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www.chicagonow.com Aug 17, 2018

Fire v Impact match preview

Qui sont-ils? Aperçu du Match Contre Montreal Après moi, le deluge. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost a seventh consecutive MLS match, extending a franchise record which now finds them rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Chicago’s points per game ratio under the guidance of the current regime has now dropped to 1.15 PPG over the last three years. Whatever other methods may be employed to pass judgement on the Process, the PPG total under Nelson Rodriguez/Veljko Paunovic is among the worst such totals across the league since the duo took over. In fact, only Orlando City...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 12, 2018

Red Bulls hand Fire seventh straight loss

The Fire's slim playoff hopes slid further into the distance after an seventh consecutive loss in league play and eight overall against MLS competition. Following Wednesday night's US Open Cup disappointment, both Nemanja Nikolic and Aleksandar Katai started on the bench. The Fire mustered one shot one goal but played a more cohesive defensive game with Bastian Schweinsteiger again deployed as a third centerback. Bradley Wright Phillips scored in the 55th minute following a Dax McCarty turnover to provide all of the scoring in the contest. Michael de Leeuw made his long awaited return from...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 10, 2018

Fire v NYRB match preview

What Are They All About? New York Red Bull Done and dusted. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire were ousted from the US Open Cup by the Philadelphia Union. After a strong first half, the Fire completely lost the plot and gave up three tallies after the sixtieth minute to lose 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium. The loss marked their fifth semi-final loss in the last six years and effectively ended any chance that the Fire had of chalking this season up as a success. Although there are still ten matches left in the season and the Fire are just six points out from a playoff spot, they have arguably...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 9, 2018

Fire eliminated from USOC play

The Fire lost yet another US Open Cup semifinal in crushing fashion. The Philadelphia Union walked away with a 3-0 victory to advance to the final against the Houston Dynamo in September. Cory Burke scored in the 60th and 78th minutes to take control of the match and CJ Sapong added an 86th minute tally to ice it. The Fire managed to muster just one shot on target with most of their first choice lineup in place and Dax McCarty returning from injury. They now have 10 games remaining in the regular season to attempt to salvage some dignity from the 2018 season. Fire lineup Sanchez; Hasler...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 7, 2018

Fire v Union USOC semfinal match preview

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union Another unwanted record. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost to Real Salt Lake by a score of 2-1. The result marked a club record sixth consecutive loss. The streak can be added to the current ownership’s trophy cabinet which also includes the lowest points total in club history, the most draws ever in an MLS season, and the first league franchise to finish last in the Supporters Shield standings in consecutive seasons. Perhaps more importantly, the loss ended any realistic hopes of the Fire making the playoffs this season, a fifth post-season...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 6, 2018

Real Salt Lake hand Fire sixth consecutive defeat

A Damir Kreilach brace pushed Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over the Fire. The loss was the team's sixth straight in league play an establishes a new club record for consecutive losses. Bastian Schweisteiger scored the Fire's only goal with a 30-yard rocket in the 48th minute that leveled the match at one just after halftime. The Fire started the match with a mostly reserve line-up ahead of their US Open Cup semifinal contest against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday. Fire lineup Cleveland; Campos (Hasler 32'), Ellis, Campbell, Vincent, Corrales (Schweinsteiger 45'); Edwards (Katai...
www.chicagonow.com Aug 2, 2018

Fire v Real Salt Lake match preview

What Are They All About? Real Salt Lake This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost on the road against Toronto FC. The 3-0 scoreline accurately illustrated the match and the result has severely dented Chicago’s slim playoff hopes. Out-shot, out-possessed, out-passed, and outplayed, the Fire are in dire straits. A streak of five consecutive losses ties a club record achieved in their first MLS season and sets up the possibility of attaining yet another unwanted achievement under the stewardship of Veljko Paunovic and Nelson Rodriguez. To further add insult to injury, reports from France...
www.chicagonow.com Jul 29, 2018

Toronto FC trounce Fire 3-0

A second consecutive loss to Toronto FC, and fifth in a row in league play places the Fire on the verge of having their postseason hopes washed away. The 3-0 defeat in Canada drops the Fire to 6-12-5 on the season and five points out of sixth place with other competitors holding as many as two games in hand. The Fire played another competitive first 45 minutes against the defending MLS Cup champions but fell apart in the second half with Toronto gobbling up possession and chances. Jozy Altidore scored in the 52nd minute, Jonathan Osorio in the 72nd, and Sebastian Giovinco in the 89th and the...
www.chicagonow.com Jul 27, 2018

Fire v Toronto FC rematch preview

What Are They All About? Toronto FC This past weekend the Chicago Fire hosted Toronto FC at Toyota Park and lost by a score of 2-1. The result marks a fourth consecutive loss for Chicago in league play and has them sitting in eighth place of the Eastern Conference having played at least two matches more than the teams below them. With just twelve matches left to play in this campaign, the Fire’s chances of making the playoffs are looking slim. Of their remaining fixtures, four will come against sides currently jostling for the Supporters Shield, while the other eight will be against sides...
www.chicagonow.com Jul 22, 2018

Fire drop fourth straight league game in 2-1 loss to TFC

The Fire fell to 6-11-5 on the season and 4-6-2 at home after a 2-1 defeat to Toronto FC. It was their fourth consecutive loss in league play with realistic playoff hopes quickly slipping away. Nemanja Nikolic scored the Fire's only goal by heading in a cross from newcomer Raheem Edwards in the 62nd minute. The Fire quickly conceded the go ahead goal three minutes later. Richard Sanchez failed to close down Jonathan Osorio and pushed the ball back toward him while leaving the goal open. The TFC attacker converted the chance and the Fire failed to seriously threaten from there. Sebastian...

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