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Fire v Revolution match preview

What Are They All About? New England Revolution Another chance at redemption. This past weekend the Chicago Fire Soccer Club defeated the Philadelphia Union at SeatGeek stadium by a score line of 2-0. More impressive than the result over the East’s top team was the way in which the hosts fought for one another after going down a man for a second consecutive encounter. Although Nicolas Gaitan’s red card has since been rescinded, the Fire played forty-five minutes without their main creator against one of the best sides in MLS and came out on top. Onlookers will perhaps question where such...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 18, 2019

Fire keep playoff hopes alive with 2-0 win over Union

Nemanja Nikolic scored a brace as the Fire, playing with ten men for all of the second half defeated the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Union 2-0 at SeatGeek Stadium. The match was a 'must-win' for the Fire in order to stay close in the race for the seventh playoff spot and they delivered with one of their best efforts of the season. Nikolic scored his first of the match in the 38th minute following a good combination between Johan Kappelhof and Przemyslaw Frankowski. The latter executed a perfect cross to find Nikolic in front of the net for his tenth goal of the season. The Fire...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 15, 2019

Fire fall short in Portland

Despite giving up two early goals and playing man short for more than an hour, the Fire managed to stay close in Portland before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Timbers. The home team scored in the eleventh minute when David Ousted came out to challenge a long pass behind the defense for Martin Loria. Ousted knocked the ball away from Moria but the bounce landed at the foot of Jose Moreira, who chipped the ball into the net. The Timbers scored again in the 21st as Brian Fernandez found a spot between Grant Lillard and Jonathan Bornstein to nudge Cristhian Paredes' cross across the goal...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 14, 2019

Fire v Timbers match preview

What Are They All About? Portland Timbers Dreamland. This past weekend the Chicago Fire Soccer Club earned a home victory over the Montreal Impact. The 3-2 score line put the Fire within touching distance of the seventh and final playoff spot. Although they have played a match more than most teams ahead of them in the East, an eight-match run is plenty of time to overcome the deficit that they set for themselves earlier in the year. Poor performances from the teams around them, a heavy schedule of inter-conference match-ups, and a favorable MLS policy of allowing over half of the league’s...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 11, 2019

Fire outlast Impact 3-2

Bastian Schweinsteiger's 88th minute goal gave the Fire a 3-2 victory in a must-win match at home against the Montreal Impact. The win pulled to Fire back to within three points of the seventh playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Schweinsteiger gathered a loose ball from another corner kick in the eighth minute to find Dax McCarty near loose near the top of the penalty area. McCarty finished neatly into the lower right corner of the net for his first goal in a Fire shirt. The Fire looked to be on their way to an easy win in the 19th when Francisco Calvo threaded a perfectly weighted...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 9, 2019

Fire v Impact match preview

Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal Forward Progress? This past weekend the Chicago Fire Soccer Club earned their first road victory of the 2019 MLS season and their first road win in over a calendar year. A 1-0 result over the Houston Dynamo, courtesy of a Nemanja Nikolic tally, also propelled them back into the playoff conversation (maybe). A six-point gap needs to be made up but with the way that the rest of the East is playing, it is not inconceivable that Chicago could find itself above the red line in the coming weeks. A huge step in a positive direction is on the line this...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 4, 2019

Fire finally win a road game, edge Houston 1-0

Nemanja Nikolic's late first half stoppage time goal provided all that the Fire needed for the first road win since May 25, 2018. With time running out in the first half, Aleksandar Katai's corner kick was played to Nicolas Gaitan 30 yards out. Gaitan's chip into the area found Nikolic, who directed the ball into the net with one touch. The Fire held on with their second consecutive clean sheet. Fire line-up Kronholm; Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Calvo, Bornstein; McCarty, Bronico; Sapong (Mihailovic 85'), Gaitan, Katai (Campos 94'); Nikolic (Frankowski 58') Subs not used: Sanchez, Lillard,...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 2, 2019

Fire v Dynamo match preview

What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo Consistency in mediocrity. This past weekend the Chicago Fire Soccer Club drew 0-0 against DC United at SeatGeek Stadium. A large crowd and a beautiful summer night were not enough to draw the best out of either side in what was an exceptionally boring encounter. The result further solidified Chicago’s hold on 11th place in the East and left them a full nine points outside of the final playoff spot. The Fire have also played a game more than most teams ahead of them in the standings. The gap between Chicago and baseline success in a league where more...
www.chicagonow.com Jul 28, 2019

Fire, DC play to scoreless draw

The Fire dropped to 11th place in the Eastern Conference, nine points out of the final playoff spot after a 0-0 draw at home against DC United. As has been the case all season, the Fire didn't play badly but were not good enough overall, particularly in the final third. Both teams struggled to generate much offensively. Jonathan Bornstein made his Fire debut as the team played without Aleksandar Katai, Djordje Mihailovic, and Fabian Herbers due to injury. Fire line-up Kronholm; Kappelhof, Schweinsteiger, Calvo, Bornstein; McCarty, Bronico; Frankowski, Gaitan (Campos 76'), Sapong; Nikolic...
www.chicagonow.com Jul 26, 2019

Fire v DC United match preview

What Are They All About? DC United Inevitability. This past weekend the Chicago Fire Soccer Club lost on the road in Philadelphia as the Union scored two unanswered goals, sending the visitors tumbling to tenth place in the East. With the summer heat rising, the match was less than entertaining but the hosts got the job done amidst multiple Fire blunders. Former Union players CJ Sapong and Fabian Herbers had an extra spark and created multiple interchanges but ultimately couldn’t capitalize on their return to Philly. Veljko Paunovic and his charges are now seven points behind the playoff...

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