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Fire with work to do as training camp rolls on

The Fire have two open Designated Player slots and pressing needs in attack after moving on from Robert Beric, Alvaro Medran, Luka Stojanovic and Ignacio Aliseda.

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After making difficult choice, new Fire defender Rafael Czichos eager to live his dream in MLS

As happy as Czichos is to join the Fire, he did have to sacrifice something to make the move by leaving FC Köln.

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C.J. Brown looking to help Fire create new history

Hurt by the Fire’s decline, Brown would love to be a part of the team’s long-awaited turnaround.

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Three New Year’s resolutions for the Fire

From finalizing a site for their training facility to continuing to rebuild bridges with alumni, the Fire have plenty to do in 2022.

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Ezra Hendrickson part of small group that should be larger

During the 2021 season, there were only two Black head coaches in MLS, with Robin Fraser leading Colorado and Wilfried Nancy in charge of Montreal.

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Georg Heitz, Fire gambling by keeping midfielder Gaston Gimenez

There are reasons the Gimenez signing could pan out, but if Gimenez struggles again, it would be another Heitz error and set the Fire back.

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Sean Johnson is leading man with defining role

Ex-Fire goalie is one win from glory with New York City FC.

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Look for Fire to add more experience and leadership this offseason

Coach Ezra Hendrickson and sporting director Georg Heitz thought the Fire were lacking in that area this year.

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New coach Ezra Hendrickson brings winning pedigree to Fire

Formally introduced as the team’s 10th full-time coach, Hendrickson joins the Fire after working for some of the league’s best coaches, including Sigi Schmid, Brian Schmetzer and Caleb Porter.

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Fire hope history doesn’t repeat with new coach Ezra Hendrickson

The Fire haven’t had a truly successful coach since 2009, when Denis Hamlett’s contract wasn’t renewed.

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Ezra Hendrickson hire shows progress from Fire sporting director Georg Heitz

Turning to somebody with extensive MLS experience is a welcome change for Heitz, whose moves during his first two years in Chicago seemed to discount the unique challenges of the league.

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One positive situation developing for Fire

As confirmed by the growth of goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina and attacker Brian Gutierrez, the Fire’s developmental system under academy technical director Cedric Cattenoy continues to produce tangible results.

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Georg Heitz, Fire will be busy this offseason

A new striker and reinforcements elsewhere are on the Fire’s shopping list.

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Crew beat Fire 2-0 but still miss playoffs

The Fire (9-18-7) finished in 12th place.

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Frank Klopas, Jonathan Bornstein deserve roles with 2022 Fire

Whoever coaches the Fire next year should find a way to keep Klopas on the staff and preserve a roster spot for Bornstein.

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Why didn’t the Fire play Luka Stojanovic more this season?

Despite a knack for scoring, Stojanovic has started just 15 times on a team that has struggled to convert chances.

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Penalty kick proves to be the difference in Fire loss to NYCFC

Valentin Castellanos scores on a penalty kick for NYCFC as the Fire remain winless at Yankee Stadium.

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Fire put ‘sampling’ theory to test in 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake

Thanks to giveaways and promotions, the Fire distributed an announced 31,308 tickets for their home finale, the third-biggest crowd for a stand-alone MLS game in team history and the largest since the inaugural 1998 season.

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Fire midfielder Alvaro Medran says ‘many things need to be changed’

Intentionally or not, Medran delivered a damning indictment of the team and how it was built.

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Luka Stojanovic’s stunner wins it for Fire

Robert Beric scored twice three minutes apart early in the first half.

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Tie eliminates Fire from playoff picture

The Fire fell out of postseason contention after their 2-2 tie against the MLS-leading New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

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While disappointed about switch, Fire goalie Bobby Shuttleworth aiding Gabriel Slonina

The Fire have decided to get the young Slonina playing time as the season ends, relegating Shuttleworth to the bench.

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Why the end of the Fire’s lost season can still be productive

Unlike the team as a whole, Gabriel Slonina, Federico Navarro and Stanislav Ivanov can get something from the last few games of the year.

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Frank Klopas, Francisco Calvo know Raphael Wicky wasn’t only one responsible for Fire’s woes

"You always look at the coach, but there’s responsibility on everyone," Klopas said after the Fire lost 3-1 to Toronto. "It’s not just on one person."

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Bob Bradley among coaches Fire should pursue

Whether it’s Bradley, Luchi Gonzalez or a well-regarded assistant, the next Fire coach should have MLS experience.

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Fire dismiss coach Raphael Wicky, but hard questions remain for Joe Mansueto and Georg Heitz

Wicky wasn’t blameless for the Fire’s issues, but other decisions have put the team in a difficult spot.

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Why should Georg Heitz pick another Fire coach?

Through almost two full seasons, it’s hard to see what Heitz has done to deserve another chance after building a poor team, which led to Raphael Wicky’s dismissal.

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SeatGeek Stadium a fitting temporary home for Fire, who beat NYCFC to end winless skid

Robert Beric and Federico Navarro scored as the Fire played their first game in Bridgeview in exactly two years.

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Poor field conditions contribute to Fire’s 0-0 tie with Nashville SC

Nashville SC coach Gary Smith said "that’s the worst grass field I’ve been on in a long, long time at this level."

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Should Georg Heitz get another chance to build the Fire after two failed seasons?

The Fire will miss the playoffs again with Heitz as sporting director and likely need another rebuild to compete after most of his moves haven’t panned out.

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Four decades after 1981 triumph, Sting look back at title with pride

The Sting delivered Chicago its first championship in 18 years and were the toast of a city starved for a winner.

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Gimenez, Slonina start in Fire’s 3-2 loss to New England Revolution

Goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, 17, was part of the starting 11 along with Gaston Gimenez, who said a "small error" caused his suspension.