Sean Johnson Rescues a Point! Will It Matter?



Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson pulled a rabbit out if his hat several times last Sunday to keep the Fire competitive in a match in which the Philadelphia Union easily could have buried them. The teams traded goals and leads back and forth, but the affair was not settled until Kennedy Igboananike drove him his second goal of the match deep into second-half stoppage time to salvage a 3:3 draw.
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Fire Attack Out of Ideas, Out of Cup

The story that played out at PPL Park on Wednesday night was depressingly similar to the story that has been on display all season for the Chicago Fire. The Fire offense was missing a beginning, middle and end, so it was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union, no less feeble in attack than the Fire, would find the goal that would propel them to their second US Open Cup Final in as many years. Sebastian Le Toux did the honors in the 74th minute, but the game was lost long before then.
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Bum Fights at the Blackjack Table: Chicago Plays Philly in Back-to-Back Shrug Off

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In case you haven’t successfully sifted through U.S. Open Cup game date information (info which Major League Soccer has little incentive to promote), the Chicago Fire are meeting fellow cellar dwelling Philadelphia Union in a semi-final match tomorrow, Wednesday 8/12. The two teams also meet again, in The Bum Fight Double, for an MLS league match this weekend.

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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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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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Trash Talk Fridays: Fire at Philadelphia Union

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Ssssseriously guysssss, what the hell isssss it with you people and sssssnakesssss?

This weekend, the Fire travels eastward and onward to cheesy steak city. OTF’s Ricardo Ortiz has the scoop on that, as well as a good dose of theatrical trash talk. Prepare for a journey through space and time…

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