Kennedy Igboananike

D.C. United

Scouting Report: breaking the DC United filibuster

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They haven't realized that proximity to power has deluded them into believing they wield it

Who You'll Watch

After a much needed two week break, the Sounders will welcome D.C. United to Seattle. This will be the lone meeting of the regular season between the two clubs.

Last season, Seattle went to the nation's capital and defeated United behind goals from Jordan Morris and Joevin Jones.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: I thought it felt a bit drafty

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"Did you say Abe Lincoln?"

Whaddup, friends. Ready for your daily of dose of soccer? Great, let's go!

D.C. United announces protected players for MLS Expansion Draft - Black And Red United
don't take my bb Jared Jeffrey plz

Miguel Aguilar traded to the LA Galaxy - Black And Red United
I'm a little sad about this but I wish him all the best.

D.C. United salaries as of Sept. 15 revealed

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The MLSPU releases the list to little DCU surprise.

The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of September 15. Notable midseason additions to the list include Alejandro Bedoya of the Philadelphia Union ($1,166,254 guaranteed compensation) and Nicolas Lodeiro of the Seattle Sounders ($1,743,428.

Didier Drogba

Filibuster podcast episode 209: The berry farm also has goats

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The Filibuster crew is here to talk MLS Cup playoffs!

D.C. United is hosting a game at RFK Stadium in the MLS Cup playoffs, and Filibuster is here to talk about it! First, though, Adam, Jason, and Ben talk about the D.C. United stadium and the potential problem that seems to have been avoided with their Zoning Commission hearing.

Gilberto's lack of production examined

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It's no secret that the Fire have been looking to add some punch to the attack. The roster is thin at the forward position. Kennedy Igboananike has had his moments this season but without David Accam for most of the early going Chicago has looked to their third Designated Player to deliver.

Fire noteboook - Gilberto, Drogba, and funny money

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The Fire made the deal official this morning, announcing that Didier Drogba had signed a contract with MLS and was traded to Montreal in exchange for a king's ransom in general allocation money and newly created target allocation money. The acquisition of former Toronto FC forward Gilberto was also finalized and he will be added to the roster as a Designated Player.

Fire in pursuit of Drogba

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EPSN's Jeff Carlisle reported earlier this afternoon that MLS has made a contract offer to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and that the Fire are making the strongest push for his services. ESPN pegged the deal at $2.5 million per season for the next 18 months. The report also notes that other MLS clubs are involved and the player has interest from Qatar.

Chicago Fire

D.C. United adds Igboananike in trade with Fire

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D.C. United has struggled to find consistency in the attack this season, but Ben Olsen and the team's front office are doing everything in their power to change that.

After recently acquiringattacking players Patrick Mullins and Lloyd Sam from New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls, respectively, D.

International break helps Fire move forward to earn first win

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Matt Polster started to misspeak but caught himself. IndiscussingSaturday's 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, the Chicago Fire midfielder initiallycalled ita good way to start the season. It was,in fact, the team's fourth game, but the first in two weeks after the international break.

Women in Soccer, Chicago Fire ‘Keeper Debate and “Puto”

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National Women's Day

Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas have female capos? I did not until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.

Women in Soccer, Chicago Fire ‘Keeper Debate and “Puto”

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National Women's Day

Since today is International Women's Day, I thought I'd use this edition of my semi-weekly Musing column to writeaboutgender equality among soccer fans and players. Did you know that FC Dallas has female capos? I did not know this until I read this great piece in What a Howler written by Gaby Kirschner.

Fire v Rapids match preview

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It's another battle of the titans. With eleven games left in the Fire's season every match is a must win. Martin Tomszak takes a look at the Colorado Rapids, a team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference.

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Preview

Two goals from Kennedy Igboananike, fighting spirit, a well-earned point, and hey, the club is worth $160m.

Whoops: Union, Fire draw at three

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The Philadelphia Union and the Chicago Fire conspired to draw 3-3 on Sunday night. There were a lot of goals and a lot of saves, and some other things happened.

There were a lot of goals

Kennedy Igboananike opened up the scoring in the 10th minute. After exploiting the space that Fabinho afforded them by pushing up high, the Fire were happy to punish what remained of the Union's back line.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-3 Chicago Fire

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Sebastien Le Toux put the Union ahead in the 90th minute, but Chicago equalized in the 92nd as the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference battled to a 3-3 tie at PPL Park Saturday night.

Fire v Timbers match preview

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The Fire added Trinidad & Tobago centerback Daneil Cyrus on loan from W Connection to bolster the back line but the biggest player news could be the debut of Gilberto in Portland. With the transfer window now closed it's time to focus on the games again. Martin Tomszak is back with a look at the Timbers.

Fire v DC United match preview

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What Are They All About? DC United

Finally! Chicago Fire Designated Player Kennedy Igboananike had a great weight lifted off of his shoulders as he put his first MLS goal past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush to seal a 3-0 home victory against the Impact on Saturday. He and the team will hope to keep this momentum going as they continue a three match week against conference leading DC United on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Union

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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This escalated quickly.

UNION GAME #16
VS
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
7:00 PM ET
TCN - Marc Zumoff and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS Live
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Fabian Herbers Forward Kennedy Igboananike, David Accam

Chris Pontius, Roland Alberg, Ilsinho

Brian Carroll, Tranquillo Barnetta

Midfield Michael Stephens, Razvan Cocis, Khaly Thiam
Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Ken Tribbett, Keegan Rosenberry Defense Brandon Vincent, Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell, Eric Gehrig, Michael Harrington
Andre Blake Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
John McCarthy, Ray Gaddis, Josh Yaro, Warren Creavalle, Leo Fernandes, Walter Restrepo, Sebastien Le Toux Bench Matt Lampson, Joao Meira, Rodrigo Ramos, Nick LaBrocca, John Goossens, Drew Conner, Alex Morrell
Numbers of Note
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No playoffs talk and other notes from Curtin’s presser, more news

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Chicago defeats NYRB, now one point behind Union. Copa America Centenario may not be staged in the US. More news.

Sean Johnson Rescues a Point! Will It Matter?

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Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson pulled a rabbit out if his hat several times last Sunday to keep the Fire competitive in a match in which the Philadelphia Union easily could have buried them. The teams traded goals and leads back and forth, but the affair was not settled until Kennedy Igboananike drove him his second goal of the match deep into second-half stoppage time to salvage a 3:3 draw.

Pfeffer called up, Academy U-18s win, State of the League, player moves, more

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Pfeffer gets US U-20 callup. Academy U-18s win final Winter Showcase game. Garber on the state of the league. Dallas re-signs Seitz. More.

David Accam

Fire squeak by Indy Eleven in PKs

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The Fire survived some tense moments and plenty of wasted chances to outlast Indy Eleven in penalty kicks in a US Open Cup fourth round matchup. David Accam scored an equalizer in the 111th minute and provided the decisive penalty kick after the two sides remained deadlocked following 120 minutes of less than scintillating soccer.

Fire in pursuit of Ghanaian striker David Accam

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A report out of Sweden earlier tonight cited the Fire as the club of choice next season for 24 year old Ghanaian striker David Accam. While the Fire have not commented on the report, sources indicate that the club is indeed pursuing Accam although the deal has not been finalized. The Fire are hopeful that a pairing of Accam and the recently signed Kennedy Igboananike would provide a speedy and dynamic strike partnership that has the potential for big numbers in MLS.

Joevin Jones

Fire notebook - Opening opponent named, preseason, and more

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Major League Soccer has announced 2016 home openers for all 20 teams. Every club will be in action on Sunday, March 6 with the Fire starting the season off against New York City FC at Toyota Park at 1PM. The entire schedule is expected to be released on or about January 7. Pre-season With Chicago passing during the Waiver and Re-Entry Drafts, the next scheduled opportunity for new player additions will come on January 16 via the SuperDraft.

Toothless Fire Desperate for Goals

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Theabsence of David Accam and a clinical finishermade apparent in their 2-1 loss.

Real Salt Lake demonstrated remarkable efficiency in front of goal on Saturday at Toyota Park and sent the Chicago Fire to a disappointing 2:1 defeat.

Brazilian CB Adailton added to roster

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The Fire now have 21 players under contract with the addition of 31 year old Brazilian centerback Adailton. The veteran defender spent last season with Esporte Clube Bahia in Brazil where he recently terminated his contract. He had been with Swiss Super League side Sion FC for the previous five seasons which included two loan stints in China.

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.

The Rest

Fire notebook - moves ahead, Magee, Bliss, and more

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The full MLS schedule is set to be announced on Thursday and the Player Combine takes place this weekend so things are about to pick up in terms of news around the league and in Chicago. The Fire are pursuing help on the backline as a priority. Expect the most significant signings this offseason to come at the center back position.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 3-3 Fire

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Postgame video and quotes from Sunday night's 3-3 draw.

Fire Put Crushing Blow on Montreal Impact

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The Chicago Fire put on a display of powerful attacking capability en route to a 3:0 demolition of the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The soggy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park seemed to have a bigger effect on Montreal than on the home side. The Impact looked ready to pack it in by halftime.

Monday Musings, Episode V – “Double Header Sunday”

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Fire Lose, but Red Stars and Fire Academy top out the Weekend with Victories

The Fire lost to Real Salt Lake in the Fire's lone meeting with this Western Conference opponent.

On the positive side, Section 8 was loud yesterday and the Chicago Red Stars were greeted with open arms by Section 8 supporters as well as their own supporters, Chicago Local 134.

Sporting KC 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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A loss in the Kansas City isn't the end of the world after three straight victories but wasted opportunities and lack of clarity in the final third make this game more frustrating than the score and the statistics indicate. Sporting held a 57-43 possession advantage over ninety minutes but the Fire showed that they have enough in the attack to create chances although they also showed that they are capable of not taking advantage of those when presented.

AIK’s Kennedy Igboananike scores brilliant overhead bicycle kick

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Stockholm's Friends Arena was the venue where The Mighty Zlatan Ibrahomovic scored a ridiculous bicycle kick against England last November, and fans at AIK's home stadium witnessed yet another beautiful overhead volley on Sunday.

AIK were drawing 2-2 in the 74th minute of their league tie with Halmstad BK when Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike connected with a cross from the right in spectacular fashion.