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www.chicagonow.com May 18, 2018

Fire v Dynamo match preview

What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo Fragile at best. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost 3-0 on the road in Columbus against the Crew in what can only be described as a comprehensive demolition. Out shot, out possessed, and out coached, the Fire’s chances to rise above the red line for the first time this season disappeared into the Ohio air as Columbus claimed second in the East. The result exemplified the trajectory of both teams this season and was another rude awakening for Veljko Paunovic and Nelson Rodriguez. This Chicago side is not only incomplete, as they both have...
www.chicagonow.com May 13, 2018

Crew trounce Fire 3-0

The Fire were handled easily by the Columbus Crew, in what could have been the last visit to MAPFRE stadium. Without Bastian Schweinsteiger, who did not travel for the match, the Fire started Diego Campos and Elliot Collier and weren't able to get much going although they were competitive in the first half. A first half Gonzalo Higuain penalty kick and two Gyassi Zardes second half goals provided the scoring in a relatively easy win for Columbus at home. Fire line up Sanchez; Ellis (Corrales 58') , Kappelhof, Campbell, Vincent; McCarty (Tchani 56'), Adams (Bronico 54'), Campos, Collier,...
www.chicagonow.com May 11, 2018

Fire v Crew match preview

What Are They All About? Columbus Crew Bumpier than Western between Lawrence and Foster. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire recorded a home win against the Montreal Impact, defeating their Northern neighbors 1-0 on the back of a deflected Kevin Ellis shot. The result continues what has been a season of ups and downs for the Fire, including losing while playing well, winning while playing poorly, and everything in between. A stand out performance from Mo Adams highlighted what was otherwise a mediocre display on Wednesday, and continued inconsistencies in formation, tactics, and personnel...
www.chicagonow.com May 10, 2018

Fire ride Ellis' heroics to 1-0 win over Impact

Three points were rescued from a match that looked destined to end in a scoreless draw when Kevin Ellis' 89th minute shot was deflected into the Montreal net. The Fire controlled most of the match but neither team was able to generate much in clear chances until some of the Fire's youth injected some energy into the game. It was a must-win game for the Fire at home with three of the next four games on the road. Fire line up Sanchez; Ellis, Kappelhof, Lillard, Vincent; Adams (Johnson 82'), McCarty, Schweinsteiger; Gordon (Collier 61'), Katai, Nikolic (Campos 72') Subs not used: McLain,...
www.chicagonow.com May 10, 2018

Fire v Impact match gallery

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www.chicagonow.com May 8, 2018

Fire v Impact match preview

Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal A cut below the rest. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost at home against Atlanta United. The 2-1 score line was fair on the night and reiterated what many observers had already noted, this Fire side is not very good, but they aren’t that bad, they’re just ok. Scraping by against Columbus, a hard-fought draw against Portland, a last gasp point against Toronto, and a shock win against the Red Bulls have earned Chicago eight points and eighth place in the East after eight matches. They are far below any acceptable bench mark for a team...
www.chicagonow.com May 6, 2018

Atlanta United top Fire 2-1

The Fire played well enough to challenge Atlanta United but ultimately, the visitor's ability to counter and convert on mistakes in the attack led to a 2-1 Atlanta victory. Two lapses, in the 53rd and 57th gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead that the Fire couldn't fight back from this time. The lone goal came from a Kevin Ellis volley in the 61st that got the Fire close but they couldn't find a late equalizer this time. Fire line up Sanchez; Ellis, Kappelhof, Lillard (Campbell 80'), Vincent; McCarty, Adams (Gordon 59'), Collier (Campos 59'), Katai; Schweinsteiger, Nikolic subs not used: McLain,...
www.chicagonow.com May 4, 2018

Fire v Atlanta United match preview

What Are They All About? Atlanta United Forward progress. This past weekend the Chicago Fire earned a point on the road against Toronto FC, drawing last year’s champions 2-2 at BMO Field. Although the match was full of controversy as the growing pains associated with the implementation of VAR were on display, the result was ultimately fair on the day. As vital as points are, the performance was one to be proud of as Chicago dug themselves out of an early hole, showing character and perseverance that has largely been lacking thus far in the season. A second consecutive road result and some...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 29, 2018

Fire draw TFC 2-2 in wild finish

The Fire drew a point out of Toronto after trailing 2-0 at half time. A shaky first half featured a disallowed Toronto goal thanks to VAR and Bastian Schweinsteiger was denied on a penalty kick attempt. Chicago charged back in the second with TFC running out of gas after a mid-week CCL loss in Mexico. The officiating crew decided not to overturn, or apparently even look at potential interference from an offside Nemanja Nikolic on the Fire's first goal and that led to a wild finish with the Fire pushing to equalize. A little over a minute after Schweinsteiger's pass to Alan Gordon resulted...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 27, 2018

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

What Are They All About? Toronto FC A chance for momentum. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 to secure their first road win of the campaign. Key lineup changes, a phenomenal performance by Richard Sanchez, a wonder strike from Aleksandar Katai, and a clinical penalty finish from Nemanja Nikolic were among the factors that led to success. The three points gave the Fire a boost in the standings, elevating them to seventh, but the result will also have inflated the confidence of a side that has struggled to find an identity this season. Red Bull Arena had...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 22, 2018

Fire upset New York Red Bulls 2-1

The Fire surprised the New York Red Bulls on the road on the strength of an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Richard Sanchez and two individual moments of offensive brilliance from Aleksandar Katai. Sanchez recorded nine saves, several of which were of the difficult variety and Katai blasted a volley from outside the box after a cleared corner kick in the 30th minute. Katai also got behind the defense in the 69th minute to draw a penalty kick chance against Luis Robles. Nemanja Nikolic converted from the spot to give the Fire a two-goal lead. New York scored an 81st minute goal when...

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