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Fire finally welcome fans to Soldier Field

The Fire’s 2-2 tie with the New England Revolution was witnessed by 8,102 fans. The team sold seats in the stadium’s 100 and 200 levels and on the east side’s 300 level.

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Playing with Fire, Vegas style

There’s money to be made betting on MLS if you do your research and know your trends

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Will continuity equal success for the 2021 Fire?

With investments in scouting, infrastructure and young players, the Fire think they’ve laid the groundwork for success on the field. Will that translate to a strong 2021 season?

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Strong in 2020, Fire expect Medran-Gimenez combo to be even better in 2021

With a less unusual season, coach Raphael Wicky thinks "they can do much better and I expect them to do much better."

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Schedule makes strong home performance crucial for Fire

The first-half slate is stuffed with matches at Soldier Field, and the Fire need to take advantage before they go on the road for much of the season’s latter portion.

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Is attacking depth a concern for Fire?

The Fire will be without Stanislav Ivanov for four months and will also spend time without Fabian Herbers and Elliot Collier.

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Fire set to welcome fans at Soldier Field

To start, around 7,000 seats will be available for the April 17 home opener against New England.

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Fire expect to find secondary scoring in 2021

To turn their ballyhooed advanced metrics into real goals, move up in the standings and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, the Fire will have to find reliable production beyond Robert Beric.

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Fire defender Johan Kappelhof looking to prove himself again

Despite being available in the expansion draft, Kappelhof could be a key player for the Fire this season.

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Early pandemic memories still fresh for Fire

The first months after the spread of COVID-19 were challenging and highlighted the value of perspective.

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Is it playoffs or bust in 2021 for Fire coach Raphael Wicky?

Coming off a disappointing 2020 season, the Fire’s goal is to make the 2021 MLS playoffs. What happens to Wicky, and his 2022 contract option, if they miss out again?

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Johan Kappelhof’s return a key training-camp story for Fire

The longest-tenured Fire player, Kappelhof gives coach Raphael Wicky options if he’s healthy.

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Mauricio Pineda on US national-team radar entering busy 2021

US teams could compete in the Olympics, Gold Cup and qualifying for the 2022 World Cup

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For Fire, age not the stat that matters

Coach Raphael Wicky says young new additions are good enough to contribute.

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MLS players ratify amended collective bargaining agreement

The agreement gives the players their full salaries this season and extends the current CBA for two seasons.

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Fire know COVID-19 still a major challenge

The Fire deserve praise for their awareness of the pandemic, but they must remain vigilant in 2021.

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Polling Place: Will interest in the Sky broaden now that Candace Parker is in the mix?

Over the 15 seasons since they joined the WNBA, the Sky have yet to dance in a downpour of confetti as champions. That might be about to change.

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Resignation of Nelson Rodriguez moves Fire further from Andrew Hauptman

Rodriguez turned out to be his last big swing at rebuilding a franchise that had crumbled under the watch of the deeply unpopular Hauptman.

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MLS warns of possible player lockout

Major League Soccer has extended its deadline for negotiating adjustments to the existing collective bargaining agreement until Feb. 4 and warned it is prepared to lock out players if a deal isn’t reached by then.

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Fire president Nelson Rodriguez steps down

Unpopular with the fans, Rodriguez leaves behind a checkered legacy with the Fire.

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Austin FC coach Josh Wolff has fire in his eyes

Member of the Fire’s 1998 MLS Cup champions is looking to instill a winning culture with the expansion team similar to when he played in Chicago.

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Joe Mansueto knows Fire must get next logo right

Three logos in four years isn’t an optimal way to build a brand. That’s just one of the reasons the Fire must make sure they ace their next rebrand.

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Fire announce plans to unveil new logo for 2022 season

The current badge, loathed by fans and mocked by neutrals when it was released in November 2019, will be on Fire jerseys during the 2021 season and then retired.

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Three questions as Fire enter 2021

Sporting director Georg Heitz and coach Raphael Wicky don’t have to scramble as the Fire enter 2021, but some subjects still need answers

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2020 in Review: On our Chicago sports scene — and beyond — it was a year like no other

Our teams didn’t win big on the whole, but they entertained us. And they did it against the backdrop of sickness, fear, desperation, vast social protest and a political landscape gone mad. Maybe we can be a bit thankful for that.

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Djordje Mihailovic embracing change after trade to Montreal

The Impact are expecting a lot from Mihailovic. He didn’t think the Fire felt the same way, and Mihailovic is embracing the pressure in his new home.

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Source: Fire hand Mauricio Pineda new contract

Pineda’s new pact runs through 2023 with a team option for 2024.

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Could Luka Stojanovic solve one of the Fire’s biggest problems?

Stojanovic likes to score goals, and other than Robert Beric, the Fire had trouble converting in 2020.

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Fire expected to send Djordje Mihailovic to Montreal

A source confirmed reports that Mihailovic is expected to be traded to the Montreal Impact for $800,000 in guaranteed allocation money with another $200,000 if he hits performance benchmarks.

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Sounders continue to set example for Fire

The Fire have a lot to do before catching up to the league’s premier franchise.

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Union says almost 20% of MLS players tested positive for coronavirus

MLS did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the figure, which would mean about 150 players tested positive.

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Fire stay ahead of last offseason’s pace by signing Stanislav Ivanov

Ivanov is the third acquisition since the season ended, reversing what happened during the winter of 2019-20.