September So Far: Recap of Fire Loss to Montreal, Polster’s Success, and Stephens’ Spark, etc

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Why have game summaries when photos tell the story?  (via The Journal)

Memory is a funny thing.

On one hand you have Confirmation Bias, in which your brain recalls facts that support what you already believe to be true and disregards information that is contrary to what you believe. Compounding this behavior is Memory Inhibition, where things that we maybe don’t want to remember mercifully fall off our brain’s radar.

In either case, I’m here to ruin your constitution by reminding you, again, of the Chicago Fire’s 4-3 loss at Montreal last week, and the upcoming loss match against surging New York Red Bull today, Friday 9/11.  Hang in there kids, just a few days before the Chicago Bears start playing games that matter and all Chicago sports media can focus on writing articles about American Football and relegate Chicago Fire back into the “In Brief” section they share with minor league hockey and pro-am lacrosse.

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Chicago Fire’s Got Didier Drogba’s Rights, and They’re F***ing Golden

Word on the interwebs is that the Chicago Fire, who own Chelsea striker Didier Drogba’s MLS “Discovery Rights,” are now in discussion with the Montreal Impact, who are interested in actually signing the player.

Some may call it extortion, I’m calling it a brilliant coup by the Fire front office who are upping Drogba’s value, and then judo-flipping that value into a better negotiation leverage to ship him off to Quebec.

In other words…

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OTF’s Wide World of Soccer – Week 23

Welcome to the latest attempt at a regular column here at OTF Soccer.  This one is called the OTF’s Wide World of Soccer, which aims to capture the three of the principles of OTF Soccer in one column:  Analysis, Insight, and Fluff.

The not so beautiful part of the

The not so beautiful part of the “Beautiful Game”

So, what exactly is “OTF’s Wide World of Soccer”?  It is my armchair analysis of all of the soccer games I watch in a given week; usually that is quite a few games.

With as much complaining about the business of soccer on social media these days, I wanted to get back to the basics of watching soccer and celebrating the beautiful game, even when it is not so beautiful…

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Fire Put Crushing Blow on Montreal Impact

(via MLS)

(via MLS)

The Chicago Fire put on a display of powerful attacking capability en route to a 3:0 demolition of the Montreal Impact on Saturday. The soggy, miserable conditions at Toyota Park seemed to have a bigger effect on Montreal than on the home side. The Impact looked ready to pack it in by halftime.
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Monday Musings, Episode III – Revenge of the Greek

Here is my third installment of “Monday Musings.”  As always, it’s a mix of insight, analysis and fluff.

Part I – Fired Up Friday

First off, after some notable snipping on Twitter among Fire fans, it’s a relief to see everyone happy after the Fire got its third victory of the season on a cold and blustery Friday night.  While not quite a sell out in terms actual attendance, the crowd was very loud, and truly into this match.  It has been a long time since we’ve had this type of atmosphere at Toyota Park.  Section 8 was very active and there was even stereo effect between Section 8 and Sector Latino during goal kicks.  You all know the irksome chant.  Someone did their best to translate it when Montreal’s Evan Bush was subjected to this “friendly greeting.”

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CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals – Olimpia vs Herediano & Pachuca vs Montreal Impact – 1st Leg Round-Up

Ariel Nahuelpan's fifth goal of CCL 2014-15 puts him joint-top of the Golden Boot race (futbolizados.com)

Ariel Nahuelpan’s fifth goal of CCL 2014-15 puts him joint-top of the Golden Boot race (futbolizados.com)

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CONCACAF Champions League 2014-15: Quarterfinals Preview, Part 1 – Olimpia vs Herediano & Montreal vs Pachuca

It has returned (concacaf.com)

It has returned (concacaf.com)

OTF’s CONCACAF editor Austin Fido previews the first two CCL 2014-15 quarterfinal match-ups: Herediano vs. Olimpia and Montreal Impact vs. Pachuca… Continue reading

CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 6 Round-Up

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

Ariel Rodriguez: heading into the CCL quarterfinals as joint top scorer in the tournament (sportingkc.com)

The group stage is over, taking CCL with it until the spring. Austin Fido chokes back his grief and looks back at the final round of the opening phase of CONCACAF’s Champions League…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 4 Round-Up

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CCL 2014-15 top scorer after four rounds of the group stage: Club America’s Martin Zuniga (pasionaguila.com)

Favorites reasserted themselves in the fourth round of CCL 2014-15’s group stage. Austin Fido brings the round-up and refreshed predictions…

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CCL 2014-15: Group Stage, Round 2 Round-Up

Be cool, Marco: you're the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

Be cool, Marco: you’re the joint top scorer in CCL 2014-15 after the 2nd round of the group stage. (mlssoccer.com)

The second round of the CCL 2014-15 group stage brought the tournament’s first major upset. Austin Fido looks back at the week that was in CONCACAF…

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How not to screw up CONCACAF Champions League: a guide for MLS

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

You want this trophy, MLS? Try a little harder to get it this time. (wvhooligan.com)

CCL 2014-15 is nigh. Austin Fido is here to ease you back in to the CONCACAF Champions League chat with some friendly advice for MLS’s representatives… Continue reading

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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Know Your Enemies: MLS Eastern Conference 2014

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After a long vacation, OTF’s resident MLS expert Stephen Mangat is back to bring you his signature look at the clubs from the East… Let the .gif parade commence!

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The Curious Optimism of the MLS Playoffs

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“The credit belongs not to the man in the arena, but to those who make excuses for why they aren’t in the arena because, if they were, they would have been better.” –Teddy Roosevelt (we’re pretty sure)

Whether your team was in or out, OTF’s Nick Fox ponders the importance of the MLS Playoffs…

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

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