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Chicago Fire 2013 Season Preview

Trades are fun. I love trades. I was essentially frozen out of fantasy baseball in college because I was too much of a wheeler and dealer—and not in a savvy way, in a sloppy QPR kind of way—annoying everyone via email. Point is, I like to see movement, to see teams actively improving themselves. In […]

Chicago Fire Off-Season Round-Up

Every MLS team this season has seen a significant change in personal on the pitch, on the bench, or in the front office. Such is the beauty of the off-season. Soccer, more than any other sport, is constant changing; its mutability and fluidity is one of the great attractions of the sport. The Chicago Fire […]

Chicago’s Canadian Gauntlet

The Chicago Fire look to solidify their place near the top of the Eastern Conference with week by earning victories against two-thirds of the MLS’s Canadian teams. Part one of Chicago’s Canadian gauntlet is over. Wednesday night saw the Fire easily dismiss should-be relegated Toronto FC 2-1. The win isn’t a surprise. Unfortunately, playing Toronto […]

Chicago Looks to Set the Record Straight

There’s something inherently infuriating about MLS’s Power Rankings. The entirely arbitrary ‘rankings,’ which seem to be designed to appeal to the inchoate and quixotic logic used by college football fanatics, come out weekly and only serve to provide a premise to berate the league. This last week’s rankings put San Jose, Kansas City, Houston, New […]

Turning the Page: Chicago’s Midseason Changes

These past few weeks for the Chicago Fire have been unpleasant. Not necessarily a roller-coaster, more like a constant sea-sickness. Performance-wise, July has been nothing but a headache. A draw in Houston was a positive but then a decisive loss to Los Angeles in Chicago erased any success, they team then bounced back with a […]

Off the Pitch Issues Threaten On the Pitch Success for Chicago

Chicago is one of the most in-form team in MLS right now having won their last three matches. Each win has been a unique performance showing the mental toughness of the squad. Friday’s 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City demonstrated that Chicago could put on a bunkering, defensive display on the road. Given the fact […]

Fire Visit SKC Under Real Friday Night Lights

A Friday Night Lights football match-up is an event, at least when it’s real football. There is no rivalry between Kansas City and Chicago, but every time these two meet you are guaranteed an excellent match. Form-wise, the advantage is in Chicago’s favor. Sporting Kansas City have drawn and lost their last two league games, […]

Fire Ready for Hard-Nosed Affair with Crew

Was it a tantrum or just the inevitable expression of frustration, a blowing off of steam that comes with being jerked around by front office suits over ones contract? It’s not quite clear. After the Fire’s biggest win of the season (3-1 thumping of New York which should have been a 4-1 thumping), playmaker Sebastian […]

Back to the Grind for Fire

Most summers, International breaks in MLS season are a dull and laborious affair. In a regular summer, we would be feeding off of scraps. You can try all you want, I’m never going to care about the USMNT. I know this puts me in the extreme minority of American soccer writers. But I really can’t […]

Fire Look to Rebound Against Revs

Saturday night’s match between Chicago and New England will be a maddening one. Both squads are coming off embarrassing US Open Cup defeats—the Fire in 120 minutes failing to rise up to the passion or quality of the Michigan Bucks and the Revolution switching off before the match was over, conceding three extra time goals, […]

Chicago Travels to Fire House East to Take on Crew

Every contest between Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew is an event. Maybe not for the rest of MLS, but it certainly is a rager for Crew and Fire supporters. For this first match up of three in the 2012 season, Chicago will travel to Columbus. Arriving ahead of the Fire will be over 600 of […]

Fire Win Back Brimstone Cup Under Controversy

Unlike most Chicago Fire supporters, I don’t care about the Brimstone Cup. I can say that now because FC Dallas has lost the cup for the first time since 2001, and Chicago has picked up its first win over Dallas in Toyota Park. Given the new unbalanced schedule this year in MLS, this will be […]

Chicago Win Against Chivas, Set To Face RSL

After two bye weeks in the first 5 weeks of the season, the Chicago Fire are experiencing their first crowded run of games in the month of May, as they prepare this week to wrap up 3 games in 8 days. While their Friday night match in Los Angeles against Chivas USA resulted in a 2-1 […]

Chicago Faces Chivas In Only Trip To LA This Season

Chicago travels to the City of Angels this week to face Chivas USA in their only trip to LA during the regular season. The Fire are still stinging from last weekend’s loss to Seattle Sounders, and will be without sophmore central defender Jalil Anibaba and head coach Frank Klopas, both suspended as a result of […]

Chicago Falls In A Tough Match Against Seattle

On what turned out to be a cool, but otherwise nearly perfect evening at Toyota Park, Chicago Fire welcomed Seattle Sounders to town as they celebrated their annual “Fire Goes Green” initiative. While it may have been coincidence that the Fire’s eco-friendly event coincided with bringing one of the only green teams in the league […]

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