Archive for June 2017

Fire v Whitecaps match preview

What Are They All About? Vancouver Whitecaps  The beauty of the cup. This past Wednesday, the Chicago Fire were ousted from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup at the round of sixteen stage by FC Cincinnati. It is their earliest exit from the competition since 2012 when they lost in the third round to the... Read more »

Fire out of USOC after PK loss to FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt turned in a remarkable performance in his club’s victory over the Fire in front of the second largest crowd in US Open Cup history. 32,287 fans saw Hildebrandt come up big at least twice in the first half, several times in the second half, and again in extra time before... Read more »

Fire v FC Cincinnati USOC match preview

What Are They All About? FC Cincinnati  How do you like me now? This past Saturday the Chicago Fire steamrolled Orlando City 4-0 at Toyota Park. More telling than the scoreline, Fire winger David Accam put on quite the display in front of a sold-out crowd. Amidst rumors of his possible departure to the Turkish... Read more »

Fire 4 Orlando City 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 4 Orlando City 0 - recap and ratings
At the numerical half-way point of the season, the Fire sit one point away from Toronto FC on top of the league table and have extended their win streak at home to seven games, the second longest streak in club history. They’re also unbeaten in their last nine matches. This contest, against an Orlando side... Read more »

Fire v Orlando City match preview

What Are They All About? Orlando City SC  Crazy eights. After defeating the New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday the Chicago Fire find themselves on an eight-match unbeaten run in the league. Perhaps more importantly, they seem to have finally overcome their away match curse for good as the win against the... Read more »

Fire 2 Revolution 1 - recap and ratings

Winning on the road against conference opponents will get you into the playoffs. Chicago managed to escape a flurry of missed chances by a New England Revolution side that had yet to lose a game at home to keep pace with Toronto FC at the top of the Eastern Conference and MLS overall. The victory... Read more »

Fire v Revolution match preview

What Are They All About? New England Revolution Dare we say it? Not yet. Although the Chicago Fire defeated St. Louis FC this past Wednesday 1-0 at Toyota Stadium, we won’t use the quintessential Open Cup motto until they are a bit further in the competition. Thursday’s draw pitted them against another lower league opponent... Read more »

Fire survive Saint Louis FC 1-0, advance in USOC

US Open Cup matches in the early rounds are all about surviving and advancing. The Fire did just that in a 1-0 win over their former USL affiliate Saint Louis FC. Luis Solignac’s “goal of the year” worthy back heel volley of Brandon Vincent’s pass in the 28th minute was the difference in the game... Read more »

Fire v Saint Louis FC USOC match preview

What Are They All About? St. Louis FC  They all count the same. This past weekend the Chicago Fire defeated Atlanta United 2-0 at Toyota Park on the back of a Luis Solignac strike and a Nemanja Nikolic PK. Complaints from the players and coaching staff about the win not being “pretty” will fall on... Read more »

Fire 2 Atlanta United 0 - recap and ratings

Fire 2 Atlanta United 0 - recap and ratings
No matter the sport, the good teams manage to still win when they’re not at their best. The Fire did just that in a 2-0 win at home against an Atlanta United side that routed them 4-0 back in March. Chicago wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders and wasted several good chances but did just... Read more »