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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.

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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.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 17

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La Pantera le gusta la Copa Abierta de EE. UU. (mlssoccer.com)

The OTF Roundtable is back to ponder the future...

Well, the Fire returns to MLS action this week. Not sure how you feel about this. For me, your gluttonous (for punishment) editor, it's kinda like, "Yawn."

Anyway, we'll do our job like good soldiers, I guess.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Toronto FC

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New year, new you. That goes for both Mike Magee and Toronto FC (mlssoccer.com)

OTF's Jon Denhamrevisits the roster, the standings, and the injury list while Tony Walsh of the Yorkies celebrates North America Day!

Where should we start, faithful Fire fans? Priming your Fire pump may seem difficult right now, but I'll get you there.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Seattle Sounders

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A lot has happened since these two teams met in Seattle last September. (Photo: soundersfc.com)

OTF's Jon Denham is curious who makesSaturday night's starting XI, and Stephen Agen warns of an in-form Seattle Squad...

The commonly held notion following Wednesday's scoreless midweek trip to Colorado is, well, there was nothing to write home about.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 12

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

PLAY THE MUSIC. Aggregate = 15/19 ( -2.5 from last week) ESPN FC (12)

"The Fire seemed to have no answer for Columbus' pace on the flanks in losing to the Crew 2-0.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 12

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Have you grown weary of scenes like this? (photo: dispatch.com)

It's still early, but the Roundtable ponders a question many answered before First Kick...

Eleven games in, at 2-3-6 and looking at the roster, is 2014 already a rebuilding year for Chicago Fire?

Brendan Carr

There are not many positives to take away from this season, so far.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (0) at Columbus Crew (2)

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Fire fans on tour: A disappointed lot.

OTF contributor Daniel Casey mulls over Chicago Fire's third loss of the season...

This week I'm keeping it short.

Rage was the order of the day when Chicago Fire traveled to face Columbus Crew. I was already in a bad mood due to our nation's most recent gun massacre on the University of California-Santa Barbara campus.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 11

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

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 12.5/19 ( +2.6 from last week) Fansided (5)

"Last week, it was Harrison Shipp that turned the tide for Frank Yallop's Chicago Fire.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 11

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Weapon Q creates PKs too (photo: golazo.com)

The Roundtable ponders whether Chicago Fire is better than their record shows...

After the Red Bull win a couple of weeks ago, New Jersey fans took to Twitter to lament their team's astounding loss to the Fire (The Fire?!) at Red Bull Arena.

Rais M'Bolhi

“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.

Mike Magee

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.

USOC match day - Fire v Riverhounds

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Expect the Fire to field a strong side against USL-Pro's Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The visitors feature former Fire bust Collins John and ex-MLS players Joseph Ngwenya and Danny Earls but they currently sit at the bottom of the USL table with a 1-7-5 record. Frank Yallop will have a full squad at his disposal with the exception of Patrick Nyarko and Gonzalo Segares, who both underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in their ankles over the last few weeks.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.