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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.

Real Salt Lake 3 Fire 2 - recap and ratings

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Unlike much of the last six matches, it's hard to make a case for the Fire being deserving of a better outcome than a draw. Real Salt Lake appeared to control this match from start to finish despite trailing 2-0 at half time. Chicago capitalized on two beautiful sequences but did little to protect the lead as the visitors enjoyed look after uncontested look before finally breaking through.

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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.

MLS Throw-In: Who’s on the Hot Seat?

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*Editor's note: Jay (@rescindedred) provided us with some fantastic musings about the Spanish National Team here, but in turn, this week his usual MLS analysis was truncated down to only the throw-in's, enjoy.

While we don't have relegation in MLS, we do have the excitement of which coach will get fired first.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Sporting KC

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Back in PanenKa form (photo: chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba wades through the muck of Chicago Fire's ugly win over Screamin' Pete's Sporting Club...

The Men In Red are one late game meltdown versus Real Salt Lake from having taken nine points from last season's top three MLS teams in their last three games.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Ten

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We've got the power! (photo: empireofsoccer.com)

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

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 15.1/19 ( +2.5 from last week) Fansided (11)

"Harrison Shipp is a rookie that has a bright future ahead of him.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls #2

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Perhaps a new combination of defenders behind Red will have to slow down the RBNY attack (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF'sJon Denham stops shaking his head long enough to get you ready for Saturday, and Seeing Red's Mark Fishkin is back to tell a turnaround story...

Last weekend, the Fire conceded twice after the 89 minute mark against Real Salt Lake to snatch a loss from the hands of victory after the first shutout of the season came off the board with 20 minutes to play.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Nine

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Baby, baby breakdown (image: mlssoccer.com)

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

HIT THE MUSIC. Aggregate = 17.6/19 ( -2.5 from last week) NBC Pro Sports Soccer Talk (16)

"The general excuse we've been making for the Fire all season: They look decent, but they make one big mistake each game.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Nine

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The gaffer unfiltered (image: youtube.com)

Back from break, the Roundtable looks at some Frank Yallop tape...

This week's Roundtable homework? Watch what follows and read the boys' two cents...

Brendan Carr

"It was piss poor defending." That was the nicest thing Frank could have said.

Breakdown: Fire vs. RSL

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Dread submission (desert news.com)

T.J. Zaremba has fun with heat maps, despite last Saturday's result...

In making my prediction for the Fire's matchup versus Real Salt Lake, I optimistically predicted a draw. The Men in Red had been able to draw against just about everyone during the campaign so far, thus I held an inkling of hope.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Real Salt Lake (3)

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Jeff Larentowicz reacts after Real Salt Lake game-tying goal. (image:YouTube.com)

OTF's Brian Howe Battle looks at Saturday'sFiremeltdown at home...

If drawing when you could have lost feels like victory (as the Fire did in Utah last year), and drawing when you could have won feels like defeat (as we've seen many times so far this year), what do youmake of losing a match you were winning in 88th minute?

The Best Of Both World - 2014 Beer-view: Chicago Fire

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Eight

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Who can we tie now? (image: fansided.com)

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

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 15.1/19 ( -0.3 from last week) Fansided (13)

"Frank Yallop's Chicago Fire were off this past week and will be back in action on May 3 against Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Revs

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Despite another goal, it was a rough and tumble day for Weapon Q... (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF editor Scott Fenwick empathizes with the gaffer. A tough one indeed...

If you follow soccer, you often hear talk of this team or that team "deserving" a win, despite a result to the contrary.

Frank Lampard

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.

Greg Cochrane

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

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The last time these two clubs met on March 23rd both were in the throws of early season struggles with nary a win between them. Things have changed since then for one of the teams. New York has gone on to a 3-1-3 record since the 1-1 draw at Toyota Park. The Fire on the other hand are still winless after sporting a 0-1-4 mark since that match.

St. Louis joins USL-Pro and Fire notes

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As expected USL-Pro has added a club in St. Louis. The team will be operated by youth club Scott Gallagher and run on a daily basis by CEO Jim Kavanaugh who is also the CEO of World Wide Technology, a company listed by FORTUNE as one of the top 100 companies to work. They will have a 5,000 seat stadium to play in and eventually an MLS partner in Chicago.

Tuesday's notes and more

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Squad close to fully fit Alex, Dilly Duka, and Gonzalo Segares have all returned to full training and should give Frank Yallop a pretty full compliment of players to choose from this Saturday. Segares played 45 minutes in last Friday's reserve match but hasn't seen real game action since week 2 against Portland.

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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.

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.

Fire 2 Sporting KC 1 - recap and ratings

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It certainly wasn't pretty but the Fire managed to hold on for three points at home against a far less than full strength Sporting Kansas City side. What looked like a dire stretch of difficult matches two weeks ago with New York and Sporting Kansas City beginning a string of six challenging contests before the World Cup break has yielded two consecutive wins.

Fire news, notes, and injury update

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The Fire convened for their first training session since Saturday's 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution. Their sixth consecutive draw equals the MLS record set by Colorado for most consecutive ties in the regular season. Despite the draws, Frank Yallop said morale among the players is good and he is happy with their play over the last few weeks.