Mike Magee

Chicago Fire

Breakdown: Fire at Toronto

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Michael Bradley owned the ball (torontosun.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat..

Timing is everything.

The last time the Fire and Toronto FC met, the Fire faithful left Toyota Park cold, wet and feeling like this.

Breakdown: Fire at Impact, Game 2

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I got your "Opa" right here (mlssoccer.com & tsn2)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's debacle north of the border...

Upon learningthe Fire gave all three points to the last place Impact, (I was in Wisconsinvisiting family) most figuremy reaction would be this.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Crew

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"Ouch! That hurts!" (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire'smarch towards 16...

Much to the chagrin of many of the Fire faithful, the Men In Red gained their 13th draw in 21 attempts for a 62% draw percentage.

As frustrating at this may be on the surface, this was the Fire's second game in four nights, while the Crew had the week off.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Whitecaps

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Quincy watching a different game than anyone else (www.theprovince.com)

T.J. Zaremba breaks down the Fire's latest step in theirmarch toward the league record in draws...

The result of Wednesday night's game between the Fire and Whitecaps was never in question. It was going to be a tie.

Fire, Whitecaps settle for scoreless draw

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire have been all too familiar with tying this season, and they both did so againon Wednesday.

The Whitecaps and Fire settled for a scoreless draw at Toyota Park on Wednesday night in a game that saw very few scoring chances.

Postmortem: Chicago Fire (1) at San Jose Earthquakes (5)

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Mike Magee in yet another middling-to-poor performance (Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey asks "Then why are your having fun for?" after a 5-1 loss to San Jose...

A postmatch should have analysis and critique, calling out the poor and highlighting the well played.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Union, Game 2

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One Point! Of course we always get one point! (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zarembatries to find somethingto take away from another lackluster Chicago Fire draw...

After a gritty win on the road last Saturday in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Fire returned to their "Kings of the Draw" form on Saturday night with another uninspiring performance against the Philadelphia Union.

Opposite View: Three questions with Hot Time In Old Town

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This week we sit down with Sean Spence from Hot Time In Old Town, SBN's Chicago Fire blog and talk about one of the teams with whom we are battling for a spot in the playoffs.

tBG) The Chicago Fire on paper are a solid team, with players like Sean Johnson, Bakary Soumare, and Mike Magee.

Mike Magee’s Day Off

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This happens to be one of the many reasons why I love Major League Soccer. Clever spoof of a favorite movie of mine too.

Breakdown: Fire at New England

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Winning is so much better than drawing (chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba dissectsan ugly, but necessary, road win by the Men In Red

After going over 1107 days without a win on an artificial surface, the Chicago Fire won their second inside of a week on Saturday night with a 1-0 over the New England Revolution in suburban Boston.

Amarikwa’s Early Goal Sinks Revs 1-0

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Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – An early strike from Quincy Amarikwa marked the difference as the Chicago Fire topped the New England Revolution 1-0 on Saturday night in Foxboro.

A turnover by the New England Revolution, combined with a chipped through ball from Mike Magee gave Amarikwa a breakaway chance in the third minute which he didn't miss, and which turned out to be the only goal in the match.

OTF Rountable: Chicago Fire Week 18

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Sean J under siege in KC (chicago-fire.com)

Play for the draw? It's a mixed bag from the Roundtable this week...

To begin on a positive note, well done to the Men in Red for their 3-1 victory in Atlanta over the Silverbacks on Wednesday night in U.S. Open Cup play.

Breakdown: Fire at Sporting Kansas City

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Graham Zusi dominates, but Sporting KC drops two points to the Fire (kansascity.com)

T.J. Zaremba dissectsanother one point pick up for the Fire.

On the surface, the Chicago Fire tying another game is not news worthy. After all, they are the "Kings of the Draw".

But, considering Sporting KC is number two in the East, did not have a midweek game, returned US International Graham Zusi to their 18and were in front of their fans at Sporting Park, I conclude the Fire took a point instead of dropping two.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (1) at Sporting Kansas City (1)

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Section 8 making the trip to Kansas (photo credit: Nick Tre. Smith from Sporting Kansas City Facebook page)

OTF contributor Daniel Casey tries to shake the doldrums after Chicago Fire draw once more...

Some were concernedthe World Cup break would leave many and most MLS sides needing to shake off cobwebs.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: No Passion in Kansas City

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Papa explaining why draws are bullshit. (photo: theredlist.com)

A frustrating day in Kansas City, but any day at the fights is a good one for Ernest Hemingway. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from Papa...

We were sitting in the blue stands on the north bank of the arena and I was already tired of Cohn.

SBI Sunday Rewind: Sporting KC, Fire draw; Adu goes on trial with AZ; and more

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By DAN KARELL

On a World Cup rest day, Major League Soccer continued, with the defending champions returning home to take on the Chicago Fire. In hot and humid conditions, neither team was able to find the final breakthrough as both sides settled for a 1-1 draw. Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer scored the opener in the 33rd minute when he took advantage of a poor mistake by Patrick Ianni and finished one-on-one with Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Dwyer, Magee score in 1-1 draw at sweltering Sporting Park

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: Fishing With Jhon

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What? You thought I was going to a soccer match? (photo: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library)

It was an ugly, ominous day, but our correspondent Ernest Hemingway made the most of it. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest from Papa...

In the spring we went to Colorado, for the fishing was very fine and the mountains were cool even on the hottest days.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. LA Galaxy

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There will be handshakes and pleasantries between these two on Sunday, but not goals between them (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF's Jon Denham hopes the Men In Red can remain focused during a busy time, while Josh Guesman brings the intel on los Galacticos...

There'sso much going on.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 12

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Have you grown weary of scenes like this? (photo: dispatch.com)

It's still early, but the Roundtable ponders a question many answered before First Kick...

Eleven games in, at 2-3-6 and looking at the roster, is 2014 already a rebuilding year for Chicago Fire?

Brendan Carr

There are not many positives to take away from this season, so far.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: The Battle of Columbus

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It doesn't look good from here. (photo: jfklibrary.org)

Columbus was all hell. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from our correspondent in the field, Ernest Hemingway...

That night we lay under the green fly of the medical tent and listened to the cannons outside, for the Argentine mercenary Higuain was attacking again and the column was close to breaking.

Must-See Tweet: Mike Magee

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By IVES GALARCEP

There were thousands of tweets dedicated to Landon Donovan breaking the MLS goal-scoring record on Sunday, but none was quite as perfect as Mike Magee's.

The reigning MLS MVP delivered a tweet that both supported his good friend and former teammate, and also served as the perfect parody of the infamous anti-Donovan tweet levied by Jon Klinsmann, son of U.

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew

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Mike Magee and strike partner Quincy Amarikwa will take their attack to another depleted back line on Saturday (Photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF'sJon Denham believes there are points to be taken from the road trip to Ohio, and Larry W. Johnson thinks his Crew are ripe for the picking..

Chicago Fire Power Rankings: MLS Round 11

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Each week, OTF Editor-in-Chief Scott Fenwick visits with the MLS pundits to see how they rate and rank our Men in Red...

HIT THE MUSIC!!! Aggregate = 12.5/19 ( +2.6 from last week) Fansided (5)

"Last week, it was Harrison Shipp that turned the tide for Frank Yallop's Chicago Fire.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 11

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Weapon Q creates PKs too (photo: golazo.com)

The Roundtable ponders whether Chicago Fire is better than their record shows...

After the Red Bull win a couple of weeks ago, New Jersey fans took to Twitter to lament their team's astounding loss to the Fire (The Fire?!) at Red Bull Arena.

Breakdown: Fire vs. Sporting KC

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Back in PanenKa form (photo: chicago-fire.com)

T.J. Zaremba wades through the muck of Chicago Fire's ugly win over Screamin' Pete's Sporting Club...

The Men In Red are one late game meltdown versus Real Salt Lake from having taken nine points from last season's top three MLS teams in their last three games.

Dispatch: Chicago Fire (2) vs. Sporting Kansas City (1)

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"I'm telling ya, kid: you'n' me could go places..." (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF's Alex White looks back at the Fire's pleasantly puzzling newstreak—a winning one...

Sunday was a busy sports day in Chicago. Both the Cubs and Blackhawks threw out the first pitch and droppedthe puck, respectively, while the Fire were kicking it around at home too.

Match Day 11: Who Needs Center Backs?

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Sporting Kansas City continue their busy stretch of games tomorrow when they'll take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. KC will be playing their third game in a little over the week, and will be doing so short handed with injuries and call ups playing their role in leaving KC short handed.

The Chicago Fire come into tomorrow's game having picked up their first win of the season last week in New York as they defeated the Red Bulls 5-4 thanks to a hattrick from Harry Shipp.

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.

Breakdown: Fire at Red Bulls

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Let it all hang out, kid. (photo: chicagotribune.com)

T.J. Zaremba brings the heat (maps) behind Chicago's first three-pointer of 2014...

The biggest take away from the Men in Red and Blue's victory in Jersey is the soccer gods hated the Red Bulls more than the Fire, at least for this week.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week Nine

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The gaffer unfiltered (image: youtube.com)

Back from break, the Roundtable looks at some Frank Yallop tape...

This week's Roundtable homework? Watch what follows and read the boys' two cents...

Brendan Carr

"It was piss poor defending." That was the nicest thing Frank could have said.

Breakdown: Fire vs. RSL

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Dread submission (desert news.com)

T.J. Zaremba has fun with heat maps, despite last Saturday's result...

In making my prediction for the Fire's matchup versus Real Salt Lake, I optimistically predicted a draw. The Men in Red had been able to draw against just about everyone during the campaign so far, thus I held an inkling of hope.

Frank Yallop

As Fire prep for USOC semi-final it may be time forget about Jermaine Jones

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The Fire will have an opportunity to reach the seventh US Open Final in club history but they'll have to beat a team they have yet to defeat in any competition. Since coming into the league in 2009 the Fire are 0-7-3 against Seattle including a loss in 2011's US Open Cup Final. If the Fire are to reach a seventh USOC Final they'll have to do it without Mike Magee who is unavailable due to a red card ejection in the quarter final game against Atlanta.

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.

USOC match day - Fire v Riverhounds

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Expect the Fire to field a strong side against USL-Pro's Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The visitors feature former Fire bust Collins John and ex-MLS players Joseph Ngwenya and Danny Earls but they currently sit at the bottom of the USL table with a 1-7-5 record. Frank Yallop will have a full squad at his disposal with the exception of Patrick Nyarko and Gonzalo Segares, who both underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in their ankles over the last few weeks.

Quincy Amarikwa

Fire down Crew 4-2, advance to USOC quarterfinals

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A brace from Juan Luis Anangono kept the Fire alive and in the hunt for a fifth US Open Cup championship. The Ecuadorian forward replaced Mike Magee in the 77th minute after Magee suffered an ankle injury forcing him out of the match. After a dominant first half in which the Fire controlled the match but only managed to come away with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Patrick Ianni goal scored from a Harry Shipp free kick, the visitors turned the tables in the second act and took a 2-1 lead before Anangono tied it in the 83rd, forcing overtime.

Fire down Pittsburgh, advance in US Open Cup

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A downpour combined with lightning in the area delayed kick off for almost two hours and another storm stopped play 4 minutes in the second half. The second delay was enough for US Soccer and match officials to declare Chicago victorious with a 2-1 lead and no apparent chance to resume the match. After a sluggish start from both teams, Grant Ward put the Fire on top in the 22nd minute after taking a pass from Quincy Amarikwa following a good build up.

The Rest

“Statement game:” Recaps & reaction to win over NYRB, Pfeffer scores again, MLS results, more

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Recaps and reaction from the Union's big win over Red Bulls. Zach Pfeffer scores again for US U-20s. League results. USA news. More.

Midseason Watch: What Each MLS Side Needs As The Summer Transfer Window Opens

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It seems silly to think it but we're already halfway into the 2014 season. The summer transfer window is about to open up for the 19 MLS teams and the playoffs are just a few short months away from kicking off. Yes, it is all happening this quickly.

So what do each club need to do this summer in order to get to the MLS promise land?