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Dan the Man

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I mentioned on Twitter today that I could have made my entire "Galaxy teammates adjusting to Gio" piece all on Dan Gargan's quotes.

To prove it, I'll just leave the ones I didn't use right here.
We understand the elements (heat in Dallas). It's not going to be a surprise. We got a good result on the road in Colorado.

Philadelphians Abroad: Locals trade goals in Col.

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A pair of Philadelphian traded goals at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, while another linked up to give Harrisburg a win in the USL.

This weekend's matchup between the Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact provided excitement for anyone following the Pennsylvania players. Â Rookie Andrew Wenger slotted in at forward for his first start in his MLS career.

Philadelphians Abroad

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Bobby Convey scored his first goal in a Kansas City uniform Saturday, but his team still fell short in the end.

Convey made a nice run into the box in the first half against Chicago, picked up a pass from Roger Espinosa, and right-footed a slow ball into the net for his 31st goal in MLS.

Philadelphians Abroad: Parke shuts out

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Jeff Parke wasn't too thrilled about getting unexpectedly benched in April. So when the Seattle Sounders center back earned his way back into Seattle's starting lineup, he didn't waste the opportunity.

Parke manned the center this week for Seattle as the Western Conference club posted consecutive shutouts this week against Los Angeles and Philadelphia, with the two clubs posting just two combined shots on goal against Seattle.

Jalil Anibaba

Paint By Numbers: Gargan v. Anibaba Debate from an OPTA Perspective

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Dan Gargan's benching in favor of Jalil Anibaba at the right back position has been a point of contention for many Fire fans. Gargan is a fan favorite due to his gritty style of play and his strong work rate. Most Fire fans argue that Anibaba is not a good fit at right back because his natural playing position is center back.

Release the Kraken: It's Time for Gargan To Start Again

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Last Wednesday's game against DC United reinforced a point that many Fire fans have come to the conclusion of: it's time for Dan Gargan to be re-inserted into the starting XI. Although the team as a whole had an off game against DC, Jalil Anibaba was especially deficient at the RB position. He had a large share of the blame on a couple of DC's goals, and ever since moving to RB to make room for Austin Berry in the starting lineup, he has struggled to be honest.

Klopas vs Yallop in San Jose: A Tale of Two Games

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Last year San Jose Earthquakes physically beat up and outworked a Fire team that could ill afford a loss. It was one of those very questionable losses that you could see coming a mile away. For whatever reason Frank Klopas deployed an odd lineup. Some of this was due to suspensions (Sega was suspended for last year's game in San Jose as well) but others were coaching decisions.

Chicago vs Salt Lake Game 8 Recap: Lame Draw

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This game made me angry. I left feeling like the whole evening was an exercise in futility. I know the Fire earned a point against a very good team. They left 2 points out on that field for the taking. No matter what any stupid MLS based writer tells you early wins do matter. All the good teams win early, survive the summer, and then reassert themselves before the playoffs.

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Revolution vs. Fire: Live Game Thread Part II

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Settle in on your couches, crack open a frosty drink, grab the chips, and get ready for what promises to be a really, really long night for the New England Revolution as they take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park this evening. The Revs have never won in Bridgeview during the regular season, and given the way the team has been playing - especially on the road - they don't look to likely to turn that little streak around right now.

Revolution Vs. Fire: Know Thy Enemy Part II

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The New England Revolution are headed into hostile territory on Saturday night as they travel to Bridgeview, Illinois and Toyota Park to take on the Chicago Fire. The Revs are locked into their worst stretch of the 2012 season, going six games without a win, including four consecutive losses. Chicago, meanwhile, just trounced Philadelphia 3-1 at PPL Park last week, and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand on all three clubs ahead of them.

Reserve League #7: Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids

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The Chicago Fire Reserves defeated the Colorado Rapids Reserves by a score of 3-1 on a sunny mid-August afternoon at the Toyota Park practice field today. Much like the first team, the reserves conceded the first goal before retaliating with three unanswered goals from Daniel Paladini, Dominic Oduro, and Victor Pineda.

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire Soccer Club - Match #21 - Game Thread

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Philadelphia Union starting XI: MacMath; Williams, Soumare, Okugo, Gaddis; Carroll (c), M. Farfan, G. Farfan; Daniel, Hoffman, Adu

Philadelphia Union bench: Harrison, Lahoud, Hoppenot, Pajoy, Martinez, Albright, Pfeffer

Chicago Fire Soccer Club starting XI: Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Fernandez, Pause ©, Pardo, Pappa; Rolfe, MacDonald

Chicago Fire Soccer Club bench: Tornaghi, Gargan, Paladini, Videira, Alex, Nyarko, Oduro

Updated Chicago Fire/MLS Player Salary Numbers

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For those that may have missed it, updated MLS player salaries are out as of yesterday. This includes all new players that have recently joined clubs. Take a look at this link for information on not only the Fire, but for other teams in the league as well. It is always interesting to look at updated numbers for players, especially for all the new faces.

Post-Match Chalkboard: They Don't Call It San Hoe For Nothing

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One of the more insignificant downsides of Saturday's draw, I was a mere seconds away from being able to make a Tony Robbins reference in the headline of this post. I actually saw them preparing the coals for this. They were burning them on a bridge downtown. That's what you get for being stupid enough to listen to Tony Robbins, San Jose.

MLS Referee Chris Penso screwed up: let's all admit it so we can improve the league.

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I was ready to let Saturday go. I really was. The breaks are the breaks. Head referee Chris Penso called for 5 minutes of extra time in this past weekend's Chicago Fire vs. San Jose Earthquakes game but Chris Lenhart was able to score a goal in the 98th minute of play anyway. I'm sure somewhere down the line the Chicago Fire will benefit from a time keeping error (perhaps this was even cosmic payback for a mistake in the past).

Late Henry Goal propels Red Bulls past Fire

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A bizarre mid-week day game was probably not something the Chicago Fire were too thrilled with when initially looking at the 2012 MLS Schedule. Still, with twenty minutes to go, it looked as if the Fire would be able to hang on and steal a point on the road against the New York Red Bulls.

Thierry Henry changed that.

Bizarro MLS Cup 2000

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In MLS Cup 2000, KC made one goal on the counter stand up against an onslaught of offense by the Chicago Fire. Last night at Livestrong Sporting Park, KC had the reserve done to them by the Fire. KC had 27 shots, only 5 of which were on target, but it was the Fire that hit back on KC, winning 1-0 on a second half counter goal by Marco Pappa, playing the role of Miklos Molnar.

Transfer Window is Wide Open - Time to Examine the Chicago Fire Roster

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Hang on to your hats and buckle your seat belts because we are headed for some turbulence at Toyota Park. The first warning shot was fired yesterday when the Chicago Fire announced that the club had released forward Kheli Dube. This move preceded the team officially adding Brazilian Alex Monteiro De Lima to the roster when the transfer window opened at midnight on June 27th.

Fire overcome controversy, knock off Red Bulls

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After a long international break and three losses in all competitions, the Chicago Fire returned home to take on a talented New York Red Bulls side.

The Men in Red were up for the challenge.

The Fire overcame a goal-line blunder by the referee on a sure Dominic Oduro goal to knock off the second-place Red Bulls 3-1.

Revolution vs. Chicago Fire: Live Game Thread

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The New England Revolution will take the rainy Gillette Stadium pitch tonight looking for their first win of the 2012 season against an Eastern Conference opponent. The Fire come into this game with a record of 5-4-3 and a road record of 2-3-1. Both clubs are still feeling the burn of being eliminated from the US Open Cup tournament on Tuesday, both by lower division sides, and will surely be hungry for three points to help ease the pain.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire

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Fire forward Dominic Oduro is one player the Revolution defense will have to keep tabs on come Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

(Editor's note: Prior to each Revolution match, New England Soccer Today will invite a reporter who covers the Revolution's upcoming opponent to provide greater insight on what to expect on gameday.

Chicago Fire vs. Michigan Bucks Gamethread (Late)

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Chicago Fire vs. Michigan Bucks in 3rd Round U.S. Open Cup play. It's halftime and the score is tied 1-1. Corben Bone scored a goal in the 28th minute. Kenny Uzoigwe opened the scoring when he put the Bucks up 1-0 in the 9th minute. Chicago has not looked good and they are fortunate to have the game tied 1-1 unfortunately.

Behind the Axe: Complaints about JELD-WEN Field go viral

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Behind the Axe takes a look at some recent buzz surrounding JELD-WEN Field, and whether it is too small after Chicago Fire defender Dan Gargan critized the pitch dimensions after the Fire suffered defeat. Just like their diving tactics couldn't secure a win on May 20, his claims are unjustified.

"They play in a shoe box that one team is used to playing on and one team is not," Gargan told...

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"They play in a shoe box that one team is used to playing on and one team is not," Gargan told after the Chicago Fire's 2-1 loss to the Timbers in Portland on Sunday night. "By no means do I think that's going to determine the outcome, but it's something that the league should at least address.

Philadelphians Abroad

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Chicago Fire defender Dan Gargan has made news on the field as an automatic starter at for his club, but he keeps drawing notice off the field for his artwork too.

Gargan drew notice earlier this season with the terrific video he put together looking at Chicago's preseason preparation for the MLS season.

A Diary: Portland vs. Chicago

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Article by Brad Snook

With the NATO Summit in town, the Chicago Fire must be pleased to escape the chaos of the Second City (where the protests look like this) for the Pacific Northwest (where protests look a little different). One of the more surprising teams of the season, the Fire are currently sitting 4th in the Eastern Conference with as many 5 games in hand on some teams above them (D.

Oduro winner, Espinoza red card help Fire send Sporting KC to third loss

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Chicago has not lost a home match to an Eastern Conference opponent since October 2010. That streak was put to the test Saturday night when conference leaders Sporting Kansas City entered Toyota Park to take on the Fire.

A second half red card to Roger Espinoza and a late goal by Dominic Oduro kept Chicago's unbeaten streak in tact, while also extending Sporting KC's own losing streak in the process.

Fire send Sporting KC Spiraling to Third Straight Loss

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You know, at some point, Sporting Kansas City is probably going to have to actually beat the Chicago Fire for them to make any claims about these match-ups turning into a bitter rivalry.

The Fire came from behind to knock off the MLS Eastern Conference leaders 2-1 in front of a crowd of 14,159 at Toyota Park.

Rapid Reaction: Chicago Fire 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

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The Chicago Fire kept their reign of terror on Sporting Kansas City going as they came from behind to defeat their Eastern Conference rival by a score of 2-1 in front of a home crowd of 14,159 at Toyota Park.

Sporting struck first in the 30th minute on a Bobby Convey goal shortly after Fire defender Arne Friedrich left the game with a hamstring strain.

pavel Pardo

Chicago Fire- A look at the current roster

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Although we play Toronto FC tonight I thought this would be a good time to look over the current roster we have after the transfer window has closed. We added some pieces and we certainly have some new looks to the team. This got me thinking about some of the possibilities that we may see in the immediate future.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Hey, Remember that time in Portland?

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Ever get a gnat flying around your face, and you keep swatting at the damn thing to kill it because it's annoying you, but it's too hard to see it because it's so tiny and insignificant? That's what the real life is to me: an annoying gnat that I need to swat and kill, so I can get back to fun things.

Chicago Fire 2 - Chivas USA 1: Summary, Highlights, and Quotes

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Chicago Fire 2 - 1 CD Chivas USA

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Dan Gargan, Arne Friedrich, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Logan Pause ©, Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa; Sebastian Grazzini (Rafael Robayo 78'); Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro (Federico Puppo 86')

Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Michael Videira, Daniel Paladini, Orr Barouch

CD Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; John Valencia, Rauwshan McKenzie, Heath Pearce, James Riley; Oswaldo Minda, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Villafana (Michael Lahoud 81'), Miller Bolanos (Ryan Smith 66'); Alejandro Moreno ©, Juan Pablo Angel (Jose Correa 70')

Substitutes not used: Tim Melia, Ante Jazic, Peter Vagenas, Laurent Courtois

Scoring Summary
CHV - Juan Pablo Angel (penalty kick) 23'
CHI - Austin Berry (Sebastian Grazzini) 25'
CHI - Marco Pappa (Federico Puppo) 93+'

Misconduct Summary
CHV - Oswaldo Minda (caution) 16'
CHI - Pavel Pardo (caution) 20'
CHI - Dominic Oduro (caution) 72'

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Fabio Tovar
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Attendance: 14,652



Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas

On Marco's goal.