Michael de Leeuw

Brandon Vincent

Fire and Crew Share the Points in Opening Game Tug-of-War

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Both the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew come into 2017 looking to turn a page and forget about their respective dismal 2016 campaigns. They squared off on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in the season opener on a chilly afternoon and battled to a 1:1 draw. Based on the soccer on display it's unlikely that either side learned much about whether 2017 will bring more joy than 2016 did, but both teams have a lot of work ahead if they want to be competitive.

Revolution 1, Fire 2: Playoff hopes dim as the Revs lose to the Fire

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The Revs lose to the Chicago Fire, who are last in the East.

The New England Revolution's quest to earn a playoff spot became much more difficult on Sunday, as the team lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire.

Chicago grabbed the game's opening goal after just nine minutes. Brandon Vincent was the catalyst, as he combined with David Accam before hitting a cross from the left flank.

Fire Eradicates Revs Playoff Hopes

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The New England Revolution needed a win and some help on Sunday to keep a realistic hope of a playoff spot alive. The Revolution got the help they needed from other results, but couldn't take care of business themselves, falling 2-1 to the last place Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.

Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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We spoke with Jeff Englehardt of Hot Time In Old Town, SB Nation's Chicago Fire blog, about the upcoming match between the Fire and the Union.

Locria Nyla, Brotherly Game reader) Do you think Nelson Rodriguez and Veljko Paunovic are doing a good job of rebuilding?

Toronto FC

Fire down FC Cincinnati 3-2, remain undefeated in preseason

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Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.

3 Things About the Fire’s Loss to TFC

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The Chicago Fire went down 2:1 to Toronto FC last Saturday in disappointing fashion. Here are three thoughts about how the game went and what could have gone differently for the Fire.
The Fire continue to battle

Yes, the Fire are still mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference standings.

Philadelphia Union

Match report: Philadelphia Union 0-1 Chicago Fire

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Michael de Leeuw scored the lone goal to drop the Union in a closed door scrimmage in Bradenton, Florida.

Match Recap: Chicago Fire beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 in windy Florida friendly

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Fans got their first look at the 2017 Union as they laced up against the Fire in a friendly matinee.

The Chicago Fire brought the wind with them and swept away the Union with a 1-0 victory in Florida. The lone goal came in the 56th minute when a cross by Nemanja Nikolic found the head of Michael de Leeuw.

Postgame quotes: Fire 3-0 Union

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Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Keegan Rosenberry, and Fabian Herbers.

Fine lines, rivalries, Vote Blake, locals in USOC 2nd round tonight, more news

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Union news. Vote Andre Blake! Locals in US Open Cup second round play tonight. More news.

Chicago Fire sign de Leeuw, Philadelphia Union receive Allocation money

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1.Add player to Discovery List, 2. ?????, 3. Profit

The Philadelphia Union may not be able to cash in on Zlatan Ibrahimovic should he come to MLS, but that hasn't stopped the team from profiting from the Discovery process altogether. Michael de Leeuw was one of a number of player shown in the picture of the Union's supposed Discovery List last week.

Fire finally add Michael de Leeuw

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After months of pursuit the Fire have finally announced the signing of Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw. FC Groningen's leading scorer this past season scored 9 times and added 2 assists over 29 Eredivisie contests. He is the Dutch league's second leading goal scorer over the last five seasons with 56 tallies over that span.

Perspective, red cards, Panama Papers, more

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Union perspective. Power rankings. Red cards. Panama Papers fallout. More news.

Union draw with DC, other Union bits, BSFC acquires forward, league news, more

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Le Toux scores but DC comes back for 1-1 draw. Bethlehem acquires Corey Burke on loan. Too many Uniteds? More news

Chicago Fire

Fire top Strikers to reach U.S. Open Cup semifinals

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Staring down a charging David Accam is not a pleasant position to be in, as two members of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers found out Wednesday night.

Accam's driving runs createdtwo first-half goals – scoring one and assisting on the other – as theChicago Fire beat Fort Lauderdale, 3-0, in the quarterfinals of the U.

Fire's De Leeuw shows promise in home debut

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Michael de Leeuw may not score an easier goal thanthe one with which he opened his MLS account on Wednesday night, and the Chicago Fire's most recent signing seemed to know as much.

"If you can score in your first home game that's always great," de Leeuw said afterward.

Fire beat Sporting KC on De Leeuw's first MLS goal

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.

Fire hopeful forward De Leeuw can make instant impact

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire unveiled their newest international forward on Tuesday with a press conference and photo op at Toyota Park, but general manager Nelson Rodriguez was quick to dissuade any notion that Michael de Leeuw will be a cure-allfor the last-place club, whichhas scored fewer goals than any other in Major League Soccer this season.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Wallace, Flamini and more

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Following the club's first win, the Chicago Fire are nearing the return of one of their best attacking options.

Fire forward David Accam is in the "final phase of recovery" according to head coach Veljko Paunovic. The 25-year-old Ghanaian striker has been recovering from a knee sprain.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Higuita, Red Bulls and more

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In wake of the Chicago Fire's most recent trade, a replacement for Harry Shipp may reportedly be coming from the top Dutch league.

The Fire are reportedly interested in acquiring 29-year-old midfielder Michael de Leeuw, who currently plays for FC Groningen. He has scored six goals so far during the 2015-16 Eredivisie season, but the Fire would reportedly need to negotiate with the Philadelphia Union over his Discover rights.

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Road Futility Continues for Fire

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After the Chicago's Fire's woeful performance versus the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Good Park on Saturday, it was quite clear that July 9 cannot arrive fast enough. That is the first match for which new signing Michael de Leeuw will be eligible, and his goalscoring prowess is sorely needed to spark what has been primarily a moribund attack for the last-place Fire.

Fire officially add Thiam via loan deal

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The arrival of Khaly Thiam in Chicago adds another midfield option for Veljko Paunovic. Thiam has been acquired on loan from Hungarian side MTK Budapest but in similar fashion to another Fire target, Michael de Leeuw, a competing MLS club held his Discovery Rights. In exchange for that, Chicago sent a conditional 2017 second round SuperDraft pick to the Columbus Crew.

The Rest

Fire notebook - USOC, MLSPU salaries

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The draw for third and fourth round US Open Cup match-ups took place this morning. The Fire will face the winner of the June 1 third round game between USL's Louisville City FC and NASL's Indy Eleven. Should Indy Eleven win that match they will face the Fire at Toyota Park on June 15. A meaningful contest against a Peter Wilt-affiliated team will certainly draw some interest.

Red Bulls 1 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

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David Accam returned to starting line-up, Sean Johnson was back in goal, and the Fire even registered two shots on goal but that wasn't enough to overcome one mistake in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls. A 30th consecutive road match without a win continues to tack on to an already dubious MLS record and the Fire are off to their worst start after ten games in team history.