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Mar 2, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire FC midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (10) controls the ball in the first half against the FC Cincinnati at Soldier Field.

MLS Announces Mid-Season Roster Rule Changes

Major League Soccer announced roster rule changes, effective immediately, just as the league’s summer transfer window opens. Although none of the changes are major, taken together, they give teams significantly more flexibility with how they construct their roster. Unfortunately for the Fire a second buyout, which had previously been mulled...

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Fire at FC Cincinnati: Tactics and Starting XI 

The Fire travel to face Supporters Shield-leading FC Cincinnati on Wednesday. Normally, facing the team with the best record in their own building is a recipe for disaster, but FC Cincinnati have seemed utterly human at home, notching a 6W-2D-4L record at TQL Stadium this season. Winning will still be...

Close in shot of Chicago Fire player Xherdan Shaqiri during a game

Xherdan Shaqiri not back with Fire after Euros

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has not yet returned from the European Championships. The Designated Player was a part of the Swiss Nati team that reached the quarterfinals of the Euros, but he was not training with the Fire in their first training session this week. The...

Slonina played with the Fire first team from 2017-2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Mihailovic, Slonina called up for Olympics

The United States are headed to the Olympics in men's soccer for the first time since 2008, and two Chicago Fire academy graduates will be a part of the 18-man squad. Djordje Mihailovic of Lemont and Gaga Slonina of Addison will be those representatives, though neither are still with the...

Jul 3, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; Chicago Fire midfielder Gaston Gimenez (30) controls the ball against San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jamiro Monteiro (35) during the first half at PayPal Park.

Fire at San Jose: Tactics and Starting XI 

The Fire won a hard-fought, come-from behind battle against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, in a match where the team gave hints about the next steps in its tactical evolution.  On Sunday, they face a San Jose Earthquakes side that’s on the ropes, with just three wins and two draws...

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Fireworks: Chicago Fire 4, Philadelphia Union 3

CHICAGO, Ill. — Tonight’s 4th of July fireworks paled in comparison to the ones that played out on the Soldier Field pitch. If was there that the Chicago Fire earned a 4-3 home win over the Philadelphia Union, exercising late-game heroics against a struggling but talented team. Hugo Cuypers scored...

Feb 24, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Union midfielder Quinn Sullivan (33) controls the ball in front of Chicago Fire FC goalkeeper Chris Brady (34) during the second half at Subaru Park.

Fire vs Philadelphia: Tactics and Starting XI 

After a disappointing loss in second-half stoppage time, the Fire remain in the 15th and final place in MLS’s Eastern Conference, and are now six points behind Atlanta and Toronto for the final postseason spots.  The team has strange company on the outside of the postseason picture in the Philadelphia...

Jul 16, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Fire defender Rafael Czichos (5) reacts after scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders during the first half at Soldier Field.

Fire at Seattle: Tactics and Starting XI

The Fire have done it: They’ve finally found a way to the bottom of the table after years spent mostly towards – but never actually at, at least this late in the season – the bottom. Yet the team is also just three points removed from the 9th and final...

Dowd was the sixth overall pick after bringing Notre Dame to the NCAA Championship game last season. (via Barbara Calabrese)

Bryan Dowd loaned to Huntsville City

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Bryan Dowd has been loaned to Huntsville City SC of MLS Next Pro for the remainder of the 2024 season, the club confirmed this morning. Huntsville is the reserve team for Nashville SC. Dowd, a former Chicago Fire Academy goalkeeper, was selected sixth overall in the MLS...

Facundo Torres (10) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Fire FC in the first half at Inter&Co Stadium. (Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

Spell Broken: Orlando City 4, Chicago Fire 1

For the second year in a row, the Fire traveled to Orlando early in the summer hoping to turn two convincing wins into a three game winning streak. The Fire outshot and out-chanced their opponent, but for the second year in a row, Orlando played the spoiler, this time dispatching...

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...

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