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  • 5 things the Chicago Fire must fix Jul 1, 2014 1:29 PM
    Not even the most loyal Chicago Fire employee would call the first part of this season a rousing success, especially on the field. OK, so it wasn’t a total disaster either.

     
  • U.S. soccer team far from a disappointment Jul 2, 2014 6:15 AM
    As much as we wanted to believe in this U.S. national soccer team, we always knew a long run through this World Cup was a lot to ask. Just getting out of the Group of Death was an accomplishment and a surprise. In the Round of 16, Belgium was just plain better than the United States, though the Americans showed heart to the bitter end.

     
  • New ‘World’ view for U.S. soccer team Jun 30, 2014 7:35 PM
    No longer is the United States taking the long view of its World Cup matches. The days of a “good” loss are over. Now the United States is in the knockout phase of the tournament. Win or go home. “The mentality is that if you have the game of your life, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you could win the game,” said former national-team star Brian McBride, who grew up in Arlington Heights. “The focus becomes much tighter. The experience you gained through the group stages, you use to your advantage.”

     
  • U.S. shows it deserves to advance; Belgium up next Jun 26, 2014 9:16 PM
    If the United States showed Sunday that sometimes a draw can feel like a loss, Thursday the Americans showed a loss can sometimes be a victory.The United States will play Belgium, the winner of Group H, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (ESPN). Belgium will be tough, but not as tough as Germany.

     
  • Glen Ellyn soccer pioneer amazed by game's growth Jun 26, 2014 5:41 AM
    When Hank Steinbrecher, a National Soccer Hall of Fame member and former secretary general of U.S. Soccer, talks about this World Cup being “a tipping point for U.S. Soccer,” the Glen Ellyn resident does so with a perspective developed from decades of dedication to the sport. “The whole landscape of soccer has changed,” Steinbrecher said.

     
  • Overtime suits Fire just fine Jun 25, 2014 11:35 PM
    The Chicago Fire seems to have found a way to win: Avoid 90-minute games.

     
  • Americans as underdogs a different dynamic Jun 25, 2014 6:17 PM
    The United States normally is under immense pressure to be the best at everything and cure all the world's problems. In that context, it's kind of refreshing for the U.S. soccer team to be underdogs in the World Cup.

     
  • Late goal like a kick in the gut for U.S. soccer team Jun 23, 2014 6:34 AM
    Did you really expect it to be that easy? You forgot soccer can be a cruel game. In a World Cup that has been so dramatic, so full of surprises, so high-scoring, it’s only fitting that the United States’ match Sunday against Portugal should end with a heartbreaking, game-tying goal for the Portuguese in the final seconds, the latest World Cup regulation-time goal ever.

     
  • Fire’s Mathis to U.S. World Cup team: Go for it Jun 21, 2014 10:05 PM
    Clint Mathis knows what it’s like to score in a World Cup. He also knows the feeling of defeating powerful Portugal in a World Cup.

     
  • Magee back in action with desperate Fire Jun 18, 2014 11:52 PM
    The Chicago Fire, desperately needing any kind of victory, found itself in something of a no-win situation Wednesday night.

     
  • 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.

     
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