Chicago Fire: 2013 Regular Season

Fire's Mike Magee named MLS MVP

December, 5, 2013
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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).
Frank Yallop is set to be named the new manager of the Chicago Fire, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPNFC.com.

Yallop's imminent hiring comes just a day after Frank Klopas was let go as the Fire's manager, and just four months after he parted company with the San Jose Earthquakes. Goal.com first reported Yallop's hiring.

Klopas' departure was part of a management purge by Fire owner Andrew Hauptman with Chicago's President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon also on his way out.

Yallop is a two-time MLS Coach of the Year, who won two MLS Cups and one Supporters Shield in two different stints with the Earthquakes. He has also spent time as manager of Canada's national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy. His career record in MLS stands at 158-141-99.

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Power Rankings: Fire slip two spots

September, 23, 2013
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A 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew dropped the Fire two spots in the MLS Power Rankings this week.

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Power Rankings: Fire at No. 10

September, 9, 2013
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The Fire have been struggling to close games, but still make the Top Ten in the MLS Power Rankings.

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Late goal gives Dynamo tie with Fire

September, 1, 2013
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Adam Moffat scored in the 90th minute and Tally Hall made seven saves to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire in MLS play on Sunday.

Moffat, a midfielder who had moved deep into the offensive play, took defender Corey Ashe's backheel pass in the left side of the penalty area and shot it high over Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson's outstretched left hand.

The tie, the second between the squads this season, moved Houston (10-8-7) into a tie with New England (10-9-7) for the fifth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Each squad has 37 points, and Houston has a match in hand. Chicago (10-10-5) has 35 points.

Until Moffat's goal, the Dynamo had only a few good chances. Johnson batted away a hard shot from Andrew Driver in the 86th minute, his third save of the game, and most difficult since the fifth minute, when he stretched to make a toe save on Will Bruin's low shot.

Fire forward Mike Magee started Chicago's scoring play with a corner kick from the left in the 36th minute. The ball flew over the head of jumping midfielder Jeff Larentowicz and hit defender Bobby Boswell in the shoulder, deflecting in from about eight yards out.

While it went in off an opposing player, the score climaxed a furious sequence that saw Chicago take four shots at Houston from no more than 16 yards in less than three minutes. The first, by Chris Rolfe, skidded wide of the net, but Hall was forced to make saves on Magee and Dilly Duka, the latter stop setting up the corner kick.

It was Chicago's first goal scored directly off a corner this season.

Fire shut out Kansas City

August, 23, 2013
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Defender Hunter Jumper scored, Sean Johnson made four saves and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Friday night.

The Fire's win was their third in their past four matches and moved them to .500 (10-10-4) for the season with 34 points in the Eastern Conference.

Sporting K.C. fell to 11-9-6 and remains tied with New York on top of the East with 39 points.

Jumper, in only his second appearance of the season, found his way into the goal box and headed a pass from Mike Magee past Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen while on his knees.

Hunter was about a foot off the ground when he scored. The goal, in the 13th minute, finished off a furious offensive start for the Fire.

Kansas City, with striker Claudio Bieler on the bench after a five-match scoreless streak, failed to rally.

In earning his fourth shutout of the season, Johnson turned back midfielder Graham Zusi's bouncing shot from near the penalty kick spot in the 54th minute and defender Seth Sinovic's 5-yard kick in the 84th minute.

Chicago nearly had a second goal in the 72nd minute, but Nielsen got a fingertip on substitute Patrick Nyarko's hard shot and deflected it off the crossbar.

The Fire played with Mike Matkovich as acting head coach. Head coach Frank Klopas was serving a suspension for his ejection from last Saturday's loss at New England.

Juan Agudelo's wonder goal leads Revs

August, 19, 2013
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Juan Agudelo returned to the lineup for the Revolution after a two-month injury absence and scored a dazzling goal in the 54th minute to lead New England to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

Kelyn Rowe banged in a rebound of a Saer Sene drive in the 91st minute for New England's second goal.

The 20-year old Agudelo took a long, looping pass from midfielder Chris Tierney and nudged a one-touch volley over on-charging Chicago goalie Sean Johnson, while Fire defender Bakary Soumare was unable to keep the ball from crossing the goal line with a dive into the net. Agudelo missed eight matches while recovering from a right knee sprain.

New England ended a two-match winless and scoreless streak, improving to 9-9-6 on the season, 5-4-3 at home. Chicago (9-10-4) had its four-match (3-0-1) unbeaten streak end, being shut out on the road for the fifth time this season. The Fire had scored in 12 consecutive matches.

Chicago, which has scored just eight goals in 11 (2-6-3) road matches this season, nearly took the lead in the 18th minute when Mike Magee's shot from the right shot banged off the goal post and his rebound shot was clutched by New England goalie Matt Reis, making his first start since March 23.

Agudelo's goal snapped a scoreless streak of 261 minutes by New England and was his fourth goal in six matches with New England since being acquired from Chivas USA in May. Agudelo signed a contract with Stoke City of the English Premiership and will join the Potters in January.

Whitecaps pull away from Fire after half

July, 14, 2013
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Camilo scored two goals six minutes apart to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Camilo leads MLS with 12 goals this season. Second-half substitute Kekuta Manneh also scored for the Whitecaps (8-7-6) as they extended their unbeaten streak to a club record six games.

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Sporting KC score 2 early, beat Fire

July, 7, 2013
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi scored in the first eight minutes, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Sunday, snapping Chicago's three-match winning streak.

The victory was only Kansas City's second in the past seven matches, giving SKC 30 points.

Kansas City's two goals were scored 2 minutes, 14 seconds apart.

Feilhaber scored his first of the season in the sixth minute, hammering a right-footed shot from 16 yards when a throw-in by defender Matt Besler deflected off two players and ended up at his feet.

Chicago goalkeeper Paulo Tornaghi couldn't stop that shot, and seemed surprised by midfielder Zusi's nonchalant 20-yard shot soon after. It curled over Tornaghi and into the upper right-hand corner.

Mike Magee cut the margin to 2-1 in the 38th minute.

Chris Rolfe's late goal boosts Fire

July, 5, 2013
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.

Patrick Nyarko and Dilly Duka also scored for the Fire (6-7-3).

On the winning score, Rolfe's second goal of the season came from about 8 yards out, set up by Mike Magee's pass between two defenders. About 12 minutes earlier, an own goal by Chicago's Loel Lindpere had tied the score.

Alan Gordon put the Earthquakes (5-8-6) ahead in the 14th minute, beating Chicago goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi on a header rebound after his first header caromed off the crossbar.

Duka tied it on a volley from 12 yards out in the 36th minute and Nyarko made it 2-1 on a low drive from 9 yards out in the 47th.

San Jose dropped to 2-5-1 in its last eight matches.

The Fire carried its fine league form into the U.S. Open Cup, dispatching Orlando City 5-1. A pair of home games against San Jose and Sporting Kansas City presents Chicago with a huge opportunity to climb back into the playoff places.

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Magee scores winner as Fire beat Crew

June, 22, 2013
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mike Magee had the winning goal and Joel Lindpere had two assists to help the Chicago Fire rally in the second half for a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

Lindpere found former Crew midfielder Dilly Duka at the far post for a right-footed stab that tied the game 1-1 in the 52nd minute.

Two minutes later, Lindpere assisted on Magee's 10th goal, sending a cross into the box that Magee chested into the goal.

Magee has scored in four league matches and six straight in all competitions since being acquired from Los Angeles in May.

The Fire (5-7-3) are 3-0-2 in their past five matches and have won six of the past seven against the Crew.

Federico Higuain scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute for Columbus (5-6-5).

Mike Magee helps Fire beat Rapids

June, 20, 2013
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Mike Magee scored on a penalty kick, Austin Berry headed in the tiebreaker in the opening minutes of the second half, and the Chicago Fire beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Magee tied the score in the 23rd minute with his fifth goal in five matches -- three in MLS play and two in the U.S. Open Cup. The goal was set up by Rapids defender Marvell Wynne's handball in the penalty area. Magee converted with a right-footed kick that beat goalkeeper Clint Irwin to his left.

Berry got the winning score in the second minute after halftime for the Fire (4-7-3). Chicago captain Jeff Larentowicz fed the ball in from outside the penalty area, and Berry was open in the right crease for the header, his first goal of the season.

Jamie Castrillon opened the scoring when he stripped the ball from Berry in Chicago's half of the field and scored on goalkeeper Sean Johnson on a 22-yard blast in the 17th minute to put Colorado (5-6-5) ahead. The Rapids lost their second straight and extended their winless stretch to 0-2-1.

The Rapids pressed hard during four minutes of stoppage time at the end, but forward Tony Cascio hit the right post from a yard out in the 91st minute, and forward Deshorn Brown was called for a handball to negate an apparent goal a minute later.

Irwin entered the game with a league-low 0.85 goals-against average, but was beaten twice in the first 47 minutes and was called on to make six saves in all. Johnson's single save was on Castrillon in the 38th minute.

Power Rankings: Fire stay at No. 15

June, 10, 2013
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The Fire continue to look like geniuses for obtaining Mike Magee, but still lag in the power rankings.

Read ESPN's MLS Power Rankings: Week 15

Power Rankings: Fire turnaround in sight?

June, 3, 2013
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Mike Magee paid instant dividends by scoring in his first league match for the Fire in a 2-0 win over D.C. United. Chicago still has a sizable hole to dig itself out of but looks to be better off with the arrivals of Magee and Bakary Soumare.

Read ESPN's MLS Power Rankings: Week 14

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