Fire draw with Impact for first point

April, 11, 2014
Apr 11
2:31
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MONTREAL -- Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 54th minute and the Chicago Fire tied the Montreal Impact 1-1 on Saturday at Olympic Stadium, leaving both teams winless.

Off a corner, midfielder Jeff Larentowicz's header rang off the crossbar before falling to Mike Magee, who squared it across to Amarikwa in the 18-yard box for his third goal of the season.

Chicago is 0-1-5.

Newcomer Jack McInerney, acquired from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Andrew Wenger, scored in the 42nd minute for Montreal (0-3-3).


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Anangono gives Fire another draw

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
8:20
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Juan Luis Anangono headed in the tying goal from a difficult angle in the 86th minute to lift the Chicago Fire into their fourth straight draw, a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Anangono ran down the right endline and headed Mike Magee's 42-yard free kick past Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

The Fire are winless in five matches (0-1-4), while Philadelphia (1-1-3) collected its second tie in a row.

Chicago was awarded a penalty kick just before the 5 minutes of stoppage time elapsed, but MacMath stopped Magee, the 2013 league MVP, on the original kick and a close-in rebound to preserve the deadlock.


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DC United earn first point of season

March, 29, 2014
Mar 29
5:14
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WASHINGTON -- Quincy Amarikwa's goal in the 82nd minute lifted the Chicago Fire into a soggy 2-2 draw against D.C. United on Saturday.

Playing through a steady rain at RFK Stadium, United (0-2-1) extended its club-record winless streak in league play to 15 games dating to the 2013 season. It's the fifth-longest streak in MLS history.

Jhon Kennedy Hurtado scored in the 27th minute for Chicago (0-1-3), which has ties in each of its last three matches after a season-opening loss.

Fabian Espindola scored in the first half for United, and Perry Kitchen made it 2-1 when he scored his third career goal in the second half.

United lost all three games against Chicago last season and have not beaten the Fire at home since 2012.


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Red Bulls, Fire settle for draw

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
5:00
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Dax McCarty's goal in the 21st minute lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The deadlock, played in 28 degree temperatures, kept each team winless at 0-1-2 records.

For the second straight match, the Fire opened the scoring and then were tied.

Chicago midfielder Jeff Larentowicz headed Harrison Shipp's corner kick past goalkeeper Luis Robles from 8 yards out in the sixth minute.

New York tied the game on McCarty's 13-yard shot off a scramble in the 21st minute. McCarty found the ball in a crowd after a corner kick was cleared by the Chicago defense, and beat Sean Johnson with a short right-footed kick.

Alex's hard left-footed shot for the Fire was saved by Robles in the 47th minute. New York flirted with a second score in the 64th, but Thierry Henry couldn't convert a pass from Dan Cahill in the penalty area.

Johnson made three saves, Robles two. The Red Bulls were cited for five yellow cards to Chicago's one.

The Fire was without defender Lovel Palmer, serving the first of a two-game suspension for a collision with Portland's Maximiliano Urruti in the previous match.

Red Bulls, Fire settle for draw

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
9:51
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Dax McCarty's goal in the 21st minute lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The deadlock, played in 28 degree temperatures, kept each team winless at 0-1-2 records.

For the second straight match, the Fire opened the scoring and then were tied.

Chicago midfielder Jeff Larentowicz headed Harrison Shipp's corner kick past goalkeeper Luis Robles from 8 yards out in the sixth minute.

New York tied the game on McCarty's 13-yard shot off a scramble in the 21st minute. McCarty found the ball in a crowd after a corner kick was cleared by the Chicago defense, and beat Sean Johnson with a short right-footed kick.

Alex's hard left-footed shot for the Fire was saved by Robles in the 47th minute. New York flirted with a second score in the 64th, but Thierry Henry couldn't convert a pass from Dan Cahill in the penalty area.


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Grant Ward joins Chicago Fire on loan

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
3:00
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<P>Tottenham Hotspur youngster Grant Ward has joined Chicago Fire on loan, the MLS club announced Saturday.
 
<P>Ward, 19, already played for the Fire in preseason and scored twice in friendlies.
 
<P>Ward, who joined Tottenham Academy in July 2011, had surgery this month to repair a broken bone in his foot.
 
<P>"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player," Fire coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "I watched him play in England, and throughout our preseason training camp, Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury."
 
<P>Ward will stay in England until he recovers from his injury, but Chicago expects him to play later this year.
 
<P>"Grant's injury is an unfortunate one but we fully expect him to bounce back," Fire technical rirector Brian Bliss said in a statement. "We saw the type of player Grant is while he was with us during preseason, and we're here to support and do what we can to help him get back to full fitness so he can join us later this season."

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Timbers hit back to draw with Fire

March, 14, 2014
Mar 14
5:29
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Gaston Fernandez is making the most of his new job with the Portland Timbers.

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The Argentine forward came to the Timbers earlier this year and already he has two goals -- both equalizers -- in Portland's first two games of the season.

On Sunday, it was a goal that rebounded off Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 79th minute to pull the Timbers to a 1-1 draw with the Fire.

"He's one of these guys who gets himself into great spots,'' Portland coach Caleb Porter said. "He's not the biggest guy, but he's smart.''


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Chivas opens new era with win

March, 9, 2014
Mar 9
5:13
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CARSON, Calif. -- Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales' corner kick in the 88th minute, and Chivas USA beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 in a Major League Soccer opener Sunday.

Chivas, playing its first game under Wilmer Cabrera and first since the MLS purchased the franchise rights from Club Deportivo Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara, blew a two-goal advantage before the 6-foot-4 Burling outjumped Chicago's defense for the winner.

"It's a little disappointing to give up a two-goal lead at home, but the guys battled back and didn't give up," said Burling, who had scored only once before in MLS, nearly four years ago, also on a header from a corner kick. "One last push for a goal, and Mauro put the ball right on the money. I had to do the easy part, run through it, pretty much."


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Fire open preseason with victory

February, 2, 2014
Feb 2
3:55
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The Chicago Fire opened their preseason schedule with a 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast University in Ave Maria, Fla. on Sunday.

Giuseppe Gentile, a recent addition to the team, scored the game’s only goal in first-half stoppage time.

The Fire return to Chicago on Sunday evening before returning to Florida to train at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., from Feb. 5-12. While in Florida they will twice face D.C. United on Feb. 8 and Feb. 12 and take on USL-PRO side Orlando City SC on Feb. 11.

The Fire’s first regular-season game comes on the road vs. Chivas USA on Sunday, March 9. Opening Day at Toyota Park is Sunday, March 23 against the New York Red Bulls.

Fire add to midfield, get ready for camp

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
4:00
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The Chicago Fire looked to shore up the midfield in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday, taking three midfielders, Zach Bolden (61st overall), Kadeem Dacres (65th) and Naperville native Bryan Ciesiulka (75th).

“We have selected three players in Zach, Kadeem and Bryan that we feel can come in and compete for a place on our roster,” the team said in a statement.” They performed well in their collegiate careers and display qualities that we feel can fit in our system and we’re looking forward to having all three players join us for preseason.”

Bolden played for the University of Denver, leading the Summit League in both goals (10) and assists (9) in his senior year for which he was voted Summit League Offensive Player of the Year. Dacres, the 2013 American East Midfielder of the Year, spent the final two seasons of his collegiate career with the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country

Ciesiulka, a Chicago Fire Academy alum, played at Marquette and was named Co-Big East Midfielder of the Year. He was 2009 Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year when he led Neuqua Valley High School to a perfect regular season record.

The Fire’s preseason training opens Saturday with entrance physicals and medical exams before leaving for camp in Ave Maria, Fla. on Sunday.

Fire draft UC Irvine's Franco

January, 16, 2014
Jan 16
4:54
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The Chicago Fire selected Marco Franco from the University of California Irvine with the 13th pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

“Marco is a competent, good player and had a solid showing at the Combine,” Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop said. “He is versatile, good athletically and is a good at distributing the ball. He fulfills a need that we wanted to fill and we look forward to having him join the team in preseason.”

Franco, the Big West Defender of the Year, started all 23 matches and served as captain in his senior season with the Anteaters, who won the conference title and made the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

The Philadelphia Union selected goalkeeper Andre Blake of UConn with the the No. 1 pick. Blake is the first-ever goalie selected with the top pick.

Brian Bliss named Fire's technical director

December, 6, 2013
12/06/13
12:17
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The Chicago Fire announced Friday that Brian Bliss has been named the club’s technical director.

“Brian brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and will be a tremendous asset to the technical staff,” Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said. “Brian has been involved with MLS for many years and has a proven track record of building championship-caliber squads. I’m excited to add Brian’s expertise to the Fire and look forward to working alongside him.”

Bliss joins the Fire after six years serving as the technical cirector of the Columbus Crew. On Sept. 2, 2013 Bliss was appointed interim head coach of the Crew, where he led the club to a 4-4-0 record to close out the 2013 season.

Fire's Mike Magee named MLS MVP

December, 5, 2013
12/05/13
5:40
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Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was named the 2013 MLS Most Valuable Player, the league announced Thursday.

Magee, 29, had a career-best season, scoring 21 goals, second in the league. He was traded midseason from the LA Galaxy to his hometown Chicago Fire but his performance was unwavered -- he netted six goals with the defending MLS Cup champs, then scored 15 in 22 games with the Fire.

Magee's weighted vote total (98.81) beat out two established international goalscorers -- former Galaxy teammate Robbie Keane (58.56) and Montreal top scorer Marco Di Vaio (35.42).

Chicago's Mike Magee named MVP

December, 5, 2013
12/05/13
10:34
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Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was named the 2013 MLS Most Valuable Player, the league announced Thursday.

AP Photo/Chicago FireMike Magee was named 2013 MLS MVP.

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Klinsmann picks Johnson for U.S. roster

November, 11, 2013
11/11/13
1:17
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Chicago Fire goalie Sean Johnson has been selected by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to play for the U.S. Men’s National Team in its upcoming international friendlies, The U.S. will play Scotland on Friday at Hampden Park in Glasgow at 2:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2) and Austria on Nov. 19 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna at 1:45 p.m. CT.

For more on the roster, read the complete story.

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