Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. DC United

Boo. (photo: zimbio.com)

They blinked. After a successful first half of play, one which resembled their fine, clinical performance at Red Bull Arena three weeks ago, your Chicago Fire entered the pitch with eyes wide shut in the second half on Saturday.

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Dispatch from a Hotel Room: Fire at New York Red Bulls

Big MacDonald had a brace…Lo, Lo, Lo, Lo, LOOOO! (photo: usatoday.com)

On The Fire’s Scott Fenwick is on the road tending to family business, but that didn’t stop him from reveling in and reflecting upon Chicago’s 2-0 victory at New York.

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. L’Impact

Di Vaio: That’s not the gesture he made after scoring last night. Di Vaio MERDA VAFFANCULO!!! (Photo: impactmontreal.com)

From the first kick, I felt as if something was off kilter. The Toyota Park crowd was quiet, Section 8 wasn’t bringin’ their usual ruckus, and ominous messages from reliable sources circulated the tweetosphere. My superstitions began to get the best of me. And sure enough, my gut was right…

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Dispatch from the Couch: Fire at Toronto FC

One hell of a ride! (Photo: sbnation.com)

First, editing and/or writing five articles in five consecutive days for this fine institution of sporting journalism is a lot of work. By Sunday, it will be eight in eight days. And I ain’t gettin’ paid…

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Dispatch from the Couch: Fire at DC United

I know what I saw last night: too much of this. (Photo: mlssoccer.com)

Houston, we have some problems: fitness, fatigue, questionable lineup and tactical decisions, and most apparent of all, liabilities in defense. And for good measure, I’ll throw a little hubris into the mix.

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago at DC United

DeRo: Don’t hate the playa?

A quick turnaround after the third Chitown beatdown in a row of an Eastern Conference opponent (the lowly New England Revolution) has the Men in Red traveling over to the nation’s capital to take on Dwayne De Rosario and the Dirty Birds known as DC United.

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire at Philadelphia Union

Fire fans (top right of opposite side), Delaware River (background), sweet Ron Jon shirt (foreground)

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Firemen in the Tweet-o-sphere: Premier Edition

GarganJohnson_1Sherjill MacDonaldheadshotAlvaro Fernandez

Ever wonder what the Fire are up to when they’re not training hard and giving it their all on the pitch? Or perhaps you’re curious about what the Men in Red deem to be thoughts worthy of sharing with the rest of us out here in cyberspace? Well, wonder no more! Their thumbs have been busy this week…

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