Posts by Jon Denham

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at Toronto FC #2

"That hunger to be out there and play is what I'm all about." ~Robert Earnshaw, on what he brings to CF97. Great. Let's see it!

“That hunger to be out there and play is what I’m all about.” ~Robert Earnshaw, on what he brings to CF97. Don’t tell me, show me, Robert.

OTF’s Jon Denham gets you ready for Saturday’s action north of the border, while The Yorkies return with an Earnshaw scouting report…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at New England Revolution #2

Can the Fire snatch anothe draw from the hands of victory or defeat? (Getty Images)

Can the Fire snatch another draw from the hands of victory or defeat? (Getty Images)

OTF’s Jon Denham welcomes UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug Matthew Fondy to the roster in the form of a letter, and Seth Macomber of The Bent Musket explains why he prefers the Revolution score first…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at Colorado Rapids

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Just how much traffic will there be in front of Sean Johnson, especially over the final 15 minutes when the game may be on the line? (photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham looks to the captain to step up as he returns to Colorado, while Emily Ainsworth brings the view from mile high…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew

MLS: Chicago Fire at Columbus Crew

Mike Magee and strike partner Quincy Amarikwa will take their attack to another depleted back line on Saturday (Photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham believes there are points to be taken from the road trip to Ohio, and Larry W. Johnson thinks his Crew are ripe for the picking…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City

Mike Magee will try and lead the team to consecutive wins on Sunday. (chicago-fire.com)

Mike Magee will try to lead the Fire to consecutive wins this Sunday. (Photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham thinks it will be a bumpy (but successful) ride on Sunday at Toyota Park, while Down the Byline’s Mike Kuhn tells us of a crippled Sporting Club…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls #2

A new combination of defenders behind Red may have to slow down the RBNY attack.  (photo: mlssoccer.com)

Perhaps a new combination of defenders behind Red will have to slow down the RBNY attack (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham stops shaking his head long enough to get you ready for Saturday, and Seeing Red’s Mark Fishkin is back to tell a turnaround story…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution

Things got interesting for the big guy the last time he met the Revs (photo: soccerbyives,net)

Will the big guy keep his cool versus the Revs this time around? (photo: soccerbyives.net)

OTF’s Jon Denham is here to explain why his glass is half full, while Seth Macomber of Total MLS provides a glimpse into the New England camp…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

Saturday's match is very much about what Frank Klopas is capable of...

Saturday’s match is very much about what Frank Klopas is capable of… (Photo: Getty Images)

OTF’s Jon Denham explains the ‘Frank’ situation and applauds the Magee signing, while Sofiane Benzaza returns to provide le dossier sur L’Impact…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union

Chris Rolfe's time in a Fire uniform has come to an end. The team returns to Toyota Park to face a few familiar foes on saturday. (photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chris Rolfe’s time in a Fire uniform has come to an end. Meanwhile, the team returns to Toyota Park to take on some familiar faces Saturday. (photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

OTF’s Jon Denham bids Chris Rolfe farewell, and Ed Welsh from Brotherly Game provides the latest from a club down by the river…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at D.C. United

I don't know why DC hasn't scored yet this year, either, Mikey!

I don’t know what’s going on in DC so far this year either, Mikey (photo: mlssoccer.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham looks back on the week that was in Fireland and gets you ready for Chicago’s trip to the nation’s capital, while Luis A. Perez, Jr. flies with his beloved Dirty Birds… Continue reading

Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls

Thierry Henry and friends come to Toyota Park for the Fire's third straight Sunday tilt.

Thierry Henry and friends come to Toyota Park for the Fire’s home opener, their third straight Sunday match.
(photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

OTF’s Jon Denham primes your pump before bundling up with Section 8 this weekend, and Mark Fishkin from Seeing Red provides the latest from out east…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at Portland Timbers

The Magic One clearly wants in on the action - we'll see if the medical staff, Frank Yallop, or the Timbers hold him off the score sheet on Sunday

The Magic One clearly wants in on the action. We’ll see if the medical staff, Frank Yallop, or the Timbers hold him off the score sheet on Sunday (photo: chicagotribune.com/Dennis Wierzbicki)

OTF’s Jon Denham ponders Frank Yallop’s stance on last week’s goalscorers, while sunshine from The Axe provides the Timbers intel…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago Fire at Chivas USA

Patrick Nyarko and company return to the Stub Hub Center for First Kick in 2014 (image: MLSsoccer.com)

Patrick Nyarko and company begin 2014 where they began 2013 – Stub Hub Center – this time against Chivas USA
(Photo: MLSsoccer.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham runs through the list of #cf97 reminders, updates, and changes to Frank Yallop’s blank slate, while The Goat Parade’s Alicia Rodriguez walks you through Chivas’s new roster and identity crisis…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. New York Red Bulls #2

No energy drinks needed, there will be plenty of intensity to go around on Sunday (photo: Brian Kersey/chicago-fire.com)

No energy drinks needed. There will be plenty of intensity to go around Red Bull Arena on Sunday.
(photo: Brian Kersey/chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham recalls another dramatic ending in New Jersey, while Seeing Red’s Mark Fishkin believes his team is destined to leave a trophyless past behind…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Toronto FC #2

Toronto FC and their -17 road goal differential are the guests for the Toyota Park finale  (photo: John Sokolowski/USA TODAY sports)

Toronto FC (and their -17 goal differential on the road) are guests at the Toyota Park finale
(photo: John Sokolowski/USA TODAY sports)

OTF’s Jon Denham understands if Dilly Duka and Cacha Rios come off the bench, while Tony Walsh from The Yorkies tells tragicomedic Toronto tales…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. D.C. United #3

Dilly Duka's .23 goals per 90 minutes is second to Mike Magee among players with more than 1,500 minutes

Dilly Duka’s 0.23 goals per 90 minutes is second to Mike Magee among Fire players with more than 1,500 minutes
(photo: chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham wants a fast-paced game for the national television audience on Friday night, and Luis Perez basks in the shiny reflection of an unexpected trophy…

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Montreal Impact #3

If the back line shouts “Marco?!,” will he answer “Di Vaio!” to let them know where he is?
(image: chicago-fire.com)

OTF’s Jon Denham remains in Hunter Jumper’s corner while Sofiane Benzaza brings you le dossier a l’Impact…

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