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Fire enter six-game road trip with momentum after Stojanovic’s winner

On a field with Bears markings clearly visible, Stojanovic scored in the 77th minute to lead the Fire past Columbus.

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Road performance one topic of interest for Fire

After their game Sunday against the Crew, the Fire will wrap up the season with 11 of their last 15 games away from Soldier Field. That could be a problem: They haven’t won as visitors since 2019.

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NWSL has a refereeing problem

The officiating woes are a reflection of a bigger issue in the league. The NWSL is perceived as inferior when it comes to officiating assignments.

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Lionel Messi finishes move to Paris Saint-Germain

The 34-year-old Argentine star has agreed on a two-year deal with an option for a further season, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press, and is set to earn around 35 million euros ($41 million) net annually.

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Stojanovic scores twice in return to starting lineup, leads Fire to win over Red Bulls

Making his first start since June 26, Stojanovic upped his team-leading total to five goals.

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Lionel Messi says he wasn’t ready to leave Barcelona

"I don’t know if I’ll be able to speak," Messi said while trying to compose himself during his farewell news conference at the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday. "It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m leaving this club."

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NWSL partnership with nonprofit RISE is another failure to be transparent

RISE’s 25-member board of directors is made up predominantly of white men, with two white women and no Black women or women of color.

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Goalie Gabriel Slonina’s debut a positive development for Fire

During his first start, the Addison native played like he belonged, making four saves against one of the league’s hottest teams.

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Fire announce signing of midfielder Federico Navarro

Navarro could give the Fire a true ball-winning midfielder for the first time since Dax McCarty left after the 2019 season.

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With Frankowski gone, what’s next for Fire?

The Fire enter the second half of the season 10 points out of a playoff spot and will have to navigate a road-heavy schedule to make up ground.

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League financial rules force Lionel Messi to leave FC Barcelona

He is leaving after 17 successful seasons in which he propelled the Catalan club to glory, helping it win numerous domestic and international titles since debuting as a teenager.

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As Fire negotiate Frankowski transfer, 17-year-old Slonina debuts in tie with NYCFC

While Frankowski could be headed to French club RC Lens, Slonina made four saves and became the youngest starting goalkeeper in MLS history.

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U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will miss women’s soccer bronze-medal match

Naeher, who also plays for the Red Stars, will be sidelined for several weeks, U.S. Soccer said Tuesday.

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U.S. loses to Canada in Olympic women’s soccer

The United States will play for the bronze against Australia on Thursday in Kashima.

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With 10 men, Fire hold on for draw against Union

Przemyslaw Frankowski scored in the 10th minute, but the Philadelphia Union netted the equalizer on a free kick, and the Fire, with 10 men for more than 60 minutes, hung on for a 1-1 draw Sunday.

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U.S. JV lineup upsets Mexico to win Gold Cup

Miles Robinson scored on a header in the 117th minute, and a U.S. junior-varsity lineup upset a mostly front-line Mexico team 1-0.

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Pugh, Hill, Gautrat score as Red Stars beat Washington Spirit

The Red Stars secured three points and moved into third place in the NWSL standings with their 3-1 victory Sunday.

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Red Stars and NWSL rivals trying to break up logjam in year of unusual parity

Teams are gearing up for one of the most competitive fights for a playoff spot in the eight-year history of the league.

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Connecting with fans key for Fire’s Jonathan Bornstein

For Bornstein, it’s even more important to show supporters they are appreciated after a pandemic-marred 2020 that was trying for everybody.

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Megan Rapinoe converts winning penalty kick in shootout, U.S. advances in Olympic soccer tournament

The United States will next face Canada in Kashima on Monday. The Canadians advanced to the semifinals 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with Brazil in Rifu.

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Bobby Shuttleworth showing his value to Fire, who lose 2-1 to Toronto FC

Earning only $125,750 in guaranteed compensation, Shuttleworth has solidified the Fire’s goalkeeping position.

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USWNT claims 6-1 win over New Zealand at Tokyo Olympics

The USWNT cruised to a 6-1 rout of New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

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Emily Fortunato is focused on being a piece of USWNT’s Olympic-gold puzzle

Fortunato was tapped in June to join the U.S. women’s national team medical staff and is hoping to be a piece of the Olympic-gold puzzle.

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Fire ‘committed’ to Soldier Field, looking to make it work at lakefront venue

Fire owner Joe Mansueto: The mindset is not to look around for other possible stadium locations but to make it work at Soldier Field ‘‘in the most robust way possible.’’

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Fire owner Joe Mansueto: No plans to make changes with Georg Heitz, Raphael Wicky

Squandering a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with D.C. United was another blemish for the Fire, who Mansueto said are still focused on making the playoffs.

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Sweden ends U.S. women’s soccer team’s unbeaten run

The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world and the favorites to win gold in Tokyo, were riding a 44-game unbeaten streak.

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Vanessa DiBernardo makes history in Red Stars’ 3-1 win over OL Reign

DiBernardo became the first player in the club’s history to reach that milestone and the sixth player in NWSL history to play 10,000 minutes with one team.

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Alvaro Medran starring for Fire, but for how long?

With teams in Spain reportedly interested in him, Medran was coy about what he’s looking for.

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‘Ted Lasso’ star Jason Sudeikis wears shirt supporting Black soccer players who faced racist abuse

Sudeikis wore a shirt with the words "Jadon & Marcus & Bukayo" on the front. Those are the first names of the three Black players — Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka — who were racially abused online after missing kicks for England in the European Championship final.

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Police investigating racist abuse of three Black members of England’s soccer team

The Metropolitan Police condemned the "unacceptable" abuse of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, and said they will be investigating the "offensive and racist" social media posts published soon after Italy won Sunday’s Euro 2020 championship.

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Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England’s third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium.

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With four key players leaving for Olympics, remaining Red Stars face challenges

Alyssa Naeher, Tierna Davidson, Julie Ertz and Casey Krueger compete for a gold medal