Nowhere to Go But Up

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(courtesy Sean King on Fire Confidential)

MLS designated the final round of matches in the 2015 regular season as Decision Day. Some playoff spots were still up for grabs and Sunday’s results finally resolved postseason matchups. For the New York Red Bulls, Decision Day was a two-pronged battle: they would face the Chicago Fire on the field, and they were vying for the Supporters Shield with Western Conference leaders FC Dallas. The Fire, already locked in as the very bottom team in MLS, could only spoil the party for the Red Bulls.

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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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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 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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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. 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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