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01 July 12:20 pm

Chicago Fire players Gonzalo Segares and Brendan King joined Sparky, members of the Front Office, representatives from Section 8 Chicago and PepsiCo in Sunday's 43rd annual #ChicagoPrideParade.

As you can see, Sega and Brendan had a great time... Check out the photo gallery below!

The Chicago Fire will hold LGBT Pride Night on Saturday, September 28 against the Montreal Impact. For more information and tickets, please visit www.chicago-fire.com/pride.

29 June 11:32 am

If you're like me, you might have spent your Friday night away from a television, meaning you missed the second episode of MLS Insider on NBC Sports Network. 

No fears though, catch the full episode featuring the Houston Dynamo's 2006 MLS Cup championship, a segment on FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez and the best and worst moments of the past week..

Tune in or set your DVRs for MLS Insider, Fridays at 6:30pm CT. You may see a Fire player featured quite soon...

27 June 10:51 am

You ever watch our weekly web shot "The Centerback" and say to yourself, "Wow Brendan and Jeff nail it every time!"

No, you don't? Well you'd be right. Usually "The Centerback" takes us a little to get just right but that also means we can put together a pretty awesome blooper reel as well...

26 June 11:35 pm

Select shots from the Fire's 5-1 win over Orlando City SC

Credit: Brian Kersey, Chicago Fire

24 June 3:03 pm

The Fire start sluggishly and give up an early goal thanks to some sloppiness. The first half runs its course with a series of dreary long balls, and very little else worth mentioning. The second half begins, the Fire come out a totally different team. They move the ball quicker. They even the game. They continue pressing. They take the lead. The second half develops into a series of counter attacks on one end and dramatic blocks, saves, and misses on the other. The game ends, the Fire players celebrate.

Sound familiar? After almost carbon copy games against Colorado and in Columbus last week (not to mention similar feeling games against Portland and RSL), the Fire games are becoming something like the works of one of those airport authors - the characters change and the setting is different, but the arc remains the same.

Not that we’re lacking any drama. These comebacks are scintillating, and we deserve it after those early games that were, frankly, difficult to watch. Now Fire games are chaotic, fun spectacles.

I was pining for a hockey-like empty netter on Saturday when all possible counterattacks flamed out and, yet again, we never got the insurance goal that would let us relax and enjoy the last few minutes of the game. Just like Wednesday against Colorado, the Fire survived Columbus thanks to some great work by Sean Johnson in goal, some miscues, and a few fortunate bounces.

Of course, every comeback is different, and this time there was no Klopas Gambit. There weren’t major changes in shape or personnel. What was different was who stepped up to change the game.

Last week we talked about Jeff Larentowicz really driving the Fire upwards, and literally the first play of the second half, the play that set the tone for the ensuing comeback, was of Larentowicz tackling Oduro hard at midfield.

But all of a sudden it looks like the Fire have depth all over the place. Players that struggled to make an impact at the beginning of the season are proving their worth. Joel Lindpere had two beautiful assists, Dilly Duka was arguably player of the game Saturday against his old team, and with Magee about as hot as a player can get, it’s no surprise the Fire are charging up the table.

VOTE: Dilly Duka for MLS Goal of the Week!

The attitude in the locker room has to be refreshing. After the game on Saturday, Magee said, “We know we can battle and we fight for each other, that’s the hardest thing in soccer.” Despite the slow starts and the stressful endings, the Fire are building something.

Let’s enjoy it with another look at Duka skinning and megging Chad Barson.

24 June 1:53 pm

What Blackhawks game?

The Chicago and Indiana Fire U-18 Academy sides kickoff the 2013 USSFDA National Playoffs Monday night at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. @ChiFireMatch will carry live coverage of the Chicago Fire U-18s match against fellow MLS Academy Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18s beginning at 7pm CT.

Additionally, @ChiFireMatch will live tweet all Chicago Fire Academy matches through the tournament this week.

A full schedule:

Monday, June 24
Vancouver Whitecaps U-18s 3, Chicago Fire U-18s 0
Indiana Fire U-18s 2, Chivas USA U-18s 0

Tuesday, June 25
Chicago Fire U-16s vs. Georgia United U-16s - 5:15pm CT; LIVE on @ChiFireMatch
Chicago Fire U-18s vs. PA Classics U-18s - 7:15pm CT; LIVE on @ChiFireMatch
Indiana Fire U-18s vs. De Anza Force U-18s - 9:30pm CT

Wednesday, June 26
Chicago Fire U-16s vs. Arsenal FC U-16s - 7:00pm CT; LIVE on @ChiFireMatch

Thursday, June 27
Chicago Fire U-18s vs. Houston Dynamo U-18s - 9:00am CT; LIVE on @ChiFireMatch
Indiana Fire U-18s vs. Baltimore Bays Chelsea U-18s - 11:00am CT

Friday, June 28
Chicago Fire U-16s vs. De Anza Force U-16s - 9:00am CT; LIVE on @ChiFireMatch
 

24 June 11:36 am

Sunday's announcement of Arne Friedrich's retirement was a tough one to take but the Twitterverse did a great job to pay tribute to the two-time German World Cup veteran's illustrious career.

Here are some of our favorite tweets from Sunday:

24 June 9:21 am
Get in on some small-sided soccer action on July 20 as the 3v3 LIVE tournament comes to Berens Park in Elmhurst.
 
- Teams are guaranteed a minimum of four games
- All registered players receive a 3v3 LIVE t-shirt as well as a ticket to the Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United match that night
- All championship games are to be played on the Toyota Park main field before the Fire/D.C. United game
- All additional tickets can be bought at a discounted rate at www.chicago-fire.com/3v3.
 
Registration is $240 and ends July 14! To register your team, click here.
 
 
22 June 11:54 pm

Select shots from the Fire's 2-1 win over the Crew.

Credit: USA Today Sports Images

21 June 10:01 am

If you've paid attention to Victor Pineda's story over the last year, you'll know that just making the U.S. U-20 roster was a challenge.

The Fire's original Homegrown player came close to making his competitive debut at the end of 2012 before a meniscus injury sidelined him through much of this year's preseason.

Ever resilient, Pineda recovered in time to join the U.S. U-20s and will hopefully take the field when Tab Ramos' side opens up the FIFA World Youth Championships Friday vs. Spain in Istanbul, Turkey (LIVE 1pm CT on ESPN2).

Yanks Abroad's Brian Sciaretta wrote this excellent piece on Pineda's road to Turkey.