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www.chicagonow.com Apr 17, 2019

Fire v Rapids match preview

What Are They All About? Colorado Rapids Stasis. Last weekend the Chicago Fire drew against the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 in front of yet another desolate SeatGeek crowd. The result sees the Fire sitting on six points from six matches, a trajectory which will leave them far short of the average 1.41 points per game ratio it has taken to reach the playoffs over the last five years. Worse than that statistical reality is the fact that a Chicago side which has talent on paper was completely devoid of ideas against a defensive minded and mediocre Vancouver team. It seems as if every step forward on...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 13, 2019

Fire draw Vancouver 1-1

After what felt like a positive draw in Toronto last weekend, the Fire returned to Bridgeview and only managed to get one point at home against a winless Vancouver Whitecaps side. The 1-1 draw sets up an early must-win situation at home next weekend against a beatable Colorado team before three consecutive road games. After looking like the better side for most of the match, the Fire shot themselves in the foot once again. David Ousted misplayed and fumbled an errant cross at the edge of his box which allowed Yordy Reyna to sneak the ball past him into an open goal in the 53rd minute. The...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 11, 2019

Fire v Whitecaps match preview

What Are They All About? Vancouver Whitecaps FC A recipe for success. Tying your away fixtures and winning at home leads to the playoffs. Or so the adage goes… This past weekend the Chicago Fire drew on the road against Toronto FC to pick up a positive result in consecutive matches for the first time this season. The point boosted them to eighth in the East and gets them within touching distance of the playoff pack. Consistency in the lineup which beat New York Red Bull the week prior, another standout man-marking performance from Mo Adams, and Nemanja Nikolic breaking his 2019 duck led to...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 7, 2019

Fire earn 2-2 draw in Toronto

A first half stoppage time goal seemed to have turned the tables in a match dominated by Toronto FC up until that point. A beautifully executed long pass over the top of the defense from Andrew Gutjahr, after Aleksandar Katai forced a turnover, found CJ Sapong streaking the other way. Sapong, with an equally impressive touch to gather the ball subtly chipped the ball past goalkeeper Alex Bono to level the match at 1-1. The Fire took the lead in the 62nd minute. A sloppy TFC pass near midfield started the Fire on the counter with Dax McCarty feeding Katai on the run up the left side. Katai's...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 4, 2019

Fire v Toronto FC match preview

What Are They All About? Toronto FC A breakthrough. This past weekend the Chicago Fire grabbed their first win of the 2019 campaign. A gritty performance against a good New York Red Bulls side saw the hosts earn a 1-0 result and elevate themselves slightly in the standings. The biggest takeaway for supporters and pundits alike was a rare glimpse at growth in Veljko Paunovic’s coaching repertoire as the Serbian tinkered with the back line and tactics against Red Bull. Jeremiah Gutjahr was given his professional debut at left back while Johan Kappelhof deputized at right back, giving Chicago...
www.chicagonow.com Apr 2, 2019

Fire v Red Bulls match gallery

Match photos from the Fire's 1-0 victory over New York.
www.chicagonow.com Mar 30, 2019

Fire earn first win with 1-0 victory over Red Bulls

The game wasn't pretty but the Fire outplayed New York in a deserved 1-0 win at SeatGeek Stadium. The attack generated numerous chances in the first half although they failed to break through in a scoreless first 45 minutes. The lone goal came in the 48th when Przemyslaw Frankowski and New York goalkeeper Luis Robles got tangled up in front of the net. A loose ball found its way to Nemanja Nikolic, who kicked it over his head off the post and onto defender Tim Parker, who was attempting to clear the shot. It was officially ruled as an own-goal. Homegrown rookie Andrew Gutjahr and Nicolas...
www.chicagonow.com Mar 29, 2019

Fire v Red Bulls match preview

What Are They All About? New York Red Bulls   Tripping at the first hurdle. This past weekend the Chicago Fire had a bye week during the international break. It gave them time to refocus and recharge after losing to Seattle at home in the previous round of fixtures. The 4-2 result against the Sounders sees the Fire on one point from three matches, a reality that simply isn’t good enough for a side that some pundits had as the most improved Eastern Conference team in the offseason. A bizarre thirty-fifth minute substitution saw an out of position Nicolas Hasler depart for Raheem Edwards...

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