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Fire add another piece in left back Jones, Yallop on new signings & more

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It's been a busy week for the Fire. First word of CJ Brown's departure came Monday, followed by a DP signing in Kennedy Igboananike yesterday, and now Frank Yallop has apparently filled one of the missing pieces in the back line with the addition of left back Joevin Jones. The Trinidad & Tobago international has been capped 37 times by his national team and most recently completed a loan spell with Finish first division club HJK Helsinki.

CJ Brown leaves the Fire for expansion NYCFC

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This has been a rough season for the Chicago Fire and the year appears to be closing with more bad news. The Daily Herald reported this morning that lead assistant CJ Brown is leaving the club to accept a coaching position with expansion team New York City FC. Brown, a 2012 Ring of Fire inductee is immensely popular among the Fire's fan base and this news is certain not to go over well.

Philadelphia Union

Union drop last game of 2014, USWNT cruises to championship, MLS playoff dates, more

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The UNion season ended as it began, with the team giving up a late goal. US wins CONCACAF Women's Championship with ease. MLS Playoff schedule. 76ers owner close to buying Crystal Palace. More.

Postgame video and quote sheet: Union 1-1 Fire

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Video and transript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference and video of locker room interviews with Rais Mbolhi, Antoine Hoppenot, Danny Cruz and Amobi Okugo. Also postgame quote sheet.

“Feed the bear”: recaps and reaction to Union win over SJ, league results, more

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Quotes and recaps from win over San Jose. Harrisburg stays in the playoff hunt with 2 goal effort from former Union trialist Clesio Bauque in Rochester draw. League results. More news.

San Jose on Sunday, more Union news, Harrisburg continues playoff hunt, new ASL begins play, more news

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Curtin says San Jose is very dangerous but, playing at PPL Park, "it's about us." More Union news. City Islanders continue playoff hunt. New ASL begins play this weekend. More news.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

Recaps & reaction to Fire draw, Valdes’ to arrive in US “in a few days,” Reading make playoffs, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union draw in Chicago. Valdes' agent says center back will fly to US "in a few days" to "arrange his future." Reading in PDL playoffs for 7th consecutive year. More news.

Eastern Conference

Sporting KC 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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This match seemed destined for yet another draw before Sporting Kansas City struck twice in the last ten minutes to hand the Fire their ninth defeat of the season. During this odd record-breaking trek, the Fire's 18 deadlocks easily surpasses the total of the next closest club in terms of ties (Vancouver has 13) but the nine losses are tied with DC United and New York for the fewest defeats in the Eastern Conference.

Fire 0 Impact 0 - recap and ratings

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With the ninth and tenth place teams in the Eastern Conference facing each other nobody expected this match to be much to look at. The Fire and Impact lived up to their billing as bottom dwellers in the conference with a 0-0 draw that essentially encapsulated Chicago's entire season in one 90 minute snoozer.

Sean Johnson

Dynamo 2 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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A switch to a more attack minded 4-3-3 formation didn't change the results and didn't provide any more offensively than the Fire have been able to generate over the last few weeks. A few isolated chances in an otherwise drab performance in Houston resulted in Chicago's eighth loss of the season. The record breaking 17th draw will have to wait but the Fire have five more chances to claim it.

Spurs 2 Fire 0 - international friendly

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The Fire dropped a 2-0 decision to the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly at Toyota Park. The game itself didn't provide much of interest for Fire supporters other than a first glimpse at new acquisition Razdan Cocis and a possible preview of a line up change. Jeff Larentowicz started the game at centerback in a move that Frank Yallop referred to as his "prerogative" to get a look.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes

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Frank Yallop returns to San Jose tonight. (chicagotribune.com)

OTF's Jon Denham wonders if Frank Yallop thought he'd be sitting on three wins when he returned to San Jose...

I'm fairly certain Frank Yallop circled July 23rd on his imaginary calendar when he saw this year's schedule.

Fire advance to USOC semifinals with 3-1 win over Atlanta

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Nothing comes easy for the Fire and a trip to Atlanta to face a suspension depleted NASL club with a 3-5-1 record was no exception. A gritty 3-1 victory over the Silverbacks was the Fire's first win on artificial turf since June 28, 2011. Frank Yallop fielded close to a first choice side but Atlanta still enjoyed an advantage from the run of play for long stretches in the contest.

Chicago Fire

Magee out for season after hip surgery

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

TheChicago Fire were already looking like a long shot to make the playoffs, but now theywill have to finish the season without one of their top players.

Forward Mike Magee underwent a right hip procedure on Monday that will sideline him for six to eight months, the Chicago Fire announced Tuesday.

Fire sign French forward Sinama Pongolle

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Chicago Fire may have been unlucky in their pursuit to addJermaine Jones this summer, but that stilldid not preventthe club from bolstering its squad ahead of the roster freeze deadline.

The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have signed French forward Florent Sinama Pongolle.

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.

Fire add former TFC forward Earnshaw

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By RYAN TOLMICH

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.

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 .

Dispatch from the Abyss: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Columbus Crew (1)

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Mad Mike: The Penalty Scorerer (Chicago-Fire.com)

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.

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.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) at San Jose Earthquakes (5)

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Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks "Then why are your having fun for?" after a 5-1 loss to San Jose...

A postmatch should have analysis and critique, calling out the poor and highlighting the well played.

Postgame quotes: Fire 1-1 Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Sebastien Le Toux, and Zac MacMath. Also, Chicago's frustration with the penalty kick call.

Fire add to midfield depth with Cocis signing

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By DAN KARELL

The Chicago Fire added a new piece to their midfield that they hold can bring some more stability to the club.

The Fire announced on Monday that they had signed Romanian international Razvan Cocis fromUkrainian club FC Hozerla Uzhhorod. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the transfer and contract were not disclosed.

OTF Rountable: Chicago Fire Week 18

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Sean J under siege in KC (chicago-fire.com)

Play for the draw? It's a mixed bag from the Roundtable this week...

To begin on a positive note, well done to the Men in Red for their 3-1 victory in Atlanta over the Silverbacks on Wednesday night in U.S. Open Cup play.

Transfer windows opens as Fire search for reinforcements

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This is a busy week for Frank Yallop and the Chicago Fire technical staff. Following Sunday's 1-1 draw in Kansas City, the team returned to training today and depart for Atlanta this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's US Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NASL's Silverbacks. They'll go from Atlanta to Boston, where they'll train on Friday in preparation for a Saturday match with the New England Revolution.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Toronto FC

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The Fire stumbles its way to another draw (ap.com)

T.J. Zaremba dissects another "Meh" performance by the Men In Red.

Chicago Fire's return to MLS action against Toronto FC was forgettable to say the least.

It looked like a battle of two teams playing early in the season, instead of a mid-season contest wherein one team had played Open Cup games the past two weeks.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at Sporting Kansas City

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Come on der guys.
(NBC Sports)

OTF's Brendan Carrrevisitsthe roster, the standings, and the injury list, while Mike Kuhn tells tales of rough days past in Kansas City...

This has been another interesting week to say the least, Fire fans. We're all frustrated but we must push on.

Jeff Larentowicz

As Fire prep for USOC semi-final it may be time forget about Jermaine Jones

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The Fire will have an opportunity to reach the seventh US Open Final in club history but they'll have to beat a team they have yet to defeat in any competition. Since coming into the league in 2009 the Fire are 0-7-3 against Seattle including a loss in 2011's US Open Cup Final. If the Fire are to reach a seventh USOC Final they'll have to do it without Mike Magee who is unavailable due to a red card ejection in the quarter final game against Atlanta.

Fire add Romanian international Razvan Cocis

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Frank Yallop has added some support to his midfield with the signing of 31 year old Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis. While this acquisition won't excite the masses or give the Fire a marketable name, Cocis is a veteran who last played in the Ukranian Premier League with Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow featuring as the biggest club on his résumé.

The Rest

David Accam signs with the Fire

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Frank Yallop got his man this time. The Fire are very high on 24 year old Ghanaian forward David Accam who signed with the club as a Designated Player. Accam had other options with Premier League clubs reportedly pursuing his signature but chose to come to Chicago and MLS based on meetings with Yallop this winter.

Yallop on DP's, Cubo, end of season and more; Palmer re-signs

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Frank Yallop met media yesterday to discuss the final days of post-season training and the team's plans going into 2015. Players will conclude training this week and sit with the technical staff today and tomorrow at which time decisions for options and renewals will be discussed. After a disappointing season, Yallop said that moves can be expected but stopped just short of saying that wholesale roster changes would be made.

Moratorium: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Toronto FC (~1)

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TFC learns the "Hack-a-Quincy" strategy works with Canadian Refstoo.(Photo via MLSsoccer.com)

So this is how CF97's season looks to end, not with a bang but a whisper. OTF's Brian Howe Battle chooses to wallow on a larger scalethan just the most recent Fire draw.

Fall nears, and with it comes the familiar signs of autumn — brisk winds, colder shadows, the re-introduction of the dominant American sport of Football, and the beginning of the English Premiere League.

Fire 1 Toronto FC 1 - recap and ratings

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With the Fire on their way to breaking their own record for draws in a season, the sober reality that playoff hopes are all but extinguished seems to be taking hold. "Usually, you find a ways to lose matches as a group, as a lot of coaches say, but we find ways to tie matches, when we should be winning them," said Frank Yallop after the match.

Fire move on after losing Jones, Nyarko back in full training, Fernandez added as Homegrown, and more

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Frank Yallop didn't hide his disappointment with losing Jermaine Jones to the New England Revolution but remained politically correct and avoided any direct criticism of the the league and the dubious circumstances that led to the now infamous "blind draw". "Obviously, from a club point of view (we're) very disappointed that we didn't get him.

Transfer windows yields nothing but Fire still hopeful on Jones

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The Fire needed to add reinforcements before the transfer deadline yesterday but weren't able to get a deal done. Frank Yallop told reporters this morning that a deal fell through at the last minute when the club they had been working with backed out. "We had something really close, that basically in the last couple of days sort of unraveled.

D.C. United Scouting Report: San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose is at the foot of the Western Conference, but the Bay Area has never been a happy hunting ground for D.C. United. That said, fans are well within reason to demand a third straight road win out of the Black-and-Red given their place in the standings as compared to their hosts.

Sometimes you have to really land hard to figure things out.