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


Fire Loan Doody and Conner to Saint Louis

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The following is a press release from Saint Louis FC of the USL. ST. LOUIS (March 25, 2016) – The Chicago Fire have loaned Patrick Doody and Drew Conner to Saint Louis FC. Doody, a mainstay on the backline for Saint Louis FC in 2015, accumulated 1,654 minutes, started 18 of 21 matches and assisted […] READ MORE


The Best and Worst of the MLS Jersey Week Era: TWC

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Without any real degree of organization, and with a much larger timeframe (the Chicago Fire released their new home kit on January 25, the Colorado Rapids didn't unveil theirs until March 3), this year’s jersey releases were from a buzz perspective underwhelming. So instead of evaluating this year's crop o' kits, I’m taking you back in time through three seasons (2013-2015) of Jersey Week releases, highlighting the best and worst of the jerseys released during the event. Jerseys that were released at other points in those calendar years won’t be included in this step into the time capsule. So shout out to the 2013-2014 LA Galaxy third jersey for being a dynamite shirt, but it and other midseason drops won’t be considered. 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


Columbus Crew SC Looks To Reverse Early Season Slump in Chicago

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Needless to say, it’s been a harrowing opening to the season for Columbus Crew SC. First came a second straight 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers. This one came on Portland’s home turf a mere three months after they won MLS Cup in Columbus by the same scoreline. A week later, the sense of optimism […] 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


I’m On Fire: NYCFC v Chicago, part 1

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(Editorial) – There were songs. There were chants. There were tears and fears and the gnashing of teeth. The name of the referee, the city of Chicago and even the good Lord himself was taken in vain. There were television cameras and klieg lights and beer and wings and a mighty good craic at the […] READ MORE


Final Thoughts: Four Predictions for the 2016 MLS Season

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The 2015 MLS season was a special one, to say the least. The league beautifully re-branded their image with a sleek new crest in honor of the 20th season, newcomer Sebastian Giovinco put up some eye-popping numbers on his way to winning the Landon Donovan MVP Award, and the debut of Decision Day along with […] 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