye week to face DC United, only to have another off weekend followed by a string of four games in ten days in May. The lack of games may help ease the loss of David Accam, who appears set to miss another match this coming weekend but doesn't seem to make much sense considering the amount of home games in bad weather early in the season.

Fire notebook - Accam recovery stalled, transfer reinforcements, line-up choices, and more

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The Fire face a bye week before DC United visits Toyota Park on April 30. Until then they will use the additional time to conduct several two-a-day training sessions this week before returning to a routine schedule. One of the biggest concerns over the last few weeks has been the lack of effectiveness in the final third and the hope has been that the return of David Accam would provide that missing spark.

Fire notebook - injuries, transfers, and more

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In a coaching match-up of former players from each club flipped onto the opposing sideline, former Fire defender Jim Curtin will face off against former Union attacker Veljko Paunovic on Saturday. Chicago looks to be at less than full strength again and the home schedule that looked so favorable going into the season will be wasted if the Fire can't manage one win out of their first three games at Toyota Park.

Fire notebook - prep for Union, Gehrig's return, Accam's status, and more

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Former Fire defender Jim Curtin and the Philadelphia Union visit Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon in a confrontation between two rebuilding sides. The Union are off to a good start with two wins in their first three matches, including a victory over the Fire's last opponent, the Columbus Crew. Veljko Paunovic talked about the upcoming match and whether or not his most effective offensive weapon will be available this coming weekend during his weekly media conference call.

Fire notebook - Injury update, Johnson's status, Campbell for USMNT, and more

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David Accam won't be participating in upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to a knee sprain but Veljko Paunovic and the Fire are hopeful that he will be ready for the team's next match against the Union on April 2. Paunovic provided and update on his status during his weekly media conference call.

Major League Soccer

MLS Preseason Weekend Rewind: Fire, TFC among big winners

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There were only two matches on Sunday, but the Chicago Fire caught theattention of many in MLS after defeating Miami FC, 5-2.

It wasn't just the victory that grabbed the headlines, though. This fantastic team goal sent fans into a frenzy after the Fire sliced through Miami with fluidity.

MLS Ticker: Drogba, Vela, Dykstra and more

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While a new report links Carlos Vela with a move to the MLS, the Montreal Impact will see the temporary return of their star striker to training ahead of their Week 3 battle with FC Dallas.

Drogba is set to train with the Impact in Dallas starting on Thursday.

Andre Blake

Protected lists out today, Seattle MLS champs, state of the league, more

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A week of transfer mechanisms begins today. Seattle win MLS Cup on PKs. Flurry of player moves. State of the league address highlights. More.

Highlights from Curtin’s presser and other Union news, more

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Curtin confirms McCarthy will start against Chicago, Brian Carroll and Ilsinho "on trend now to be available" for the game. Other Union news and more.

Sean Johnson

Fire 3 Union 0 - recap and ratings

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Following last weekend's debacle in DC the Fire showed some pride and put together another very good team performance reminiscent of the win in Montreal that they were looking to build on. Chicago was the better side for most of the night and have moved out of the MLS cellar surpassing Columbus and Houston for that dubious distinction.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Matchday 15/16

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There were lots of all three from the Philadelphia Union's matches against New York City FC and the Chicago Fire.

Its been too long, lets just talk about the week that was for the Philadelphia Union.

The Good: Views of number 6

Roland Alberg is my moon and my stars and I will love him until the world explodes.

Portland Timbers Escape Chicago Fire with 1-1 Draw

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The Portland Timbers ground out a frustrating 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire, bringing home a single unsatisfying point from their Eastern Conference excursion.

The Timbers jumped on top of the Fire in the 18th minute as Diego Valeri bodied off a defender to win an errant clearance and get in on goal.

Fire 1 Dynamo 0 - recap and ratings

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It may have come against the team with the second lowest point total in MLS but the Fire had what was probably their best overall performance of the season in this much needed 1-0 victory. The 4-3-3 alignment that looked lethargic against New England worked well enough in this match. Chicago outshot Houston 20 to 10 (7 to 1 on target) despite the visitors holding a bulk of the possession.

Red Bulls 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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David Accam returned to starting line-up, Sean Johnson was back in goal, and the Fire even registered two shots on goal but that wasn't enough to overcome one mistake in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. A 30th consecutive road match without a win continues to tack on to an already dubious MLS record and the Fire are off to their worst start after ten games in team history.

Union ready for Fire, Bethlehem hosts Cincinnati, US Soccer responds to wage discrimination action, more

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Union on the road to Chicago. Bethlehem's inaugural home opener on Sunday. US Soccer responds to wage discrimination allegations. More news.

Kennedy Igboananike

Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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The Fire survived some tense moments and plenty of wasted chances to outlast Indy Eleven in penalty kicks in a US Open Cup fourth round matchup. David Accam scored an equalizer in the 111th minute and provided the decisive penalty kick after the two sides remained deadlocked following 120 minutes of less than scintillating soccer.

Gilberto's lack of production examined

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It's no secret that the Fire have been looking to add some punch to the attack. The roster is thin at the forward position. Kennedy Igboananike has had his moments this season but without David Accam for most of the early going Chicago has looked to their third Designated Player to deliver.

Michael Harrington

Fire Overcome Obstacles in Orlando

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The Chicago Fire brought home their first point of the 2016 season on Friday when they held on to a 1:1 scoreline versus Orlando City in the Citrus Bowl. David Accam continued to be the main man of the Fire's attack, netting a well taken goal on the break. The Fire survived Michael Harrington's 32nd-minute ejection in an impressive display of defensive discipline in the second half.

Fire Overcome Obstacles in Orlando

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The Chicago Fire brought home their first point of the 2016 season on Friday when they held on to a 1:1 scoreline versus Orlando City in the Citrus Bowl. David Accam continued to be the main man of the Fire's attack, netting a well taken goal on the break. The Fire survived Michael Harrington's 32nd-minute ejection in an impressive display of defensive discipline in the second half.

The Rest

Revolution 1, Fire 2: Playoff hopes dim as the Revs lose to the Fire

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The Revs lose to the Chicago Fire, who are last in the East.

The New England Revolution's quest to earn a playoff spot became much more difficult on Sunday, as the team lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire.

Chicago grabbed the game's opening goal after just nine minutes. Brandon Vincent was the catalyst, as he combined with David Accam before hitting a cross from the left flank.

Revolution 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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The 4-3 loss to the start the season at home was a let down but after an encouraging second half against Vancouver on Wednesday night, this 2-0 defeat may have been the most disappointing effort and result of the season so far. There was an improvement in terms of possession numbers (51-49 to NE) but that meant little because the Fire still couldn't muster one single, solitary shot on goal.

Fire 1 Union 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire have their first win of the season following a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Heavy winds, cold, and even snow played a part in forcing both teams into some disjointed play but the Fire took advantage of a Warren Creavalle red card in the 47th minute to control the rest of the game and earn the result.

Fire 0 Crew SC 0 - recap and ratings

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The Fire accomplished what they wanted to do defensively against the Columbus Crew. The 3-5-2 formation, which essentially places five defenders on the field was able to deny the Crew's wide players the time and space needed to serve balls into Kei Kamara and limit Federico Higuain's influence in the middle of the pitch.