Bum Fights at the Blackjack Table: Chicago Plays Philly in Back-to-Back Shrug Off

Try Again. (via GoldStar.com)

Try, Try Again. (via GoldStar.com)

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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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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Sons of Ransom Celebrate Lansing United’s Shootout win over RWB Adria

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In the wake of their shootout victory against RWB Adria, OTF guest writer Eric Walcott reviews the match and the connection between NPSL’s Lansing United and their supporter group, the Sons of Ransom.

Lansing United seems to specialize in the dramatic. In their inaugural season, United won the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes West Conference by a single point. In the playoffs, they captured the regional championship with a win in extra-time. This week, United added another chapter to their short but magical story…

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