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Know Your Enemy

Engine Company: Who The F#*k is D.C. United? – Answered

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Engine Company: Crew on Fire — A History of Hate

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To experience the joys of supporter cultureby-proxy OTFcontributor Jacob Peters provides us some backgroundon Fire history, rivalries, and some footnotes onhow to effectively criticize, troll, and generally enjoy Fire games. Next up,Saturday's home match-up against Our All-Time Most Disliked Team, the ClevelandCincinnatiColumbus Crew.

Philadelphia Union

Nacional says Valdes to sign loan deal, new trialists, Academy commitments, US Open Cup format, more

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Announcement on Nacional website says Carlos Valdes to sign loan deal on Friday. New trialists in Union camp. Union Academy commitments announced. New US Open Cup format. More news.

Le Return, le re-entry, more le news

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More on Le Toux's return to the Union. Seba press conference at 10am. Re-Entry process today at 3:30pm. Reading United players 2 of 3 Hermann Trophy finalists. Help Kick Hunger on Saturday. More news.

Frank Yallop

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.

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 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.

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.

Playing the starting line up game

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With first kick only 39 days away and teams gearing up by opening training camps it's not too early to start looking at who might be in Frank Yallop's starting eleven come March 9 in California. There may not be many surprises but there are at least two positions up for grabs between now and opening day against Chivas USA.

Chicago Fire

Match Day 32 - Playoffs Within Reach

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Despite the losses, the winless run, and the two wins in their last 10 games, Sporting Kansas City have the chance to clinch a playoff berth tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire, a win and Sporting is into the playoffs again this year. Standing in their way at Sporting Park, the Fire have been eliminated from the playoff race this year already.

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.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Mike Magee will try tolead the Fire to consecutive wins thisSunday. (Photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF'sJon Denhamthinks it will be a bumpy (but successful) ride on Sunday at Toyota Park, while Down the Byline's Mike Kuhn tells us of a crippled Sporting Club...

The first paragraphof last week's Prime Your Fire Pump ended with, "Hell, the Fire may even bring home three points if they can slow down the charging Red Bulls.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake

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Chicago Fire hope to turn smiles like this upside down on Saturday night (photo: desertnews.com)

OTF'sJon Denham searches for a path to points, and Wes Brown reminds us what makes Real Salt Lake tick...

Who doesn't love a spring break once in a while? After all, another stoppage time penalty kick disaster sort of requires a cooling off period.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Two

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If you can't beat 'em, hack 'em (photo: dailyemerald.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 = 16.6/19 (+0.8 from last week) MLSsoccer.com(16)

"Message sent to the vets, maybe?

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Two

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A better Sega = A better Fire (photo: dailyemerald.com)

This week, OTF's second group of roundtablers share what's on their respective Chicago Fire minds...

Brian Battle

"Would you rather have unlimited money, or impeccable taste?" I was once asked. It's a good question, and one with a super easy answer: If you had enough money, you could pay someone to give you taste.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (0) at Columbus Crew (3)

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Chicago Fire midfielder Dilly Duka cuts back behind Columbus Crew defender Chad Barson: Credit Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

OTF's Daniel Casey ponders a first-rate intelligence...

There is no reason to believe that Chicago Fire can't make the playoffs; there is every reason to believe that Chicago Fire will not make the playoffs.

Match Day #23 Game Thread: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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Game: Philadelphia Union (9-6-7, 1.55 PPG) vs. Chicago Fire (7-9-4, 1.25 PPG)

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

When: 8:00 PM

Channel: Comcast SportsNet

Commentators: Tony Limarzi and Alejandro Moreno

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-<4>-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Sebastien Le Toux, Danny Cruz, Michael Farfan; Jack McInerney, Conor Casey

Philadelphia Union bench: Aaron Wheeler, Fabinho, Antoine Hoppenot, Chris Konopka, Leo Fernandes, Michael Lahoud, Kleberson

Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-2) Sean Johnson; Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba; Joel Lindpere, Alex, Jeff Larentowicz, Patrick Nyarko; Chris Rolfe, Mike Magee

Chicago Fire bench: Maicon Santos, Hunter Jumper, Quincy Amarikwa, Logan Pause, Paolo Tornaghi, Dan Paladini, Dilly Duka

The Chicago Fire are a much improved team to the one the Union beat 1-0.

In Defense of the Defenders: Why Chicago’s Back Four Look So Tired

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I bet he's at about 0.5% body fat by now. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

With a little help from the Editor, OTF's Adam Morgan brings you a disheartening case of Chicago Fire coaching malpractice and man-management failure...

Lately, defending has been a bit of a nightmare for Chicago Fire.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) vs. Sporting Club KC (2)

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Fotios: "Hey! Why are there always at least two blue shirts on my one red shirt?! Fair play anyone?!"

OTF's Shane Nicholson is back, so open up and say...OI!

"We started the game like shit and somehow managed to finish it off even worse.

SWOL Exclusive: Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares talks Mike MaGee and MLS second half

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Gonzalo Segares of the Chicago Fire (Image via Fire official website)

The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer have had a tough go of it in the first half of their season. After having finished 2011 in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, they improved to fourth in 2012 and were hoping to once again improve going into 2013.

SWOL Exclusive: Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares talks Mike MaGee and MLS second half

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The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer have had a tough go of it in the first half of their season. After having finished 2011 in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, they improved to fourth in 2012 and were hoping to once again improve going into 2013. However, a crushing 4-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Galaxy, ironically thanks to a Mike MaGee hat trick and Robbie Keane dagger in the last ten minutes, saw the club begin their season in a way they would like to forget.

SWOLing for Good: Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares gives back with AT&T and MLS at Chicago fan day

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Gonzalo Segares of the Chicago Fire (Image via Fire official website)

SWOL continued it's work in covering players and club's giving back to the community this week. After having spoken with Omar Gonzalez and Tony Meola in the previous weeks thanks to AT&T, Allstate and Major League Soccer, I once again had the chance to speak with a player excited to meet with his fans and community.

SWOLing for Good: Chicago Fire Defender Gonzalo Segares Gives Back with AT&T and MLS

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SWOL continued it's work in covering players and club's giving back to the community this week. After having spoken with Omar Gonzalez and Tony Meola in the previous weeks thanks to AT&T, Allstate and Major League Soccer, I once again had the chance to speak with a player excited to meet with his fans and community.

Match Day #10 Game Thread: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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Game: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

When: 1:30 PM ET

Channel: NBCSN

Commentators: Arlo White and Kyle Martino

Meet the Opposition: Hot Time In Old Town

Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Gabriel Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Bakary Soumare, Raymon Gaddis; Brian Carroll, Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan, Danny Cruz; Conor Casey, Jack McInerney

Philadelphia Union bench: Matt Kassel, Roger Torres, Chris Konopka, Sebastien Le Toux, Chris Albright, Kleberson, Antoine Hoppenot

Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-1-1) Sean Johnson; Gonzalo Segares, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Wells Thompson; Dan Paladini, Logan Pause, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe; Patrick Nyarko

Chicago Fire bench: Corben Bone, Quincy Amerikwa, Paolo Tornaghi, Alex, Maicon Santos, Michael Videira, Yazid Atouba

Prediction: The Union continue to run out a formation and starting XI that has been show time and again to not work.

Hunter Jumper on his first MLS start

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BRIDGEVIEW --- Getting his first MLS start Sunday afternoon, second-year defender Hunter Jumper made a smooth transition into the side -- and put in a solid performance to boot.

Coming in for the injured Gonzalo Segares -- a late scratch after picking up a right hamstring injury Friday -- Jumper slotted in at left back and assisted the Chicago Fire's opening goal in the 3-1 victory over New York.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA

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Walk away. Move on. (photo: media.zenfs.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick thawed himself out on Sunday night and watched the tape on Monday night. Here's his take on Chicago's latest bungle...

Let's start with some positives, shall we?

  • My fingers have sufficiently thawed, allowing me to work the keyboard properly.

Chicago Fire 2013 Season Preview: They’re Better, but are they The Best?

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2012 MLS Record: 17 W-11 L-6 D, GD: +5 (4th in East, lost to Houston Dynamo in Eastern Conference knockout round)

Key Additions: M Joel Lindpere (trade), M Jeff Larentowicz (trade), M Brendan King (signed), M Dilly Duka (trade), M Yazid Atouba (SuperDraft), F Maicon Santos (Re-Entry Draft), F Quincy Amarikwa (trade)

Key Losses: GK Jay Nolly (option declined), M Pavel Pardo (retired), M Alvaro Fernández (loan), F Federico Puppo (loan), F Dominic Oduro (traded), F Guillermo Franco (option declined, later retired)

Projected Starting XI - 4-4-2: GK Sean Johnson, LB Gonzalo Segares, CB Arne Friedrich, CB Austin Berry, RB Logan Pause, LM Dilly Duka, CM Jeff Larentowicz, CM Joel Lindpere RM Patrick Nyarko FWD Chris Rolfe FWD Sherjill MacDonald

Optimistic Predictions: The Men in Red turn out to be as good as they played last August and September during their hottest streak of the season.

Charlotte Eagles

Anangono brace leads Reserves to 3-2 win

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Two goals from Juan Luis Anangono led the Chicago Fire Reserves to a 3-2 win over USL-Pro's Charlotte Eagles on Friday night. The Fire found themselves trailing by two after 15 minutes thanks to goals by former Revolution midfielder Zak Boggs and Jorge Herrera. Anangono scored his first in the 21st minute and Quincy Amarikwa leveled the match in first half stoppage time.

Fire defeat Charlotte 2-0, advance in USOC

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A new look line-up put together a solid performance against USL-Pro side Charlotte Eagles enabling the Fire to advance to the fourth round of the US Open Cup tournament. Frank Klopas featured a starting eleven that included most of the usual first choice selections including newly acquired forward Mike Magee.

Fire's USOC third round draw announced

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US Soccer has released the potential match-ups for the third round of the 2013 US Open Cup tournament after coin flips this morning to determine the pairings. The Fire will play the winner of the match between the Seattle Sounders U-23 (PDL) team and the Charlotte Eagles (USL Pro). That game will be played on May 21 in Charlotte.

Austin Berry

Fire v FGCU match day

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Fire starting line up GK Kann D Ward, Alves, Kinney, Jumper M King, Ritter, Shipp, Pineda F Dantes, Gentile Players Available: Signed Players Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson*, Alec Kann, Kyle Reynish Defenders (8): Austin Berry, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Hunter Jumper, Steven Kinney, Lovel Palmer, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare Midfielders (10): Yazid Atouba, Dilly Duka, Brendan King, Jeff Larentowicz, Alex, Patrick Nyarko, Logan Pause, Victor Pineda, Chris Ritter, Harry Shipp Forwards (6): Quincy Amarikwa, Juan Luis Anangono, Giuseppe Gentile, Kellen Gulley, Mike Magee* Chris Rolfe *-- Denotes a player currently not in camp because of U.

Monday notes - Preseason is here!

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The polar vortex has cast its frigid net over the Chicago area but the Fire managed to escape to Florida yesterday morning to begin the first phase of training camp. Players reported for physicals at Toyota Park on Saturday and began light training in much warmer climes on Sunday (it was in the 70's in Ave Maria yesterday).

Revolution vs. Fire 2013: Live Match Open Thread

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IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY HERE! THE REVS' SEASON HAS STARTED!

Be sure to discuss the New England Revolution's upcoming victory (knock on wood) in the comments section below!

Lineups

Revolution: Matt Reis; Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Kevin Alston; Donald Smith, Clyde Simms, Kalifa Cisse, Juan Toja; Lee Nguyen, Jerry Bengtson

Bench: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Caldwell, Dorman, Rowe, Barrett, Fagundez

Fire: Sean Johnson; Steven Kinney, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald

Bench: Tornaghi, Videira, Paladini, Thompson, Atouba, Alex, Santos

Positional Analysis Part 5: Coaching/Roster- A Look Back And A Look Forward

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As we look forward to the end of the offseason and to the start of preseason, we have to wonder what is going through the head of head coach Frank Klopas. What kind of moves will he make? What kind of formations and tactics will he employ throughout the 2013 season? These are the 2 major questions in my mind that I will delve into and try to answer for you.

Major League Soccer

List of MLS Players Called Up

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Check out the list of MLSers called up for international duty (so far). Next week I'll try to run down a full list by team of players who will be missing for upcoming games in late May and June.

Australia
Tim Cahill (NY)

Canada
Kyle Bekker (TOR)
Doneil Henry (TOR)
Ashtone Morgan (TOR)
Jonathan Osorio (TOR)
Simon Thomas (VAN)

Costa Rica
Jairo Arrieta (CLB)
Gonzalo Segares (CHI)
Rodney Wallace (POR)

El Salvador
Steve Purdy-Ramos (CHV)

Gambia
Sanna Nyassi (MTL)

Haiti
Mechack Jerome (SKC)
Peterson Joseph (SKC)

Honduras
Jerry Bengtson (NE)
Victor Bernardez (SJ)
Marvin Chavez (SJ)
Boniek Garcia (HOU)
Mario Martinez (SEA)

Ireland
Robbie Keane (LA)
Darren O'Dea (TOR)

Jamaica
Ryan Johnson (POR)
Darren Mattocks (VAN)
Donovan Ricketts (POR)

Lebanon
Soony Saad (SKC)

Sierra Leone
Kei Kamara (SKC)

Trinidad & Tobago
Keon Daniel (PHI)

USA
Corey Ashe (HOU)
Matt Besler (SKC)
Brad Davis (HOU)
Brad Evans (SEA)
Omar Gonzalez (LA)
Tally Hall (HOU)
Bill Hamid (DC)
Eddie Johnson (SEA)
Sean Johnson (CHI)
Nick Rimando (RSL)
Graham Zusi (SKC)

USA U-20s
Kellyn Acosta (DAL)
Mikey Lopez (SKC)
Shane O'Neill (COL)
Victor Pineda (CHI)
Dillon Serna (COL)
Oscar Sorto (LA)
Wil Trapp (CLB)

USA U-18s
Marky Delgado (CHV)
Amando Moreno (NY)

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First phase of MLS Re-Entry Draft set for today (several players missing from original list)

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By IVES GALARCEP

Teams hoping to land a quality player in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the first phase of a two draft re-entry process, will find the selection much smaller than what was initially released by Major League Soccer earlier this week.

Several top options have been removed from the initial list, and won't be available in today's draft, including the likes of Marvell Wynne, Tony Tchani, Justin Mapp and Rodney Wallace.

The Rest

Jones Finding His Form In Chicago

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When the Fire closed the book on their 2014 season supporters knew wholesale changes were in store for a team that struggled to a 6-10-18 finish. The departure of familiar names like Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares, and Steven Kinney gave way to new players coming in, many of whom were unfamiliar to most Fire fans, including Trinidad and Tobago's Joevin Jones.

Segares retires, joins Academy staff

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Gonzalo Segares has announced his retirement as a player after ten professional seasons. Drafted by the Fire in the third round of the 2005 SuperDraft, Segares spent his entire career in Chicago with the exception of a stint with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol in 2010. A popular player in the locker room and off the field he was always available to speak honestly and openly regardless of how exhilarating or excruciating the result of the latest match was.

Fire 1 Galaxy 1 - recap and ratings

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Another defensive mistake cost them points at home but the Fire didn't seem too broken up about this one. Chris Ritter's errant pass led to a 74th minute game tying goal and a draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy. A shift to a formation that included dual holding midfielders and the return of Gonzalo Segares to the starting line up resulted in the team's best defensive effort in some time.

Fire begin training for season opener

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Winning the Carolina Challenge Cup was one thing but now the season starts for real next Sunday in Los Angeles and the Fire are back in Bridgeview (for one day at least) to begin preparations for the 2013 kick-off match. The team trained at the Bridgeview Sports Dome on Tuesday before departing for Los Angeles and warmer climates on Wednesday morning.