Category: 2017 Regular Season

Dynamo 3 Fire 0 - recap and ratings

The Fire turned in another disappointing effort against a playoff contending team. They have finished the season in third place in the Eastern Conference (and overall in MLS) but dropped a 3-0 result to the Houston Dynamo to close the regular season. Houston scored early via a badly defended throw-in and added two more in... Read more »

Fire v Dynamo match preview

What Are They All About? Houston Dynamo  Decision Day. Although in recent years the league’s gimmicky approach to the final weekend of the season has been more reflective of an attempt to mirror European leagues than it has been a genuine day of drama, this round of fixtures has a different vibe. A renewed format... Read more »

Fire 3 Union 2 - recap and ratings

Fire 3 Union 2 - recap and ratings
The Fire started off well enough but sloppy defending and goalkeeping put them in a 2-1 hole after the first 45 minutes against a Philadelphia Union side that defeated them 3-1 just a few weeks ago. After Nemanja Nikolic’s 3rd minute goal, the Union scored twice in the next ten minutes to take the lead... Read more »
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Fire v Union match preview

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union  Inching closer. As the final weeks of the MLS regular season approach, the Chicago Fire are preparing for their first playoff appearance since 2012. Although their chances of finishing second in the Eastern Conference likely went out the window after their 1-1 home draw with NYCFC prior to... Read more »

Fire 1 New York City FC 1 - recap and ratings

Fire 1 New York City FC 1 - recap and ratings
The Fire and New York City FC played to a 1-1 draw that didn’t distinguish either team as a clear cut favorite to finish above the other in the race for positioning in the Easter Conference playoffs. Both played through a fairly conservative match that yielded few clear chances although the overall play wasn’t bad.... Read more »

Fire v New York City FC match preview

What Are They All About? NYCFC Clinched. This past Wednesday the Chicago Fire qualified for the MLS playoffs for the first time since 2012. A resounding 4-1 win over San Jose coupled with a Montreal loss to NYCFC ensured that Chicago will be playing well into the Fall. Although fans will feel relieved to have... Read more »
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Fire 4 Earthquakes 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire punched their playoff tickets in a commanding 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. They did so in impressive fashion without Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Accam available for the game. Schweinsteiger continues to recover from calf and thigh injuries, while Accam was held out in anticipation of another big game against New York... Read more »

Fire v Earthquakes match preview

What Are They All About? San Jose Earth Quakes  Playing below expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire lost on the road in Philadelphia. Perhaps more shocking than the 3-1 result was the display itself. A match that could have seen them gain ground on NYCFC for the coveted bye week in the playoffs saw... Read more »

Union 3 Fire 1 - recap and ratings

The Fire missed out on a chance to pull within one point of second-place New York City FC in an uninspiring 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Union. A match that presented a good chance for three points against a non-contender puts them at risk of being surpassed in third place by Columbus... Read more »
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Fire v Union match preview

What Are They All About? Philadelphia Union  Performing to expectations. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated conference bottom dwellers DC United 3-0 at Toyota Park. A frustrating opening twenty minutes quickly turned into a dominating performance by the home side. An Ian Harkes own goal, a beautiful diving header from Brandon Vincent, and a... Read more »