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Logan Pause to depart for LAFC

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Another long-time Fire stalwart is leaving the club. Sources indicate to Fire Confidential that Logan Pause is set to depart for a position with Los Angeles FC. Pause will assume the head coaching position for LAFC's USL side Orange County Blues FC and serve as an assistant when they begin play in MLS next season.

“Something to build on”: Union top Houston, league results, Olympic qualifying roster released, more

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Union get first home win in league play since July. Harrisburg fails to reach USL playoffs for first time since 2010. League results wrap. US Olympic qualifiers roster announced. More.

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.

Young guns win again, Fire stay undefeated in preseason

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The Fire lost their shut out streak but still managed to stay undefeated this preseason by defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 in Tucson, Arizona. Frank Yallop said he would play trialists and young players in this match and the "B" squad impressed yet again. A midfield featuring Logan Pause in the holding role with Victor Pineda, Harry Shipp, Benji Joya, and Grant Ward ahead of him had the better of the play against a combination of Rapids reserves and starters.

Rolfe officially re-signs; Fire pass in re-entry round 2

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As expected, the Fire announced today that Chris Rolfe has agreed to a restructured deal with the club. As usual terms were not disclosed but it's apparent that Rolfe accepted a lower salary while gaining a longer term contract. Logan Pause is also expected to officially re-sign with the team in the near future.

Fire decline options on 8 players including fan favorite Rolfe

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Ahead of Thursday's first round of the annual Re-Entry Draft the Fire have announced that 10 player options have been exercised and another 8 have been declined. The players who may be on the move include Mike Videira, Corben Bone, Joel Lindpere, Daniel Paladini, Logan Pause, Kellen Gulley, Chris Rolfe, and Maicon Santos although Frank Yallop has left the door open for some to return.

Fire decline option on Pause but look to keep him with the club

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With today's deadline for clubs to notify MLS if player options are being renewed for 2014 it's possible that captain Logan Pause may have played his last game for the Fire. Frank Yallop declined the 2014 option on the veteran midfielder thereby making him eligible for December's Re-Entry draft. Yallop told MLSsoccer.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Newsie news bits for a slow Tuesday

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Union bits. MLS bits. USMNT bits. International bits. Bits.

“It’s huge”: Recaps & reaction from win in Toronto, Hburg makes playoffs, league results, more

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Reaction to win over Toronto. Union back in playoff spot. Union Academy starts new season. Harrisburg to face Orlando in USL PRO playoffs. League results. More.

Reports of Edu deal, Valdes loan, Name That Trialist season begins, HCI sign a Rover, more

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Reports emerge on Friday that Edu deal is complete. Valdes loan to San Lorenzo also done. City Islanders sign Portuguese youth international from Blackburn Rovers, more news.

Re-entry Draft part 2, SF prez says club is negotiating for Valdes, DC nabs GAM, more

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Stage 2 of the Re-entry Draft takes place today. Santa Fe prez says club negotiating to keep Carlos Valdes. Union 5th most searched soccer team on Google in US. Locals honored with NSCAA COY awards. DC lands Eddie Johnson. More.

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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The Philadelphia Union and Chicago Fire square off for some Thursday Night Football tonight on ESPN2. All my rowdy friends do not want to watch Christian Ponder play handegg.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 2, 2014
8:00 PM ET
ESPN2 - Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Andrew Wenger, Pedro Ribeiro Forward Harry Shipp, Quincy Amerikwa

Cristian Maidana, Amobi Okugo, Vincent Nogueira, Fred

Midfield Grant Ward, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Sanna Nyassi
Fabinho, Carlos Valdes, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis Defense Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Alex
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Sean Johnson
Zac MacMath, Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll, Antoine Hoppenot, Ethan White, Brian Brown, Danny Cruz Bench Kyle Reynish, Gonzalo Segares, Chris Ritter, Patrick Nyarko, Matt Watson, Robert Earnshaw, Florent Sinama-Pongolle
Stats (Explained Here)

Fire’s Pause to retire at end of season

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The longest-tenured player in Chicago Fire historyis ending his career with the only club he's known.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Logan Pause announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

GAME THREAD: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union travel to Toyota Park in an attempt to light 'em up and be on fire.

Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
April 5, 2014
5:00 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Hot Time In Old Town
Starting XI
Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee Forward Conor Casey
Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Watson, Harrison Shipp Midfield

Leo Fernandes, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Maurice Edu

Lovel Palmer, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bakary Soumare, Greg Cochrane Defense Fabinho, Aaron Wheeler, Amobi Okugo, Ray Gaddis
Sean Johnson Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Kyle Reynish, Patrick Ianni, Logan Pause, Dilly Duka, Benji Joya, Alex, Juan Luis Anongono Bench Andre Blake, Ethan White, Austin Berry, Sheanon Williams, Michael Lahoud, Corben Bone, Antoine Hoppenot
Stats (Explained Here)

Pause, Rolfe withdraw from MLS Re-Entry Draft, likely to remain with Fire

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Two Chicago Fire players have made themselves unavailable for the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft just hours before it is set to commence.

Both Logan Pause and Chris Rolfe opted out of the Re-Entry Draft on Tuesday, according to a Fire press release, likely meaning that they intend to sign new contracts with the club.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Montreal Impact (2)

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Two out of three for Magia Miguel (AP Photo/Chicago Fire, Brian Kersey)

OTF's Shane Nicholson laments another blown chance by the Men in Red and wonders if they've checked their calendars lately...

Six from 18.

The Fire just went through a month in which their season was in their hands, and they took six points out of a possible 18.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. DC United #2

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Will young Jalil redeem himself this weekend? (photo: 1000goals.com)

OTF's Scott Fenwick and Luis Perez, Jr. of DCU 4 Life come together to ponder how exciting 8th place vs. 10th place truly is...

With lowly DC United in town, Chicago Fire is damned if they do and really damned if they don't.

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round Ten

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Bye Week Bump! (image: usdirect.com)

Each week, OTF aggregates the power rankings and visits with the MLS pundits to see what they say about our Chicago Fire...

HIT THE MUSIC! Aggregate = 15.8/19 (+ 0.7 from last week) ESPN FC(13)

"With the weekend off, focus turned to retired midfielder Robbie Rogers, whose rights are held by the Fire.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Ten

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Yeah we're here, just watching the season roll by... (photo: flickr.com/photos/chicagofiresoccer)

Each and every week, OTF's writers and contributors chime in on the state of the Fire...

Just about 1/4 of the 2013 MLS season has passed. Heading into the bye week, Chicago Fire is off to its worst start in franchise history.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact

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Jeff Larentowicz displaying this season's hottest fashion: frustration. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF contributor Mark Rogers digs deep into the Fire's disappointing 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact last Saturday afternoon...

In the past it's been fairly easy to ignore the soccer being played by our friendly neighbors to the north in Canada.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at L’Impact de Montreal

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Allez Fire! (image: twitter.com via @MLS)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick brings you the Fire week in review, player and coach interviews, and gets you match prepped for Chicago's trip to Canada's sin city...

Perhaps this week's trip to La Metropole will show us whether the Fire have indeed turned a corner.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Nine

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Nyarko: He played like a champion. (photo: chicago-fire.com)

Each and every week, OTF's writers and contributors chime in on the state of the Fire...

Was the victory vs. Columbus more a function of Chicago's successes or Columbus's failures? Daniel Casey

The victory over Columbus wasn't some kind of fluke or due to some lapse in ability by the Crew; this was exactly the kind of team the Crew are.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Columbus Crew

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Will Patrick Nyarko return to the Fire's starting XI on Saturday night? (photo: zimbio.com)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick looks back on the week that was in Fireland and looks ahead to Saturday's derby with the yellowest team known to mankind...

If recent history tells us anything, Chicago has a good chance of getting at least a point at home this weekend.

Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo - MLS #6 - Preview

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After defeating the New York Red Bulls last weekend, April is already turning out to be a better month for the Chicago Fire than March. The Fire played their best game of this young MLS season and were able to triple their goal output for the season by winning against New York 3-1. Logan Pause came back from injury to anchor the midfield and Joel Lindpere played his best game as a Fire player after being slotted on the wing in place of Dilly Duka who was still out due to injury.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Seven

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Your weekly gut check on the state of the Fire from OTF's writers and contributors...

Chicago Fire earned its first win this season with three goals against a lackluster RBNY side last Sunday. Beginning this Sunday however, they must face three of the top four Eastern Conference teams (Houston, Columbus, Montreal) in a thirteen day span.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire vs. Red Bull New York

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Paladini: a smile worth more than a thousand words. (photo: soccerbyives.net)

OTF Editor Scott Fenwick takes a closer look at Chicago's timely 3-1 victory over the pink cows...

Those of you who still read the Sunday morning Chicago Tribune sports page (or perhaps follow the #cf97 hashtag on Twitter), were treated to this snarky blurb on Sunday morning:

Chicago Tribune: rubbing salt in the wound.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Bye Week Special

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Your weekly gut check on the state of the Fire from OTF contributors and guests...

In its last ten games (including the 2012 playoff loss against Houston), Chicago is 1-2-7 with a -12 goal differential, marking its worst ten-game stretch of results in franchise history.

Victor Pineda

Fire notebook - reserves, expansion, tv, radio, and a whole lot more

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The Fire Reserves played their first match of the season yesterday. A 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls featured a mix of bench players and Fire Academy products. Giuseppe Gentile scored a brace to provide the difference. Victor Pineda played ninety minutes and his brother Mauricio also got into the match.

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.

Fire Reserves beat Columbus 5-3

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The Fire Reserves defeated the Columbus Crew 5-3 to improve their Reserve League record to 2-5-0. The match featured a switch to a 4-3-3 formation and the first appearance in game action for trialing center backs Yamith Cuesta and Elias Vasquez. The starting line-up also saw a return to the pitch for team captain Logan Pause.

Sporting Kansas City

Mid week notes - Pause trains, Tornaghi starts in goal

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The Fire seem to have stumbled onto an epidemic of injuries at the right back spot but may get some help this weekend if team captain Logan Pause is able to return to the line-up. Pause returned to training last week but the club felt it was too early in his recovery to insert him into competition against Sporting Kansas City.

Training Notes - Kinney out, Pause returns

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The Fire are looking to register their elusive first goal and points of the 2013 campaign when they take on Sporting Kansas City in a Saturday matinee match on NBC Sports. The club's slow start has left fans disappointed and wondering where the spark is that helped them qualify for the 2012 playoffs while establishing a franchise record of 17 wins in a season.

The Rest

Fire notebook - Pause on new role, LaBrocca signs, Kaminski plays, and more on CB's

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It didn't take much thought for Logan Pause to answer a question about whether he preferred the front office or the field."Yes. Absolutely," said Pause of his preference for the bench following training earlier this week. Pause is the last link remaining on the first team to the club's most recent successes but he did have a transition to make after his retirement as a player.

Fire coaching staff set - Pause, Mitrovic officially named as assistants

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Veljko Paunovic's assistant coaches will include Logan Pause and two members of his staff while with the Serbian U20 program. Marko Mitrovic and goalkeeper's coach Aleksandar Saric round out the match day technical staff. Jordan Webb has been named as the new strength and conditioning coach. Mitrovic's 14 year career as a midfielder in Serbia, Hungary, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan was followed by an assistant's position in the Serbian first division with FK Banat.

Who Is The Next Chicago Fire Coach?

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Does Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez's upcoming coaching decision dwarf the rest on the organization's needs?

New Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez speaks to the press for the first time officially thisSunday. Media speculatesthat a great deal of this conversation revolves around choosing a coach for the 2015 season.

Fire 2 Dynamo 1 - recap and ratings

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The Fire were able to win their last match of the 2014 season and send Logan Pause into retirement with a victory. Florent Sinama-Pongolle's 91st minute goal provided the difference in what was only the Fire's fourth home victory this year. The result of a match between two clubs eliminated from playoff competition was inconsequential as it relates to the standings but it did provide a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season.

Pause calls it a career after 12 seasons with the Fire

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It's not often that professional soccer players can say they have spent their entire careers wearing the colors of just one club. The Fire drafted Logan Pause with 24th overall pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft and 11 years later he's retiring from the only team he's ever played for as a pro. In his rookie season he made 21 appearances on a team that won the Supporter's Shield and the US Open Cup while learning from the likes of Chris Armas and Jesse Marsch.

Rios move not in the cards

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Rumors out of Italy and South America have floated about recently regarding the Fire's interest in midfielder Arévalo Rios. A report today went so far as to claim a deal was imminent and suggested that Rios' agent was in Italy working out the details to complete a move to MLS. While the Fire have expressed some past interest in Rios it seems that a move is not in the making.

Stumptown Fantasy League Update

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Good news is that our head to head league still has the number one global leader in it. The bad news is I got hammered last week. Here is some important information to remember:

  • Transfer moves need to be completed by 9:15 AM on Mach 16th,
  • 3 Free transfers this week (at least that is how many I got)
  • The Vancouver Whitecaps have a bye this week
  • Check the injury report for any of your players (I forgot to check and missed that Logan Pause was injured!