See What You're Made Of: Reaction To USA-Germany


Can the dudebros be converted to the humbler emotional spectrum of futbol, and see the beauty of the USA's suffering despite the loss?

Why The World Cup Can Make You A Better Person


Having a hard time getting with multiculturalism? Let me introduce my good friend, Señor Copa Mundial

Words About Shapes: Harry The Hook


Harrison Shipp is a different kind of attacker for the USA, but they'd know what to call him in Argentina

CF97 Community: Balancing Anger and Support


Frustration with ownership must not impact the support that the community provides to the Chicago Fire


Words About Shapes: Patching The Port-Side Hole

Lopsided 4-4-2 is creating chances, but Columbus ruthlessly exposed the holes in the Fire's basic shape, especially on the left; how do we fix it?

Remember When MLS Teams Played Defense?


Despite defensive overhaul, Fire are still giving up a huge number of goals, but so are a lot of other teams, too

ATC Special: Our Role In Building cf97 Community


In this Edition of Around the Campfire, we explore what fans can do to help build community and improve attendance

Misty, Water-Colored Memories Of The Last Fire Win


Contributor Anthony Seymour longs for the elation of a win and searches for it in the memory of the Fire's last MLS victory

A Fable: The Story Of Alex The Muggle


The terrible balance between security and fantasy, in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

On Garber's Cancer: Soccer Can Be More Than A Game


When I was diagnosed with cancer, the game helped bring me back from depression

On Twitter: Magee's Deft Answer To Homophobia


Universe grows a tiny bit better - film at 11

Football: The Allthing


Ruminations upon joy, bravery and football

Hype? Who Gives A Shipp - Have Some Fun!


Young, promising players like Harrison Shipp are deserving of over-the-top praise, but not vitriolic criticism

Managing Mageegos


Reports of disagreements between Frank Yallop and Mike Magee have already surfaced, but the new man in charge will have more than his franchise player to tend to as he brings change to the club

The Case Against Dismay: Poker Room Lessons


It's not time to fret over the result against Chivas, let's learn from our mistakes and move forward

Counterpoint: Passion Is Great, Rage Less So


Fire supporter - and outside general counsel - James Vlahakis shares his thoughts on 'Shirt-gate' and what it tells us about life as a modern supporter

Novelty - Dissembling - Apathy


In place of our inspired, authentic heritage, our owner posits his whims and evasions

Words About Shapes: Schrödinger's Team


Until actual results, we are left uncertain as to the true nature of this Fire roster - is it a youth movement, or the result of shopping on double-coupon day?

Roster Rumination: The Glass is Half Empty


Why we will not see an impact player signed before the season starts

More MLS Whitewash: Controversy of the Year?


League website declares Rogers trade to LA the Controversy of the Year, somehow ignoring the smoldering dung-pile of discrimination lawsuits against Chivas USA

Holiday Downtime: Playing Santa For #cf97


It is the holidays, and things are a bit slow on the MLS front, so it's time to do a little role playing...not that kind of role playing.

Paying The Forward: What It'll Cost To Keep Magee


Fire and league MVP made under $200k last year, is entering the final year of his contract in 2014

MLS Cup - SKC's Peter Vermes: Alpha Douche


Why I'm going to cheer for Real Salt Lake, or Is it possible to motivate men to play hard consistently without bully culture?

Inside View: Like Losing A Loved One


We knew Grandma wasn't feeling well, but always thought we had a few more outings together; it's nice to think she could be reborn. Contributor Anthony Seymour talks about the end of a season, and...

On His Way Out, Lindpere Leaves The Knife In


Dyspeptic Estonian, now 32, implies practices under Klopas weren't up to snuff

One Last Thought: cf97, NYRB Collision Course


Should #cf97 upset New York’s Supporters’ Shield plans, it would form only the first game of a three-game home-and-home-and-home series

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