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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

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 head coach made...

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

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 minor changes to...

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...

I Don’t Know

Oh hi! I’m Jiggly. And it’s a Tuesday. I said both on Sad Bois and in my predictions that May was going to be a good month for the Fire. That, apparently, was a lie. The Chicago Fire went almost a full month without a goal from April 13th to...

(Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports)

Down river: St. Louis CITY 3, Chicago Fire 1

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — On a balmy spring night on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis CITY compounded the Chicago Fire’s state of misery with a crushing 3-1 win. The home team was dominant from start to finish, extending the Fire’s winless run to five games before an...

Chicago Fire soccer player Arnaud Souqeut advances the ball during a soccer game against St. Louis City FC

Fire at St. Louis City: Tactics and Starting XI

After a three match homestand that was rendered distinctly anhedonic for hometown fans by the Fire’s inability to score a goal during the stretch, the team is back on the road to face their nearest – and newest – MLS neighbor in St. Louis City, a developing rival that the...

Though the current roster doesn't have room for more signings, the Fire will likely make another homegrown signing before too long. (via Barbara Calabrese/MIR97 Media)

Who will be the Chicago Fire’s next homegrown?

The American soccer world was shaken today by the biggest and arguably most important homegrown signing in MLS history when 14-year-old Cavan Sullivan was unveiled as a Philadelphia Union player. The young attacking midfielder is widely regarded as the best player of his age group in the world, the most...

Two soccer players go for the ball during a rainy soccer game

Fire vs. New England: Tactics and Starting XI

Before the start of the Fire’s current three-game homestand, I wrote that the team should be looking for seven points out of the three: Although five would likely put the team high enough in the standings to be in one of the playoff spots, given the homefield advantage, the Fire...

Two soccer players jostle for the ball during a game

Fire at Atlanta: Tactics and Starting XI 

The phrase “must-win” is a cliché but with Atlanta winless in their last three – since their 3-0 thrashing of the Fire – and with the Fire looking to bounce back from their worst home loss in seven years – tonight’s matchup is as close to a “must win” game...

(Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports)

Real Bad: Chicago Fire 0, Real Salt Lake 4

The Fire hosted Real Salt Lake, looking to begin a three-game homestand on the right foot. A week earlier, they were unable to capitalize on being up a man for more than a half, settling for a goalless draw in New York against the Red Bulls. Instead, the Fire were...

(via Chicago Fire FC)

Quest Over: Fire II 0-1 Indy Eleven

The Fire II faced off against Indy Eleven in one of the first competitive matches in history between MLS Next Pro, technically a third division league, and the second division USL Championship in SeatGeek stadium and came up short, falling 0-1 and ending the team’s Quest for the Cup. The...

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