Stoking the Flames: Chicago Fire beat Philadelphia on Matchday 4

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After four matches, the Chicago Fire have posted their first win of the 2016 season.  A goal from Kennedy Igboananike was enough and the Fire beat Philadelphia Union in wintry, windy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park.  Veljko Paunovic will be able to breathe a little easier after earning his first victory in Chicago.  More importantly, Chicago earned […] READ MORE


Stoking the Flames: Chicago Fire Matchday 3

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The Chicago Fire played their arch-rivals from Columbus to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon in Bridgeview.  While the game was far from entertaining, it was a positive step for Chicago to earn a clean sheet and shut down Kei Kamara (the forward had 0 shots).  The Fire’s offense was anemic, however, and they were […] READ MORE


Stoking the Flames: Chicago Fire Week 1

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The 2016 Major League Soccer season kicked off last Sunday with a full slate of matches. Chicago Fire SC played two games in the first week of the season – their home opener against New York City FC was followed by a Viernes de Futbol matchup at the Citrus Bowl against Orlando City. Chicago lost […] READ MORE


Simple Planning: Chicago Fire Preseason Recap

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The Veljko Paunovic era is officially in full swing.  A tumultuous pre-season featured some of everything: trialists, controversial trades, surprising standout players, even a trophy.  The only thing not featured this pre-season for the Chicago Fire was a loss.  And that’s just fine with everybody involved. Much has been written about the results, and the […] READ MORE


CCL Quarterfinals: Leg 2 Preview

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Last week’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals were mostly entertaining affairs and were evenly matched.  The Seattle Sounders – Club America and the Tigres – Real Salt Lake matches were particularly entertaining to watch.  However, results did not go in favor of any of the teams from Major League Soccer.  As the second legs of the […] READ MORE


CCL Quarterfinal Preview

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Listen up: All you MLS fans in soccer withdrawal and all you Liga MX fans who are ready for a little early season cup action, your time has come. The quarterfinals of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League are upon us.  The three-team groups of CCL have brought forth what they were designed to bring forth: […] READ MORE


The Case for Trading Harry Shipp

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Chicago Fire fans were shocked this morning when news broke of a trade.  A big trade.  A trade that will polarize and divide many supporters.  Harry Shipp has been dealt to l’Impact de Montreal for General Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money.  Unfortunately, due to Major League Soccer’s opaque rules, it is impossible to get […] READ MORE


Chicago Fire Need Attacking Depth

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The Chicago Fire are well into their preseason, having defeated the University of South Florida 3-0 last weekend.  Early signs are looking good – the Fire played well out of the back, attacked the Bulls repeatedly, and held most of the possession.  This is to be expected against a college squad, but many of Chicago’s […] READ MORE


Chicago Fire Depth Chart: First Look

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The Chicago Fire opened preseason yesterday at the PrivateBank Fire Pitch on the north side of the city.  The event was well covered by numerous  media outlets  and  early impressions have been good. Their new home jersey was unveiled, featuring the white stripe which supporters have been begging for. Veljko Paunovic appeared to be an engaging, […] READ MORE


A Holiday Wish List for Chicago Fire Fans

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Holiday traditions vary by family, religion, and culture. For many of us, the end of each year is a time to reflect on the passage of time, reconnect with family and friends, and eat and drink perhaps a bit more than is needed. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, December is a time for gift giving. In […] READ MORE