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Like it has been all season, the Toyota Park playing surface was poor Saturday night. To keep pace, the Fire also did a couple of things they’ve been known to do this year. Lovel Palmer scored in the 11th minute but Dwayne De Rosario equalized in the 89th, and the Fire tied Toronto FC 1-1 in front of a season-high announced crowd of 18,691. The Fire (5-7-15, 30 points) stayed seven points out of the final playoff spot with seven games left. The Fire could have gained more ground, but they were once again haunted by a missed penalty kick … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:32:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa challenged by partner switches ]]>

The Fire have tried to make forward Quincy Amarikwa a star on their website. He has engaged in so-called “#QuincyTime” challenges, such as attempting to hit batting-practice home runs at a local high school or trying to beat goalie Sean Johnson in a penalty shootout. On the field, Amarikwa actually has faced a bigger task — trying to click in a rotating array of partnerships at forward. Among others, Amarikwa has been paired with Mike Magee, Juan Luis Anangono, Harry Shipp, Matthew Fondy, Robert Earnshaw and Sanna Nyassi and soon could team with Florent Sinama-Pongolle. That’s a trend that will … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:12:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire’s Mike Magee out 6-8 months after hip surgery ]]> Lead story image

Mike Magee’s first season in Chicago ended with an MVP award and the status as the face of the Fire. His second season has ended with surgery and questions. The Fire announced Tuesday that Magee is out for the year after undergoing hip surgery Monday. Magee, 30, is expected to be out six to eight months. The procedure fixed a labrum injury and repaired articular surface damage. Before the surgery, Magee missed nine of the Fire’s 26 MLS games because of injury. And because of the announced timeframe of Magee’s recovery, it’s possible he’ll miss time next season. “It’s unfortunate … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:48:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire’s Matt Watson making mark in midfield ]]> Lead story image

Matt Watson might have been affected more than anybody else if the Fire had landed Jermaine Jones. Once he got fit, the German-American midfielder would have been inserted into the starting lineup and quite possibly in Watson’s spot. But Watson still wanted the Fire (5-6-14, 29 points) to acquire Jones, thinking more about what he would mean for the team than himself. “He has characteristics that definitely would have helped us,” Watson said. “He’s very physical, and he’s very much a battler and it’s really something that when you’re scrapping for the playoffs, it’s an important thing to have. He’s … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:33:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire’s Logan Pause retires ]]> Lead story image

The Fire’s longest-tenured player is calling it a career. ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko closer to returning ]]> Lead story image

It was a late appearance in a reserve game, but Patrick Nyarko’s entrance in the 70th minute Sunday could have large implications for the Fire the rest of the season. Nyarko (sprained right knee)hasn’t appeared in a first-team match since May 18. Without one of their most experienced midfielders, the Fire have struggled to create scoring chances. Fire coach Frank Yallop compared Nyarko’s impending return to a new signing. It would also be welcome for Nyarko, who hadn’t played fewer than 27 games since his rookie year in 2008. “Obviously, I would have loved to get back quicker and get … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:22:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ More late heroics for Robert Earnshaw in Fire’s 1-0 win ]]> Lead story image

There’s been plenty of discussion around the Fire about the players they didn’t get this summer. They didn’t acquire midfielder Jermaine Jones thanks to a blind draw, and a deal to bring in forward Silvio Romero fell through at the last minute before the transfer window closed. But the Fire did get forward Robert Earnshaw, and the free-agent signing paid dividends again Saturday night. Earnshaw’s goal in the 83rd minute gave the Fire a 1-0 win over FC Dallas (12-8-6, 42 points). Signed Aug. 15, Earnshaw has scored as a substitute in both of his appearances for the Fire, who … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:31:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire coach Frank Yallop tries to move forward after losing out on Jones ]]>

Fire coach Frank Yallop believes in honesty. When he or his players haven’t been good enough, he has said so. So while the franchise recovers from losing Jermaine Jones to the New England Revolution via a blind draw, Yallop isn’t hiding from the disappointment. Yallop’s view of the Fire goes beyond this season. He knows that at 4-6-14 with 26 points and outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture entering the game Saturday night against FC Dallas (12-7-6, 42 points), the team once again isn’t living up to the standards set years ago. Save for a couple of exceptions, the … ]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 01:14:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire seeking spark from forward Robert Earnshaw ]]> Lead story image

The never-ending Jermaine Jones saga has overshadowed much of what has happened to the Fire in the last few weeks. Each news item and piece of discussion about the Fire has focused on how Jones would or wouldn’t help fix one of their many deficiencies. But whether Jones eventually finds himself at Toyota Park or not, the Fire need to figure out a way to address one of their most glaring  issues: scoring. When the Fire play Saturday at Toronto, they’ll be trying to score more than one goal in a Major League Soccer game for the first time since … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:11:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lowly Impact edge Fire ]]> Lead story image

MONTREAL — Forward Marco Di Vaio broke a scoreless deadlock late on Saturday night at Stade Saputo to give the Montreal Impact their fourth win of the season, 1-0 against the Fire. The Impact (4-14-5, 17 points) stay bottom of the East, but they finally snapped a seven-game losing streak. The Fire (4-6-13, 25 points) remain in ninth place, having scored one goal or fewer for the ninth consecutive MLS game. Di Vaio came through in the 84th minute after Maxim Tissot’s pass found rookie left back Eric Miller on a rare foray forward. The ball bounced for Di Vaio … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:30:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fire routed by Sounders 6-0 in U.S. Open Cup semifinal ]]>

The Fire didn’t have Mike Magee, and now they don’t have a chance to win the U.S. Open Cup. Though the way the Fire played, Magee probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Chad Barrett opened the scoring, Andy Rose and Kenny Cooper tallied twice and Obafemi Martins also scored as the Seattle Sounders humbled the Fire 6-0 on Wednesday night in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in Tukwila, Washington. The Sounders, who lead the MLS, didn’t dress Clint Dempsey but move on to face the Philadelphia Union for the tournament title. The Fire were trying for their fifth Open Cup … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:34:00 -0500