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  • Strong start, but U.S. will have to be better Jun 16, 2014 9:40 PM
    The United States did what it had to do Monday against Ghana, getting 3 points with a 2-1 World Cup victory. Now the Americans need to play better. "There’s undoubtedly things we need to improve,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told ESPN after the game.

     
  • World Cup spotlight shines on ex-Palatine resident Jun 16, 2014 9:49 AM
    With all due respect to Landon Donovan, he doesn't matter anymore. Here are five American players to watch over the next three World Cup games — and maybe more.

     
  • Pineda sent to second-division side Indy Eleven Jun 14, 2014 9:24 PM
    Just because Major League Soccer has been on a World Cup break doesn’t mean the Fire is out to lunch.

     
  • Fire at a loss after 3-2 loss to Seattle Jun 7, 2014 11:19 PM
    The Chicago Fire has a lot to think about as it heads to Major League Soccer’s World Cup break.

     
  • Fire, Rapids play to 0-0 tie Jun 4, 2014 11:45 PM
    The Fire’s Juan Luis Anangono pushed a header wide in the 76th minute and the Fire settled for a 0-0 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night. Anangono broke free of Colorado defender Shane O’Neill and goalkeeper John Berner couldn’t recover in time to defend his goal. But with a wide open net. Anangono’s header went just outside the left post.

     
  • Fire shoots to snare a couple of wins before World Cup break Jun 3, 2014 6:10 PM
    With two games left before Major League Soccer takes a break for the World Cup, the Chicago Fire would love to get a couple of wins and finally get some momentum going.

     
  • Another familiar finish for Fire Jun 1, 2014 9:13 PM
    No matter how the Chicago Fire lines up, the end result always seems to have a familiar look.

     
  • Will disappointed Donovan take it out on Fire? May 29, 2014 2:44 PM
    It’s tough enough to play Landon Donovan when he’s in a good mood. And Landon Donovan is definitely not a happy camper these days.

     
  • Bliss working to pinpoint Fire’s roster needs May 28, 2014 9:18 PM
    Technical director Brian Bliss wants to make sure he maintains an even keel before he makes any significant moves to Chicago Fire roster.

     
  • Professional sports teams kick up fun factor in suburbs May 25, 2014 7:54 AM
    It's not all big-money, big-city baseball when it comes to summer sports. Locally, you can take the family to minor-league games, professional women's sports and more — all offering hours of activities that go beyond what's happening on the scoreboard. A giant squirt gun fight, concerts, tailgate parties and the chance to run the bases are just some of the fun that local sports teams are offering this summer.

     
  • Winning makes a big difference for Fire May 23, 2014 7:54 PM
    Chicago Fire coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said he’s noticed a difference in his players now that they have a pair of victories this season following a two-month dryspell.

     
  • Donovan left out of World Cup roster May 22, 2014 5:36 PM
    The idea of Landon Donovan being left off the U.S. World Cup roster seemed unfathomable. Now it’s reality. U.S. Soccer announced Thursday afternoon that Donovan was one of seven players released from pre-World Cup training camp by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Also released were defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst; midfielders Maurice Edu and Joe Corona; and forward Terrence Boyd. “It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it’s very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there. After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision.” It’s a decision that surely will be second-guessed if the United States struggles in what is considered one of the toughest groups at this year’s World Cup. Donovan, 32, has been a fixture on the U.S. team since he was a teenager and has played a role in some of the team’s most important moments dating to the 2002 World Cup, including scoring the game-winning goal in the final minutes against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup. He has 156 caps with the U.S. team and is its all-time leader in goals scored and assists. Although Donovan took some time away from the team last year, he had seemed to work his way into Klinsmann’s good graces. The World Cup begins June 12 in Brazil. Rosters had to be trimmed to 23 players by June 2. Donovan presumably will be with the Los Angeles Galaxy when it plays the Chicago Fire on June 1 at Toyota Park. The Fire could see Parkhurst this weekend at Columbus. Follow Orrin on Twitter @Orrin_Schwarz

     
  • Sour taste in Fire players’ mouths despite 2nd win May 18, 2014 6:25 PM
    The Fire got 3 points in the MLS standings for Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 victory against visiting Sporting Kansas City. Style points are another matter.

     
  • Rookie leads Fire to first win May 10, 2014 9:26 PM
    Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp scored three goals, his first in Major League Soccer, to rally the Chicago Fire to a 5-4 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night. Shipp, who led Notre Dame to last year’s NCAA title, gave Chicago the lead in the fourth minute and then added goals in the 54th and 58th minutes to earn the Fire their first victory of the year.

     
  • Soccer legend McBride reunites with Fire May 9, 2014 2:37 PM
    It just made sense for both sides to get Brian McBride in Chicago Fire practice gear again. McBride, a native of Arlington Heights and a Buffalo Grove High School grad, is working as a part-time assistant to help the Fire with its offensive attack.

     
  • Frustration not lost on winless Fire coach May 9, 2014 1:29 PM
    By now you figure Frank Yallop has realized it’s going to be a tougher job than he first thought to turn the Chicago Fire into an MLS Cup contender.

     
  • Fire implodes, loses 3-2 May 4, 2014 12:35 AM
    Frank Yallop used words like “empty feeling” and “sickening” and “total collapse” to describe the Chicago Fire’s 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Toyota Park.

     
  • Fire ‘dying’ to get first win against Real Salt Lake May 1, 2014 9:27 PM
    Frank Yallop counts himself as one of those coaches who hates to lose more than he likes to win, so the Chicago Fire’s six-game streak of ties is not entirely bad.

     
  • Fire winless after 1-1 draw vs. Revs Apr 19, 2014 7:01 PM
    New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth stopped Juan Luis Anangono’s penalty kick in the first minute of stoppage time Saturday to preserve a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire, who matched a Major League Soccer record with their sixth straight tie. The Fire have tied each match since losing their opener. The six straight draws equaled an MLS mark last set by the Colorado Rapids in 2011.

     
  • Botched penalty kick costs Fire first victory Apr 20, 2014 12:29 AM
    For the second consecutive home game, the Fire missed a penalty kick in second-half extra time that would have won the game. This time it was second-half substitute Juan Luis Anangono who stepped up and offered a PK that Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth saved easily, preserving the tie.

     
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