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Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline.

Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you'd kill for his posture.

On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching his Norwegian outfit Stabaek in a friendly against the Chicago Fire.

Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline.

Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you'd kill for his posture.

On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching his Norwegian outfit Stabaek in a friendly against the Chicago Fire.

Maloney set to join the Fire

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The speculation is over. Frank Yallop got his man. Shaun Maloney was one of the first players targeted as a possible addition during Yallop's post season scouting mission and after a long courtship the deal is done. A source has confirmed to Fire Confidential, a BBC reportthis morning that Chicago and Wigan have agreed to a transfer fee for the player.

Happy New Year from Fire Confidential

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With 2014 mercifully over Fire fans can start looking forward to a new season which officially begins in a few weeks when players report for physicals on January 25. The squad will look much different in 2015 with new Designated Players David Accam and Kennedy Igboananike in the fold but Frank Yallop and company still have work to do to fill out the roster between now and the end of January.

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 .

English Premier League

Fire close first phase of camp with 1-0 win over QPR

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Quincy's Amarikwa's 15th minute goal held up to give the Fire a 1-0 win over Premier League side Queens Park Rangers this morning. The goal was set up via a combination play with Shaun Maloney and Harry Shipp. Those three players led the attack in Frank Yallop's 4-3-3 with the middle three also looking a little bit different than they did last week against Norwich City.

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.

Leicester City

Yallop on Maloney, Chicharito, formations, and more

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Reports across the pond indicate that Leicester City has secured a deal with Wigan for the services of midfielder Shaun Maloney but Frank Yallop isn't closing the door on the Fire's chances to acquire him just yet. Yallop told reporters during a conference call Wednesday afternoon that the Fire still believe they are in play for Maloney.

SuperDraft approaches as Fire near deal for Maloney

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Leicester City's reported offer of just over $1.1 million USD to Wigan for Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney was turned down last week and interest from Everton and Cetlic haven't kept the Fire from remaining optimistic that they can secure his signature this January. Despite reports that Maloney prefers to stay in England it appears that he is very receptive to playing in the United States and the Fire currently have the best offer on the table.

CJ Brown

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.

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.

The Rest

Fire end preseason with draw

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The Fire and Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 1-1 draw thanks to a late tying goal from trialist Shahdon Winchester leaving the team with a 1-0-4 preseason record. Draws in practice matches aren't a big concern and Frank Yallop is fairly happy with the team's progress going into the start of the season.

Fire 1 Timbers 1 - news and notes, Accam questionable for opener

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The third draw in four preseason matches may raise some eyebrows after last season's record breaking number of ties but Frank Yallop was happier with the performance in this match than he was after Sunday's draw against Stabaek."I thought the performance was very good in all departments," said Yallop after the match.

Fire draw Stabaek but Accam injured in debut

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The Fire played to a 0-0 draw with Bob Bradley's Stabaek IF but the bigger story on the night is injuries. David Accam finally made his debut with the team after missing the first phase of camp on national team duty but left the match in the 62nd minute with an apparent injury just before he was about to be subbed off.

San Jose Earthquakes Blog

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As a San Jose native, the earthquakes team and I have a personal relationship. Frank Yallop, San Jose's former coach and 2012 MLS coach of the year, lived accross the street from me and we would converse often. One day, I went outside, saw a property for sale sign, and discovered the earthquakes were making management changes.

With preseason about to kick off, how will the Fire line up?

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The Fire arrived in the United Kingdom this morning after a seven hour delay due to weather. The team spent the first week of preseason training locally at the Bridgeview Sports Dome and the Private Bank Fire Pitch. They'll practice at Norwich City's Colney Training Centre from February 2-10 with a match against their hosts sandwiched in on the 5th.

Fire news and notes - Maloney update

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During the Section 8 Chicago/ISA's Annual General meeting this past weekend Fire brass updated supporters on a variety of topics during a Q&A session. Here's a quick rundown of the highlights for those that were not in attendance:
  • Frank Yallop, Brian Bliss, Atul Khosla, and Logan Pause all participated in the Q&A session.

Fire select Matt Polster, Kingsley Bryce in SuperDraft

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The Fire selected 7th and 28th in today's annual MLS "SuperDraft" and came away with two additions that have been been playing relatively close to what could be their professional home. Matt Polster is a 6'-0" defender from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville who made three appearances with the Fire PDL squad last year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.