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Fire Name Klopas Head Coach

After firing Carlos de los Cobos mid-season, Frank Klopas was named the interim head coach of the Chicago Fire.  After turning the team around from a last-place club to mere points out of the playoffs in a season that featured a 7-3-2 run at its conclusion, Klopas had the interim tag removed and is now remaining the head coach of the Chicago Fire. The press conference was held today, and you can listen to i ...

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MLS Passes NBA, NHL, in Average Attendance

The Major League Soccer regular season, that has proved to be the most successful in leagues history, has ended.  The league can no longer be ignored.  What will shock some people, but seem obvious to others, is that the MLS per-game attendance from this season was great enough to surpass those of the NBA and the NHL (using their 2010-11 season's figures).  Even more surprising to some, is that there is ano ...

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Fire Fall to Seattle in Finals

  The Fire were vying for their record 5th U.S. Open Cup Championship Tuesday, but the Sounders aspirations to become the first team to win three consecutive championships in 42 years proved greater.  Seattle seemed to dominate most of the game, with the exception of a few lengths of Fire control.  However, after Seattle hitthe goalpost, the Fire and Sounders found themselves tied at the end of the 1st ...

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The Finals: Chicago Fire @ Seattle Sounders FC Preview

This is it.  The Fire play one more regular season match Saturday against the Houston Dynamo before the biggest game of the season to date.  They play in a win or go home Championship game for a Cup that clubs have contested for since 1914.  It is the U.S. Open Cup Finals, the Super Bowl of American Soccer as a whole (as opposed to the MLS Cup which is only open to Major League Soccer clubs). The Fire have ...

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The Growing Venue Problem in Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States.  Simple, right? We should have venues that provide that big-market capacity to boast our teams, and revenues. But we don't, and the numbers are quite surprising. America's #1 sport, Football, and #1 professional sport, the NFL, cater to the smallest capacity in the entire NFL. Can there be a correlation to why the Bears fall short and have the least in ...

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Manchester United beats Fire 3-1 in friendly at Soldier Field

Manchester United scored twice within six minutes to beat the Fire 3-1 in a friendly at Soldier Field. Defender Rafael gave the Red Devils their first lead of Saturday's clash as he lined a tight shot down the goal line past backup goalie Jon Conway in the 76th minute. Six minutes later, second half substitute Nani made it 3-1 when Conway was caught off guard after Nani picked up a loose ball and beat the F ...

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Chicago Fire Make A Coaching Change

The Chicago Fire have fired head coach Carlos de los Cobos after the club started their 2011 season with just 1 win in 11 games, and no MLS season victories since March (though they have won U.S. Open Cup games since then). The Fire sit in 8th place in the 9 team Eastern Conference, ahead of only Sporting Kansas City, who had signed NFL player Chad Ochocinco to a reserve team deal in the off-season. Replaci ...

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Chicago Fire Land Defender Jalil Anibaba in MLS Draft

The Fire have snatched up a very notable defender in the 2011 MLS Superdraft hosted in Baltimore. Article from ChicagoBreakingSports.Com The Fire landed a highly regarded defender Thursday in the Major League Soccer draft, but Jalil Anibaba said his first objective is to listen and learn. "I'm now a rookie and no longer a veteran," Anibaba, 22, said via conference call from draft headquarters in Baltimore. ...

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