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  •  Frank Yallop, head coach and director of soccer of the Chicago Fire, will open training camp with his MLS club on Sunday in Florida.

    Fire’s new coach eager for training camp to begin Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Frank Yallop can’t wait to get to Florida on Sunday, and it has nothing to do with the weather. Well, maybe just a little.

     
  •  Bryan Ciesiulka played for Neuqua Valley in high school.

    Neuqua Valley grad Ciesiulka, Fire get their wish Jan 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unable to sign Bryan Ciesiulka to a homegrown player contract, the Chicago Fire hoped he would sneak through to the club in the MLS SuperDraft.

     
  • Marco Franco

    Fire drafts ‘driven, happy0go-lucky’ Franco Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    New Fire coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop thinks he found a pretty good player in Marco Franco in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft. He can’t wait to find out for sure.

     
  •  The Chicago Fire traded Jalil Anibaba to Seattle for two veteran central defenders.

    On eve of SuperDraft, Fire trades Anibaba Jan 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The MLS SuperDraft on Thursday was never going to happen without the Chicago Fire. It just seemed like it.

     
  • Harry Shipp

    Fire lands homegrown talent with Shipp signing Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Frank Yallop’s remaking of the Chicago Fire has been slow and steady and without major surprises.

     
  • Fire opts to bring back forward Rolfe Dec 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Veteran forward Chris Rolfe, who first joined the Chicago Fire in 2005, has re-signed with the club, team officials announced Wednesday. Rolfe is second on the Fire’s all-time regular season goal scoring charts and seventh on the appearance list.

     
  •  Chicago Fire officials declined to pick up the contract option for midfielder Logan Pause, right, for the 2014 season. The club could opt to bring him back under a new contract, however.

    Rebuilding of Fire roster under way Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    New Chicago Fire coach Frank Yallop took the first steps toward remaking the Fire roster when he declined contract options on eight players, including some popular veterans.

     
  •  From left: Cameroon head coach Volker Finke of Germany, United States head coach Juergen Klinsmann of Germany, and Germany head coach Joachim Loew chat after the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup.

    U.S. faces a challenging World Cup draw Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    The United States' draw for next summer's World Cup in Brazil is very difficult, but it won't be impossible for the Americans to advance to the Round of 16 from group play.

     
  • Dick Butkus (left) and Gale Sayers holds up their jerseys during a driving rainstorm on Oct. 31, 1994, when the Bears retired both Hall of Famers numbers.

    Da timing a bit off for Da ceremonyDec 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    Here's a proposition for the Bears: How about finding a way to hold a jersey retirement ceremony in September?

     
  •  LeBron James could help bring MLS soccer to Miami.

    LeBron talks with Beckham about bringing MLS to Miami Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    LeBron James has had “preliminary talks” with David Beckham about possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami. “There’s some interest on both sides,” said James, the four-time NBA MVP who already has a small ownership stake in the English club Liverpool.

     
  •  Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson will join the U.S. National Team for friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

    Fire goalkeeper added to USA roster Nov 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by United States Men’s National Team for the upcoming international friendlies against Scotland and Austria, club officials announced Monday.

     
  •  Frank Yallop, the head coach and director of soccer for the Chicago Fire, plans to hire two or three assistant coaches over the next few weeks.

    Fire’s new head coach getting settled in Nov 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    New Fire coach Frank Yallop wasn’t ready to break any big news Thursday. He’s only been on the job a week, so when asked if the club might make a splash by signing a designated player this off-season, Yallop had to pass. He's spending the time now getting to know players and staff members.

     
  •  Chicago Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, left, introduces Frank Yallop as the new head coach and director of soccer of the MLS soccer club during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Chicago.

    Key for Yallop: Lay down a solid foundationNov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    The best way for new Fire coach Frank Yallop to succeed is if new director of soccer Frank Yallop succeeds.

     
  •  Frank Yallop, the new head coach and director of soccer for the Chicago Fire, has won two MLS Cup titles in his coaching career.

    Chicago Fire puts Yallop in charge Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Chicago Fire introduced Frank Yallop as its new coach and director of soccer operations on Thursday, replacing Frank Klopas and Javier Leon.

     
  •  Soccer legend David Beckham promotes his new photography book during an interview Wednesday in London.

    Beckham hopes son could play on team Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    David Beckham is finalizing plans to start a Major League Soccer franchise, and he’s hoping son Brooklyn could one day take the field for the team. While wary about putting pressure on his children to follow in his famous footsteps, the former England captain tells The Associated Press he hopes Brooklyn could be good enough to play on his team one day.

     
  •  Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas directs his team against the Real Salt Lake during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Chicago won 3-0.

    Klopas, Leon lose jobs with Chicago Fire Oct 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chicago Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that coach Frank Klopas and Javier Leon, the club's president of soccer operations, will not return for the 2014 season.

     
  • Red Bulls beat Fire to secure Supporters’ Shield Oct 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Peguy Luyindula had three assists and the New York Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire 5-2 on Sunday to finish with Major League Soccer’s best record.

     
  •  In this photo provided by the Chicago Fire, Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee celebrates his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer game against the Montreal Impact, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Bridgeview. The Fire and Impact tied 2-2.

    Chicago Fire faces tough foe with plenty on the line Oct 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    At the end of a season during which seemingly nothing came easy, the Chicago Fire gets a matchup that’s as far from a sure thing as it could find.

     
  • Anibaba, Fire have plenty to celebrate Oct 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jalil Anibaba figured he had enough reason to celebrate Saturday night. “You can’t ask for a better birthday than that,” the 25-year-old right back said after a 1-0 Fire victory against Toronto FC at Toyota Park.

     
  •  Bakary Soumare can help the Chicago Fire clinch a playoff berth this weekend — if some other games also fall into place.

    Fire ready for crazy finish to crazy season Oct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Nothing has come easy for the Chicago Fire this season, but somehow the Fire has survived and has the chance to clinch a playoff berth Saturday night.

     
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