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Fire Remain Winless, Draw New England 1-1

On one hand, the team is not losing.  On the other hand, it has not emerged victorious from a 2014 regular season match. A reported crowd of 15,743 made its way out to Toyota Park for the rare opportunity to watch two Chicago soccer matches from the comfort of the same seat.  Following the Fire's 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution, the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League began i ...

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Bears Mock Draft – Three Weeks Left

This is not what I would do, this is what I think Phil Emery will do 3 weeks from tonight. Guiding Principles  1. Big and Athletic   We know that Emery likes big athletic players who are going to be able to win physically at the NFL level. His history as a strength and conditioning coach seems to have an impact on his scouting as he leans towards players that have the physical upside to dominate at the NFL ...

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The Bears Defensive Big Board

These rankings are specific to the Bears and I tried to take in to account, need, system, value and risk when compiling them. Run the Pick Up 1. DE Jadaveon Clowney [South Carolina]   I am sure concerns about Clowney's attitude are real and that he comes off as not working hard because he won the genetic lottery, but he is a rare talent. Clowney will not be anywhere near where the Bears are picking so there ...

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Breaking Down Alexei Ramirez’s Hot Start

Alexei Ramirez is hotter than a summer's day in Pinar Del Rio. Entering into Sunday's affair with the Cleveland Indians, Ramirez was posting a slashline of .413/.460/.630 (211 wRC+). Ramirez was the hero of Sunday with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 9th to lift the Sox over the Indians 4-3. This April is quite the turnaround from previous Alexei Aprils. 2013:  281/316/382 (689 OPS) 2012: 207/322/2 ...

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Fire Draw Fifth Straight, Earn Point in Montreal

The Fire headed to Olympic Stadium in Montreal having earned a result in four straight contests after the season-opening 3-2 loss to Chivas USA.  After a hard-fought contest, the Fire will return to Chicago without a win in 2014.  At 0-1-5, the Fire sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind the fifth place Philadelphia Union.  It was the first match in which the club faced former c ...

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Fire Renegotiate Magee Contract, Loan Gentile to Charlotte

The Fire made a pair of announcements Thursday, including the signing of reigning MVP Mike Magee to a new contract and the loaning of Giuseppe Gentile to the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Professional Division. It was reported during the preseason that Magee's absence from camp was due to holding out for a new contract.  While the club denied the rumors, Magee's new contract is thought to include a sizable in ...

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The Phil Emery Draft Checklist

Phil Emery Draft Checklist   1. Athletic   He has shown that he values athletic ability more than anything and with the amount that he talks about his athletic index it gives credence to its importance in his evaluation process. His draft picks have been mostly guys who have shown athletic ability on the field and in the offseason testing process.    Emery's histroy as a strength and conditioning coach seem ...

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All Red Stars Games to be Broadcasted On YouTube; Club Announces Roster

Chicago area soccer fans will be able to watch more than one local team from the comfort of their homes this year, as the National Women's Soccer League announced Wednesday that all of the 2014 season will be broadcast on YouTube.  YouTube broadcasts have been a growing trend among sports leagues, including the National Lacrosse League and the NBA D-League. The league expanded to nine teams for the 2014 sea ...

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Fire Trade Chris Rolfe to D.C. United

The Fire announced Wednesday that the team had traded forward Chris Rolfe to D.C. United for allocation money. Rolfe was originally drafted by the Fire in 2005 and returned to the team in 2012 after a stint with Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga. Rolfe's playing time had been limited since the acquisition of fellow forward Mike Magee during the 2013 season.  "It’s always difficult to part ways with someone ...

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