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Written by JR Patton | 03 October 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

The moment is almost upon us. After a long, long wait we are only a day away from the kickoff of the US Open Cup final. For a lot of us, tomorrow morning will be more exciting than Christmas - even a Christmas full of Fire gear. One thing is for certain, tomorrow night will be remarkable either way, either Seattle will continue their recent USOC dominance, or the Fire will tie the all time record for most USOC titles. What can we expect from this match and will Fire fans sleep happy tomorrow night? Let's get into it after the break.

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Written by JR Patton | 29 September 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

domWith the victory last night at Rio Tinto Stadium, the Chicago Fire sit just 3 points out of the final playoff spot - sort of. Technically, DC United is only only 1 point out, and they have two more games than both Chicago and New York remaining. But, for the purposes of this conversation we will consider the Fire where they currently are - three points out of the tenth and final playoff spot. This team has been impressive lately. Very impressive. Think back to August 7th. The Fire had just gotten stomped on in Vancouver, losing 4-2 to the expansion side in an embarassing match. The league season was all but over, and we had nothing but the Open Cup to look forward to the rest of the way. Now fast forward to this morning. The Fire have won 4 ouf their last 5 league matches, sit 3 points out in the playoff race and are preparing for a USOC Final next week. Things can happen quickly in this league, and they certainly seem to be - for the moment - lining up for the Fire. But what happens if the Fire do make the playoffs? I'm here to tell you, if they get in - NO ONE will want to play them.

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Written by Ryan Byrne | 28 September 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

Pappa_winChicago Fire beat Real Salt Lake 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium tonight. That's right, 3-0. Marco Pappa was absolutely dominant, scoring goals in the 9th, 36th, and 75th minutes. And I must say, Pappa's goals only got better as the night went on. If you didn't catch the match, do yourself a favor and watch the highlights as soon as you can. He did make a couple poor passes, but far more good and even fantastic passes. Great game tonight out of Pappa. You really can't ask for more. The whole team really performed at their highest level yet this season. Facing a very aggressive RSL side, the Fire stayed in control and pushed back just as hard. no comments

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Written by JR Patton | 27 September 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

As most soccer and video game fans undoubtedly already know, the new FIFA 12 game was released today. First of all, I want to commend EA Sports on an absolutely amazing game, it's head and shoulders above its previous versions. I was also happy to see the MLS rosters up to date. This was a pleasant surprise, as I figured most of the recent moves would not be included until an update came out. After the break I will list the Fire roster and their ratings, as well as my thoughts on the ratings EA gave our Men in Red. 

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Written by Ryan Byrne | 26 September 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

Gargan_tackleI'm so happy with the Fire right now. There are still plenty of things to work on, but the guys are creating chances and finishing. The big tests will be in the next few matches, but let's not worry about that right now. Let's look back at some of yesterday's performances.

With Gibbs suspended, I was a little concerned about the defense. Not that it's a one man show by any means, but when every match is a must-win it's good to have all your starters. Thankfully, the defense stepped up. Dan Gargan really stood out to me. He was all fired up during the whole match, chasing down the ball and stifling the Revs' attack. If only he and the other defenders had stayed sharp through the full 90 plus stoppage time they would have surely kept NE goalless. But that's a lesson learned, according to Klopas. I would have liked to have seen Sean Johnson take home a clean sheet, but I don't think he can be disappointed in himself at all.

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Written by JR Patton | 26 September 2011
Posted in // Chicago Fire

Grazzini put the PK home in the 5th minute of playIn a site that was eerily reminiscent to last weekends match against Chivas USA, the Chicago Fire once again took the lead before most people had found their seats. Patrick Nyarko raced forward in the fifth minute to catch up to a Logan Pause throughball, and Nyarko was taken down in the box by New England keeper Matt Reis. Sebastian Grazzini took the ensuing PK and buried it in the lower right corner putting the home side up early 1-0. A few minutes later, Dominic Oduro continued his assault on the Golden Boot with a goal that he may have missed just a few short weeks ago. Patrick Nyarko joined in the fun in the 30th minute, putting the Fire up 3-0. The score would remain at 3-0 for 60 minutes until a very quick and shocking brace from the Revs Ryan Guy put everyone on the edge of their seats for the remaining seconds. In the end the whistle blew and the Fire walked away with another 3 points, and a 3-2 victory. 

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Written by JR Patton | 25 September 2011
Posted in // Other

Hello to all of our new and returning readers! We have recently been lucky enough to join the Bloguin community and as you can see have a new site! It will take us a few days to get everything sorted out, but thanks for following us to our new address and as always thanks for reading our posts! Feel free to comment on anything you see, but you will either need to be logged into Facebook, Twitter, or Livefyre to do so. 

 

Again, thanks for your continued support and GO FIRE!

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