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Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire

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As the season winds down, the Union face a battered but talented Chicago Fire. Learn all you need to know with Nick Fishman's match preview.

Fire v Union match preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Performing to expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated conference bottom dwellers DC United 3-0 at Toyota Park. A frustrating opening twenty minutes quickly turned into a dominating performance by the home side.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 27

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MLS was back with a full slate of matches this weekend as we learned the first playoff team of the year and saw a couple late goals.

Nemanja Nikolic finally scored again for Chicago Fire, but his goal was cancelled out by Bradley Wright-Phillips as New York Red Bulls earn a 1-1 home draw. (READ)

Toronto FC became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a domination 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, complete with a pair of goals from Jozy Altidore.

Accam hat trick powers Fire past Orlando City

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It was David Accam's match. Everyone else was just along for the ride.

The Ghanaian winger easily had the best game of his MLS career by netting his first ever hat trick to go along with an assist. He was involved in all four Chicago Fire goals as they cruised past a tired Orlando City team 4-0 in front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Park.

Nine-Man Orlando Keep Fire in Check

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The Chicago Fire had a superb opportunity to grab three very valuable away points on Sunday night, but failed to find a way to break down a closely packed Orlando City defense and had to settle for a share of the spoils after a 0:0 draw. The home side went down to ten men when Rafael Ramos was sent off in the 26th minute after a clash with Brandon Vincent.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

Can Anyone Stop Nikolic?

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Chicago Fire striker Nemanja Nikolic continued his torrid form on Wednesday, notching two goals in the Fire's 3:0 wipeout of the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park. The victory kept the Fire undefeated at home this season. Overall, the Fire have 18 points from their 11 matches and they are unquestionably on a roll.

Fire v DC United match preview

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What Are They All About? DC United

The run continues. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire overcame another hurdle in their busy week of soccer by defeating a lackluster Colorado Rapids side 3-0 at Toyota Park. They came out with a winning mentality and pressed from the start as Nemanja Nikolic reiterated his intent of becoming the Golden Boot winner by notching a goal in the fifteenth minute of the match.

Nikolic scores twice in Chicago Fire shutout Colorado

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Chicago (AFP) – MLS scoring leader Nemanja Nikolic scored twice as the Chicago Fire routed the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Wednesday at Toyota Stadium.

Midfielder David Accam also scored for the Fire who improved to 5-3-3 and have outscored their two opponents 7-1 in the last four days.

“The Smiles Are Back in Bridgeview …”

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Those were the words of Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic following his team's 4:1 demolition of the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Park on Saturday. Nemanja Nikolic tallied two goals and an assist, while David Accam notched a goal and an assist. The Fire and Sounders engaged in a back-and-forth scrap in the first half and the Fire exploded for three goals after the break, as Chicago won the game in style.

Nikolic, Schweinsteiger Lead Evisceration of Revs

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The Chicago Fire extended their unbeaten run to three matches on the heels of a dominant 3:0 victory over the New England Revolution at Toyota Park on Saturday. The Fire treated the Revs the way a dog treats a fire hydrant, and made them like it. Nemanja Nikolic scored twice to complement Bastian Schweinsteiger's opener, as the Fire climbed to third place in the MLS Eastern Conference.

Fire v Revolution match preview

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What Are They All About? New England Revolution

Dare they believe? This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Columbus Crew SC 1-0 on the back of a Nemanja Nikolic goal and what appeared to be a strong tactical display. A formation change, organizational fortitude, and an air of confidence saw them across the line in more ways than one with Chicago finding themselves in fourth place at the end of the week's matches.

Fire Get the Job Done in Home Opener vs RSL

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The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

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What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake

A point is a point is a point is a point. The Chicago Fire rebounded from a lackadaisical first half against Columbus Crew SC this past weekend to dominate the second half and leave Ohio with a draw. David Accam opened his account for the season in the 73rd minute while Nemanja Nikolic showed his quality, but just missed out on etching his name onto the score sheet.

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.

Fire v Union preseason preview

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What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union

Sweet, sweet victory! This past Saturday the Chicago Fire defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 1-0 with a debut goal from Nemanja Nikolic. Aside from building fitness, experimenting with formations, and getting an immediate return on their investment in the Hungarian, Chicago was able to trot out a few trialists as they look to fill out the roster before the MLS season begins.

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MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 18

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The best team in MLS continues its fantastic season, a home unbeaten streak stayed in tact and a few struggling teams rebounded with wins at home.

New York City FC cruised past Minnesota United en route to a 3-0 win. (READ)

Will Johnson's goal lifted Orlando City to a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 15

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The international schedule provided an abbreviated week of MLS action with only three games for the entire weekend.

First, the Chicago Fire extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-0 win over Atlanta United thanks to goals from Luis Solignac and Nemanja Nikolic.

MLS Scores: Chicago and Portland win at home

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The abbreviated MLS schedule saw six teams in action on Saturday due to the international break. Chicago extended their home winning streak to six games, shutting out Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. Luis Solignac scored in the 29th with Nemanja Nikolic converting a penalty in the 70th minute.

Around The Forest: Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic named MLS player of the week

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News on USMNT John Brooks, Will Bruin, Cristiano Ronaldo and more!

Portland:

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Fire's Nemanja Nikolic named MLS Player of the Month | CSN Chicago
With six goals and an assist in May, Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic was named the MLS Player of the Month.

Match Preview: New York City FC vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union travel to Yankee Stadium looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat earlier in the season. Can Jim Curtin find scoring depth? Will the back line contain David Villa? PSP gets you ready for Saturday's match against NYCFC.

Major League Soccer roundup, Real Madrid wins La Liga title: Brotherly Game Daily Links 5/22/17

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Monday's always better after a win and some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Quick Hits from Jim Curtin's Union vs. Colorado Post-Game Press Conference
Some thoughts from Coach Curtin.

What We Learned: Plata predictable in 1-0 RSL loss
Union face Real Salt Lake in their next match, here's how they did in their last match.

D.C. United vs. Chicago player ratings form

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Seeing where the bottom is on this group.

D.C. United was trying to salvage something in their match with the Chicago Fire, who are breaking in their shiny Designated Players nicely in Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nemanja Nikolic were looking for their first road win in a gajillion years. And they got their win in a quiet, convincing 1-0 fashion.

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 12

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A handful of league matches took place on Wednesday as week 12 in MLS kicked off with some midweek action.

The Philadelphia Union continued to cruise as Fafa Picault and Chris Pontius led the hosts to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. (READ)

Nemanja Nikolic continued his hot streak as his brace plus David Accam's goal gave the Chicago Fire a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 9 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 9 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. Dax McCarty Returns To New York

Dax McCarty made his first trip back to Red Bull Arena as a member of the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon, and a fantastic Red Bulls crowd of almost 23,000 gave him a hero’s welcome.

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.

More MLS Predictions

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Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth

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Unbeaten Run Reaches an Incredible 9 Matches

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It was a night of visceral dominance on Saturday at Toyota Park by a Chicago Fire side that came out hungry and did not stop until visiting Orlando City SC had been beaten to a pulp. No Fire player was more dominant than winger David Accam, who scored three times, to go along with an assist in a 4:0 rout.

Revolution vs. Fire: Storylines to follow in week 16

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Can the Revs stop Nemanja Nikolic? That, and three other headlines to track.

Two weeks removed from a 3-0 win over east-leading Toronto FC, the Revolution welcome the Fire to Gillette Stadium for a Saturday evening contest. Here are four storylines to follow ahead of the match:

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Fire 2 Impact 2 - recap and ratings

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The excitement of Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal scoring debut was tempered by an all too familiar sight at Toyota Park. The Fire squandered and early lead and failed to put away an opponent that they should have been able to beat at home. Over the last several seasons, they have blown countless opportunities at home while not being able to accumulate points against teams playing at considerably less than full strength.

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Fantasy Focus: Livin’ la Villa loca

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David at the double

With a scorching 121 points, We Takes the Money led the league this round. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.3) led the team with 36 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him was the duo of Romain Alessandrini (LA, $10.3) and Nemanja Nikolic (CHI, $10.5), each of whom tallied a goal and an assist for 12 points.

Fire 2 Real Salt Lake 0 - recap and ratings

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In recent past seasons, sure victories against wounded or struggling opponents have been hard to come by for the Chicago Fire. Countless late and sometimes fluky goalscombined with subpar performances turned many home contests into a study in frustration. Perhaps the tables are starting to turn somewhat.

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Fire 1 Red Bulls 1 - recap and ratings

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A 1-1 draw at home against the fifth place team in the conference isn't exactly a sign that things are still on the upswing for the Fire. Neither the Fire, nor the Red Bulls played particularly well on either side of the ball and the result was probably a fair one although Fire players and staff seemed content with the point.

US draws Panama in the Gold Cup opener, Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United: Brotherly Game Daily Links 7/9/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Two gambles paying off for Union back line
Poorly timed injuries forced the Philadelphia Union deep into their depth chart early. After taking a chance on both a new and old face, its paying off.

MLS News

Fire linked with attacking midfielder Juan Quintero
Chicago leading race for Colombian international

Nemanja Nikolic makes himself at home in Chicago
Nemanja Nikolic expected that coming to America meant he'd have an adjustment period.

Portland Timbers Winless in Five as They Draw Chicago Fire 2-2

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Even at home the Timbers can not find three points, finishing tonight's match against the Chicago Fire in a 2-2 that saw the side control much of the match but give up two harsh goals en route to their fifth straight match without a win.

The Timbers struck first, opening the scoring in the 24th minute.

Fire out of USOC after PK loss to FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt turned in a remarkable performance in his club's victory over the Fire in front of the second largest crowd in US Open Cup history. 32,287 fans saw Hildebrandt come up big at least twice in the first half, several times in the second half, and again in extra time before denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez, and Juninho on penalty kicks.

Revolution 1, Fire 2: Revs' home unbeaten run snapped at 12

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Antonio Delamea's goal wasn't enough as the Revs fall 2-1 to the Fire.

The New England Revolution saw their 12-game home unbeaten run come to an end on Saturday, as they suffered a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire.

The visitors got things going in the 18th minute with clever movement that clearly came from the training ground.

Toothless D.C. United shut out at home again, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire

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David Accam dominated as United's scoreless streak moved beyond 300 minutes

D.C. United once again disappointed their home fans, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire and barely ever carving out chances. David Accam's 52nd minute goal made the difference, but in truth Chicago - despite having played mid-week - could have won by more if not for saves from Bill Hamid and misses from MLS top scorer Nemanja Nikolic.

Fire v Crew match preview and season predictions

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The season is finally here. After the match preview, have a look at the Fire Confidential crew's season predictions.

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew SC

It's finally here! After going undefeated in preseason, the Chicago Fire will face their first real challenge of 2017 as they take on Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at 1 p.

Fire beat TFC 4-1, finish preseason undefeated at 6-0

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The past few preseasons have provided false hope by way of positive exhibition results coming into league play, but this 6-0-0 run from the Fire has a slightly different feel to it. This version of the Fire concluded training camp with its most impressive result so far, a 4-1 defeat of defending Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC.