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  • Time for Fire to give fans a title-contender Oct 30, 2014 2:10 PM
    Let's set the ground rules for the Chicago Fire's off-season right away. If the Fire doesn't sign at least two designated players this winter, fans should see it as a sign the club isn't serious about winning.

  • Fire shows off homegrown talent in 1-1 tie Mar 23, 2014 7:22 PM
    The Chicago Fire’s homegrown players made themselves at home for the first time Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park.

  • Fire’s local talent pipeline gaining momentum Mar 7, 2014 11:28 AM
    The Chicago Fire's youth player pipeline is showing signs it is just starting to pay off on the club's investment.

  • Fire players like Yallop’s new culture Mar 5, 2014 11:29 PM
    Since Frank Yallop took over as coach and director of soccer, the Fire has moved slowly but purposefully. Yallop set a course and stuck to it, never trying to do too much too soon. He seems to have won over his longest-tenured players. “We have a different mentality with Frank,” said veteran Fire left back Gonzalo Segares, “and I think that was mainly what we were trying to accomplish this preseason, get used to how he wanted us to play.”

  • Fire youth team finds international tournament life-changing Feb 14, 2014 7:17 PM
    The Chicago Fire didn’t make the Major League Soccer playoffs last season, but at the academy level the Fire is traveling in elite company.

  • U.S. faces a challenging World Cup draw Dec 6, 2013 5:43 PM
    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.

  • Chicago Fire have plenty to do in off-season Nov 3, 2012 9:18 PM
    The mood in the Chicago Fire's postgame locker room Wednesday night was one of disappointment and determination. "With every setback there's opportunities," Fire coach Frank Klopas said after Wednesday's loss. "We're going to come back even stronger and work even harder to make sure we're able to take the next step next year." How the Fire will take that next step, and any steps that eventually lead to an MLS Cup, is unclear.

  • Fire has a lot riding on Saturday’s game Oct 25, 2012 3:32 PM
    Arne Friedrich might be new to the concept of postseason games, but he understands just how important the Fire’s regular-season finale is for playoff position.

  • 5 key reasons behind the Fire’s turnaround Oct 17, 2012 12:52 PM
    The two-year playoff absence seemed like an eternity to many in the Chicago Fire organization. The wait is over. The Fire will be in the Major League Soccer playoffs when they kick off on Halloween, and there are five keyl reasons why.

  • MLS club steps up to honor Lombard’s Urso Oct 11, 2012 10:53 AM
    When the Columbus Crew decided to make youth heart health a part of its philanthropic work, the Major League Soccer club’s executives never could have known the cause would hit so close to home. But here the Crew is, starting the Kirk Urso Memorial Fund to honor Lombard’s own, a 22-year-old midfielder who died of a congenital heart defect Aug. 5.

  • Fire’s 15th bash a tribute to players, fans Oct 9, 2012 4:08 PM
    There aren’t many professional sports franchises who get a birthday party thrown by its fans. On the Chicago Fire’s 15th anniversary Monday night, the staff, current players and former players celebrated with fans who paid $97 to attend at the Chicago History Museum, an event organized by the Fire’s supporters groups.

  • Fire excited to celebrate team’s 15th anniversary Oct 1, 2012 9:53 PM
    It was a sunny October day on Navy Pier in Chicago in 1997 when then-general manager Peter Wilt announced the nickname of the club that would bring professional soccer back to Chicago.Over the next week the Fire and its supporters groups will be celebrating the past 15 years and that big day.

  • Fire’s next game an important one Sep 25, 2012 6:48 PM
    The Chicago Fire’s match Friday night at Sporting Kansas City might seem like just another MLS match. It’s not.

  • Fire’s defense still chasing perfection Sep 20, 2012 12:32 PM
    Judging by goals allowed, the Chicago Fire has one of the best defenses in MLS. But it isn't perfect. In fact it hasn't been perfect in a while — going more than two months without a shutout.

  • Coach’s steadying hand has Fire poised for playoffs Sep 6, 2012 7:30 PM
    Talk to Chicago Fire players and you can hear Frank Klopas' voice coming through.This team clearly follows its coach's lead, and Klopas is on the verge of leading the Fire back to the MLS playoffs.Just don't tell him that.

  • Pappa’s overseas signing shouldn’t affect his play with Fire Aug 15, 2012 8:27 PM
    Just when it seemed ready to settle in for the final two months of the MLS season, the Fire has to adjust to change. No big deal. It's just part of the game, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.

  • Fire pointing the way to end playoff drought Aug 9, 2012 12:32 PM
    Heading into the final third of the Chicago Fire's regular season, the club probably needs 11-15 standings points out of a possible 36 remaining points to clinch a playoff berth and end a two-year playoff drought, writes soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz.

  • Depth could be key to helping Fire end 2-year playoff drought Aug 3, 2012 6:04 AM
    The Fire seemed to be sliding toward the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference standings after losing playmaker Sebastian Grazzini a month ago, but the Fire acted smartly to trade for Alvaro Fernandez.

  • Wheaton College grad coaching against Fire Saturday Jul 12, 2012 11:20 PM
    Wheaton native Jake DeClute got his start coaching in his hometown for the legendary Joe Bean, and he's made it all the way to Major League Soccer as a Vancouver Whitecaps assistant. Soccer columnist Orrin Schwarz describes how the local kid made it to big-time soccer.

  • Fire at a loss without a geographical rival Jul 4, 2012 5:21 PM
    While other teams in Major League Soccer have natural or geographical rivalries, the Chicago Fire doesn't. The Brimstone Cup? Don't even bring that up. The lack of a truly hated rival, says Daily Herald soccer expert Orrin Schwarz, leaves Fire fans shorthanded and makes Chicago just another flyover zone for MLS action.

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