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. Columbus Crew

Baller Style. (Photo: Getty Images)

Crisp, clear fall weather. A crowd of 19,172. Section 8 at full throttle. Sector Latino rockin’ the house. A hated rival. All these things and more contributed to a playoff-like atmosphere inside Toyota Park on Saturday night when the Men in Red took on the Columbus Crew in a mutually vital Eastern Conference match.

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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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Know Your Enemy: DC United


On The Fire’s brother-in-arms and MLS oracle from Philly Stephen Mangat brings you the intel on the Dirty Birds from RFK.

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Dispatch From a Man in the Stands: Fire vs. New England Revolution

(photo: goal.com)

(photo: goal.com)

As the afternoon passed, you could feel it. A heady vibe that smacked of faith rather than hope.

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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

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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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