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Chicago Fire

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.

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.

Reserve League #1: Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake

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The 2011 MLS Reserve League Central/Mountain Division champions Chicago Fire opened the Reserves League season Tuesday morning against the Real Salt Lake reserves on a windy and overcast day. I went to the game to get a good look at some of the new faces on the team as well as see how some familiar faces have progressed.

Quick Shots: Previews and Predictions for Week 2

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Quick Shots is going to be a weekly look ahead to the upcoming MLS games for the week. The idea is to try to keep the previews as brief and concise, hence the name. I will also give a prediction as to the outcome of each match.

It's Week 2 of the MLS season, and the Fire are going to take the field for the first time.

Sean Johnson named to upcoming US U-23 Camp

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named his 23-player roster for a 10-day training camp in Frisco, Texas. The roster includes the Chicago Fire's Sean Johnson so this means Johnson will be out between February 19 to March 1 and more.

The only other goalkeeper in camp will be D.

Chicago Fire 3 - Real Espana 1; video highlights, preseason notes, and more

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In case you missed it, the Chicago Fire defeated Real Espana 3-1 in Saturday night's international exhibition. Video highlights, goal scorers, and Fire starters are after the break. The team has a recap with some quotes from Klopas up on the website. The local paper, The Times-Picayune, had a good recap too.

Grading The Offseason: Eastern Conference

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Toronto and Kansas City have faired pretty well so far this winter. (Getty Images)

Many clubs are a few weeks into their pre-seasons and now that the international transfer window has shut, it is a good time to look at how each MLS side has done so far this winter. (Note: the MLS window doesn't close until April, which means players who failed to land new jobs in Europe can still head to MLS.

MLS 2011-12 Offseason Transactions

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While the transfer window in Europe opens up in less than 48 hours, Major League Soccer teams have been busy since the season ended, rebuilding and retooling for next season. Here is a team-by-team look at what each side has done so far this offseason. Who has had the best offseason?

Chicago Fire

IN: G Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); F Kheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England)

OUT: F Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic(12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy)

Chivas USA

IN: M Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Arturo Alvarez (12/5: Re-Entry Stage 1/RSL); M Oswaldo Minda(12/21: SD Quito)

OUT: F Justin Braun (11/23: trade to Montreal); M Gerson Mayen (11/23: trade to Montreal); D Zarek Valentin (11/23: expansion draft); MPaulo Nagamura (11/29: trade to Sporting KC); D Andrew Boyens (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Chukwudi Chujindu (12/12: option declined); M Simon Elliott (12/12: out of contract); G Zach Thornton (12/12: option declined); D Mariano Trujillo (12/12: option declined)

Colorado Rapids

IN: M Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chicago); D Hunter Freeman (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Houston)

OUT: M Sanna Nyassi (11/23: expansion draft); D Mike Holody (12/12: option declined); MBaggio Husidic (12/23: free/Hammarby)

Columbus Crew

IN: D Carlos Mendes (12/5: Re-Entry Stage 1/New York); G Matt Lampson (12/15: Home Grown)

OUT: D Josh Gardner (11/23: expansion draft); M Santiago Prim (11/23: waived); D Dejan Rusmir (11/23: waived); F Andrés Mendoza(12/6: option declined); M Kevin Burns (12/12: option declined); F Jeff Cunningham (12/12: option declined)

DC United

IN: D Robbie Russell (11/29: trade from RSL)

OUT: M Santino Quaranta (12/7: retired); DMarc Burch (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Seattle); MClyde Simms (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Brandon Barklage (12/12: option declined); G Steve Cronin (12/12: option declined); F Joseph Ngwenya (12/12: option declined); D Jed Zayner (12/12: option declined); D Devon McTavish (12/22: retired)

FC Dallas

IN:

OUT: D Edson Edward (11/23: waived); DJeremy Hall (11/29: trade to Toronto); F Maykel Galindo (12/12: option declined); F Maicon Santos (12/12: option declined); M Marvin Chávez (12/16: trade to San Jose)

Houston Dynamo

IN: M Nathan Sturgis (12/29: trade from Toronto)

OUT: F Brian Ching (11/23: expansion draft); MFrancisco Navas Cobo (11/23: waived); G Evan Newton (11/23: waived); F Carlo Costly (11/24: option declined); D Hunter Freeman (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); F Jason Garey (12/12: option declined); D Eddie Robinson (12/12: option declined)

LA Galaxy

IN: D Andrew Boyens (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chivas USA); D Chris Leitch (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/San Jose); F Pat Noonan (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Seattle); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Chicago); M Marcelo Sarvas(12/13: free/Alajuelense); M Jose Villarreal(12/22: Home Grown)

OUT: D Gregg Berhalter (12/9: retired);G Donovan Ricketts (11/28: trade to Montreal Impact)

Montreal Impact

IN: D Nelson Rivas (10/3: free/Inter Milan, Italy); G Evan Bush (10/21: NASL Impact); D Sinisa Ubiparipovic (11/1: NASL Impact); M Hassoun Camara (11/3: NASL Impact); D Jeb Brovsky (11/23: expansion draft); D Bobby Burling (11/23: expansion draft); F Brian Ching (11/23: expansion draft); D Josh Gardner (11/23: expansion draft); M Justin Mapp (11/23: expansion draft); M Sanna Nyassi (11/23: expansion draft); D James Riley(11/23: expansion draft); D Seth Sinovic (11/23: expansion draft); M Collen Warner (11/23: expansion draft); D Zarek Valentin (11/23: expansion draft); F Justin Braun (11/23: trade from Chivas USA); M Gerson Mayen (11/23: trade from Chivas USA); D Tyson Wahl (11/23: trade from Seattle Sounders); M Bryan Arguez(11/25: free/Ft.

Rounding up the MLS comings and goings: Eastern Conference

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With the MLS Eastern Conference as wide open as it was down the stretch last season, a roster tweak in the right direction could be all it takes to separate certain clubs from the pack. Â

In the opening month of the offseason, no teams did more to augment their rosters than the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, two clubs that felt they had what it took to win the conference crown last season before ultimately losing out to the Houston Dynamo.

Barouch

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact - Quotes, highlights, box score

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Chicago Fire 1 - 1 Montreal Impact

Chicago Fire: Paolo Tornaghi; Dan Gargan, Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares (Hunter Jumper, 68'); Marco Pappa (Federico Puppo, 62'), Pavel Pardo, Logan Pause ©; Sebastian Grazzini (Daniel Paladini, 79'); Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko

Substitutes not used: Jay Nolly, Corben Bone, Rafael Robayo, Orr Barouch

Montreal Impact: Donovan Ricketts; Jeb Brovsky, Mateo Ferrari, Tyson Wahl, Josh Gardner; Davy Arnaud, Felipe Martins, Patrice Bernier (Lamar Neagle, 82'), Justin Mapp (Andrew Wenger, 68'); Sanna Nyassi, Justin Braun (Bernardo Corradi, 77')

Substitutes not used: Greg Sutton, Callum Mallace, Shavar Thomas, Collen Warner

Chicago Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas

On the game.

Preseason: Chicago Fire Top Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0

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The Chicago Fire had no trouble dispatching Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0 in their second game of the 2012 preseason. Marco Pappa scored a goal in the 7th minute and assisted on Dominic Oduro's goal in the 21st minute. Orr Barouch made it 3-0 in the 60th minute of the game on a Corben Bone corner kick.

Major League Soccer

2012 Chicago Fire Predictions

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Finally the off season has ended. With the hot streak Chicago finished 2011 on, the winter seemed unbearably long. A few moves have been made in the downtime. And the remaining players have had another preseason to gel as a team. Today I will break down the team by goalie, defense, mid-field, and forwards.

2012 MLS Offseason Transactions

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I figured this was worth putting up before the new season starts.

(Source: MLSSoccer.com)

IN: Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); FKheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Rafael Robayo (1/9: free/Millonarios); F Federico Puppo (1/11: free/Danubio); D Austin Berry (1/12: SuperDraft); F Lucky Mkosana (1/12: SuperDraft); D Hunter Jumper (1/12: SuperDraft); M Tony Walls (1/17: supplemental draft); D Arne Friedrich (3/7: free) OUT: Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Diego Chaves,(1/15: free/Palestino); D Yamith Cuesta (12/7: loan expired); D Josip Mikulic (1/26: waived) IN: Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Oswaldo Minda (12/21: SD Quito); M Miller Bolaños (1/11: LDU Quito); F Casey Townsend (1/12: SuperDraft); D R.

MLS Preseason Rewind: DC United tops Chicago, Le Toux nets winner, and more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

The 8th annual Carolina Challenge Cup is underway in Charleston, South Carolina.

DC United notched the only win of the weekend with a 1-0 result over the Chicago Fire while hosts Charleston Battery salvaged a late draw with the Columbus Crew last Saturday.

From The Press Box: New England v Vancouver

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It was not pretty at times, but a second half penalty from Shalrie Joseph was enough to give New England all three points against a game Vancouver side tonight at Gillette Stadium..

With the win, the Revs move to 3-3-4 and 13 points while the Whitecaps fall to 1-5-5 and 8 points.

First Half
The first half ended scoreless in what was a pretty drab affair to be honest.

Vancouver Whitecaps

SBI MLS Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

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By ADAM SERRANO

The Vancouver Whitecaps begin their second year in MLS with a new head coach and a new sense of promise.Â

Martin Rennie, who was hired midway through the 2011 season, has quickly sought to revamp a club that finished at the bottom of the Western Conference last season.

Chicago Fire 2012 Roster Projection

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The Chicago Fire declined to participate in yesterday's weighted lottery for Lee Nguyen. Of the six teams that did enter, the Vancouver Whitecaps ended up as the lucky winners. Vancouver will be getting somewhat of an unknown product but Nguyen did dominate when he played in the V-League and he'll always have some USMNT call-ups in 2007 to his name.

Re-Entry Draft field continues to shrink, leaves few options ahead of first stage

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By AVI CREDITOR

Don't expect to be wowed by the second edition of the MLS Re-Entry Draft now that most of the big names initially available are off the table.

Between Bobby Convey being traded to Sporting Kansas City, Bobby Boswell re-signing with the Houston Dynamo, Ante Jazic re-signing with Chivas USA and Santino Quaranta retiring, the quality of the draft pool has dropped immensely.

MLS Notes: Quaranta retires, Mullan re-signs with Colorado and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

We've seen the last of Santino Quaranta as a professional soccer player.

Quaranta has called it a career after 11 seasons in MLS, according to the Washington Post. Feeling that there's nothing left to accomplish, Quaranta ends his time as a player with 27 goals and 29 assists in 180 MLS matches and 15 caps and one goal for the U.

Thorrington now unavailable in Re-Entry Draft; Jay Nolly to the Fire?

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Thorrington now unavailable in Re-Entry Draft; Jay Nolly to the Fire?

UPDATE 1 - 9:00 AM on December 5: This is now official according to the Chicago Fire. Chicago acquires Nolly for a first round selection in the 2013 Supplemental Draft

John Thorrington and Joe Cannon re-sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps

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This comes via Benjamin Massey over at 86 Forever in response to MLS releasing an updated list of players who will be available for the Re-Entry Draft that starts this Monday.

In Reserve: Timbers repeat result over 'Caps, Amarikwa nets hat trick & more

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For the second straight day, the Portland Timbers got the better of the Vancouver Whitecaps by a 1-0 scoreline.

After the Timbers' first team accomplished that feat in the debut of BC Place on Sunday, the Portland reserves did the same on Monday on the strength of an 82nd-minute goal from Bryan Burke and a clean sheet by Jake Gleeson.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v. Vancouver - Frings and Koevermans Disappoint In Debut

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Tonight is a lovely night for football. The drawback is that we get TFC and Vancouver instead. This quest for the Wooden Spoon runs right through the confines of BMO Field. Last place is firmly on the line!

Winter and Co. debuted two new signings in Torsten Frings (of Harvey's meal accessory fame) and Danny Koevermans (of the Van Koevermans fame) as well as a shifting of priorities putting Winter in the role of Manager, de Klerk as coach, and Mariner as MLS-to-Rest of World football translator (there ish no dutcsh woerd for "shalaree kapsh").

Soolsma's PK leads Toronto FC over Whitecaps

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By JOSE M. ROMERO

Nick Soolsma lined up his penalty kick in the 53rd minute and beat Vancouver goalkeeper Jay Nolly to Soolsma's right for a goal.

It didn't count. Joao Plata was called for encroachment, necessitating a re-kick.Â

Unfazed, Soolsma went left from the spot this time in the 54th minute, and the ball got by Nolly again.

Tough Week For Vancouver Sports Fans

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Do we have Benjamin Massey on suicide watch? His Eighty-Six Forever blog hasn't been updated since before the USMNT played Canada in the Gold Cup.

You could understand him being a little down, along with every other sports fan in Vansterdam. In the finals of the Official Sport of Canadaâ„¢, the Canucks were crushed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 to make it a series and threaten to continue a streak that hasn't seen a Stanley Cup champion from the country that invented the game since 1993.

Seattle Sounders Reserves v Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves - Gamethread

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This baby Cascadia match is destined to be over shadowed by the two trailists (Cillian Sheridan and Myron Samuel - links to brief scouting reports), but is also a key Reserve match between the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. Seattle has dominated Reserve play displaying their depth by winning all 4 previous matches with a goal differential of five.

THE MATCHUP: Once...Twice... Three times a NutCan?

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Joao Plata poses behind The Voyageurs CupTORONTO FC VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
NUTRILITE CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL - 2ND LEG (AGGREGATE 1-1)
 
BMO FIELD - WEDNESDAY 8PM ET
TV: SPORTSNET ONE
 
THE KICKABOUT:
- With a 0-0 scoreline all that is needed for the trophy, will Winter resist the temptation to play defensively and will his players have the nerve not to?

Whitewashed

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Shalrie Joseph converted a 49th minute penalty kick and it would be all the New England Revolution needed against the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps as Matt Reis and the defense held strong to get the team's second straight shut-out.

A slow start didn't hurt the Revs (3-3-4, 13 points) as the Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 points) rarely threatened the Revs net and Reis was equal to the task when they did.

Fire dominates, but settles for tie with Whitecaps

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

The Chicago Fire dominated the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in every category except the scoreline as the two teams battled to a scoreless draw at Toyota Park.

Chicago began the game with a flurry of chances that went begging.

Eric Hassli

Sounders vs Vancouver Whitecaps Scouting Report: Cascadia Closer

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Generally when a team fires a coach midseason, they will schedule it before a series of easier opponents. This gives the new coach a chance to start off his tenure with some good results, and from a PR perspective it makes it easier to convince the fans that the change was for the better based on those results.

Another Equalizing Goal, Another Draw For The Red Bulls

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Recently it seems that no matter how hard the New York Red Bulls play to get the first goal of the game, something always seems to bite them in the rear end. Even if it was a long cross continent trip to Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada to face the expansion side Whitecaps. Amazing thing about this match was that the Whitecaps haven't won since their season opener against Toronto FC, while the Red Bulls haven't won a game all month long in May.

The Rest

The Back-Up Plan

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With a record-breaking crowd anticipated, Chicago will open the 2012 season on the road in Montreal. Emotions will be at peak levels for the home team when the ball drops. The long anticipated inaugural season for the Montreal Impact is here. Once again Chicago has seemingly drawn the short stick and been picked to be the first foe for a newly promoted club.

Sweet graphs, Shalrie’s contract, new MLS ball, more

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There are many cool things in the world, but I think it's safe to say that none are as cool as this graph of the Philadelphia Union's pass attempts and accuracy that the Tumblr blog Propagandarama put together from the stats PSP's Ed Farnsworth compiled. For those who like to analyze trends in graphs, here is some more info.