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Pineda has been with the club since leaving UNC in 2020. (via Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports)

Mauricio Pineda set to become MLS centurion

Mauricio Pineda has the opportunity to make history when the Chicago Fire visit Orlando City today. With his next start, the 26-year-old defender will become the first homegrown player in club history to make 100 MLS starts, and all indications are that he’ll get the nod at Exploria Stadium on...

May 29, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Orlando City SC midfielder Facundo Torres (10) and Chicago Fire FC midfielder Brian Gutierrez (17) battle for control of the ball at Soldier Field.

Fire at Orlando: Tactics and Starting XI

On average across the league, MLS teams win about half their games at home and about a quarter on the road, with draws filling in the rest. The Fire are slightly underperforming the road average – it took until their eighth road game of the season for the team to...

(Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports)

Catching Fire: Toronto FC 1, Chicago Fire 4

Are things finally beginning to click for the Chicago Fire? The Men in Red left Toronto this evening with something they haven’t in 12 years: three points. An offensive explosion secured a 4-1 win against a high-flying TFC side, and moved them to within two points of a playoff place....

(Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

Czichos, Navarro Receiving U.S. Green Cards

The Chicago Fire will enter the 2024 summer window with increased roster flexibility as both defender Rafa Czichos and midfielder Fede Navarro are achieving permanent U.S. residency. The Fire used the international break as an opportunity for Czichos and Navarro to complete their green card interviews, a process which has...

Fire vs. Toronto: Tactics and Starting XI

The Fire entered the international break on a three game undefeated streak and finished the first half of the season with a flourish in the form of a win over the L.A. Galaxy. Despite the results, the team is actually closer to the bottom of the standings than they were...

(Melissa Tamez-USA TODAY Sports)

At Last: Chicago Fire 2, L.A. Galaxy 1

CHICAGO, Ill. — For the first time in nearly two months, the Chicago FIre won a soccer game. Goals from Hugo Cuypers and Brian Gutiérrez fuelled a thrilling comeback against the high-flying L.A. Galaxy on a rainy June night at Soldier Field. Frank Klopas stuck with the five-back system that...

Chicago Fire players on pitch after LA Galaxy goal

Fire vs. L.A. Galaxy: Tactics and Starting XI

The Fire have one more chance before the international break – and the halfway point of their season – to find their third win of the season, but to do so, they’ll have to get past an L.A. Galaxy team that went from second last in the Western Conference in...

(Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

Still waiting: Chicago Fire 1, Orlando City 1

CHICAGO, Ill. — The Chicago Fire’s winless run was extended to nine games tonight after a fairly forgettable Wednesday 1-1 draw with Orlando City at Soldier Field. Frank Klopas’ lineup was almost unchanged, with Jonathan Dean replacing suspended Allan Arigoni in the only swap from Saturday’s draw at D.C. United....

(Melissa Tamez-USA TODAY Sports)

In-form Carlos Terán hoping to energize Fire

15 games into the Major League Soccer season, the Chicago Fire find themselves in a familiar position: struggling to consistently put the ball in the net and well below the playoff line in the midst of an eight-game winless run. A bright spot of this miserable start, however, has been...

(via Chicago Fire FC)

Fire vs. Orlando: Tactics and Starting XI 

With two games before the team closes the books on the first half of the season, the Fire look for their third win against Orlando City, a team that many picked to finish at or near the top of the Eastern Conference and compete for hardware but who have fallen...

(Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports)

Filibustered: D.C. United 1, Chicago Fire 1

The Chicago Fire ended their four-game losing skid tonight, but couldn't manage to secure three points as they tied D.C. United on the road, 1-1. Goals from Christopher McVey and Kellyn Acosta either side of halftime filled out the scoresheet. The storylines started in the hours leading up to kickoff...

Two soccer players jostle for the ball during a game

Fire at D.C.: Tactics and Starting XI

In the main match preview, I noted that D.C. has the second longest active playoff drought in the league, after the Fire, and in trying to get back to the postseason, they essentially pursued opposite strategies: The Fire made more changes to the squad, particularly at the top end, bringing...

Brady won the Golden Glove at the 2022 U-20 Championship, helping the U.S. qualify for the Paris Olympics. (via U.S. Soccer)

Brady, Gutiérrez aiming for Team USA Olympic spots

This summer, for the first time since 2008, the United States will compete in men’s soccer at the Olympics. Unfortunately, for this generation of unprecedented American talent, only 18 players will make the final cut for Paris. The Chicago Fire’s two brightest young stars – Chris Brady and Brian Gutiérrez...

(Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Groundhog Day: Chicago Fire 1, Columbus Crew 3

CHICAGO, Ill. — The Fire's nightmare start to 2024 continued with yet another home loss, this time to the Columbus Crew, 3-1. Entering the match, one thing was certain: change was needed. Klopas’ team were winless in six and had failed to score in four straight at home. The under-pressure...

A Colmubus Crew player anglesf or the ball against Chicago Fire players Fabian Herbers and Mauricio Pineda during a soccer game

Fire vs Columbus: Tactics and Starting XI

After the loss in St. Louis, Frank Klopas and Xherdan Shaqiri both mentioned that it was still “early” in the season, causing me to do a bit of math.  With two matches coming up that week, if the Fire won both, they’d have to be a slightly-better-than-average MLS team for...

(Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

Going Stale: Chicago Fire 0, Charlotte FC 1

CHICAGO, Ill. — The hapless Chicago Fire's miserable start to the 2024 season continued on a forgettable Wednesday night at Soldier Field as they lost to Charlotte FC, 1-0. Aiming to respond to a weeks-long skid that has the Fire winless in five, under-pressure head coach Frank Klopas only made...

Shaqiri is in the final year of his three-year $24 million deal. (via Melissa Tamez-USA TODAY Sports)

Fire Have Third-Highest Payroll in MLS

The Chicago Fire have the third-highest roster spend in Major League Soccer, according to this spring’s MLS Players Association (MLSPA) salary release. The full list was briefly published on the MLSPA website earlier today, but will be re-released Thursday. According to the numbers posted, only Inter Miami, bolstered by DPs...

two soccer players josttle for the ball during an MLS game

Fire vs Charlotte: Tactics and Starting XI

The Fire are back home for the first of two matches this week. Looking for just their third win of the season – and first in more than a month – the team’s first midweek match of the season comes against Charlotte, a team that has been humming under new...

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