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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 3/1

We review yesterday's news in case you missed it!

This issue: Chicago's new Backline and Forwards, Fire make more cuts, US Open Cup, U.S. U-17s, and Quickfire with Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Dasan Robinson...

New Backline/Forwards

Soccer By Ives: Fire's new defense hoping to help team bounce back from forgettable 2010
Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos saw his team endure a mixed performance against the New York Red Bulls in pre-season action last Wednesday, but one aspect the second-year MLS coach was impressed with was the play of his new defense. With a three-man backline that at times morphed into a four and five-man backline, Chicago drew 1-1 with a stacked and technically-gifted New York Red Bulls team. The defense may have given up a first-half goal, but that came on a pinpoint Joel Lindpere shot from about 22 yards out...

The New Backline | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
PANIZO: Fire's transformed defense looks to improve in 2011

Tactical shift sees Fire opt for mobile forwards | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Team hoping to use smaller, speedier attackers to its advantage

Fire make Cuts

Weekly Notes | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Fire shift preseason camp to Charleston, release more players.

Fire cut Elmhurst native Herrick - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
The Fire cut Elmhurst native and 2011 draft pick Jason Herrick.

Fire Face Cuts Ahead of March 1 Roster Deadline - Fire Confidential
Guillermo Rivera takes a guess at the final roster.

US Open Cup

Soccer Insider - MLS qualifying process for U.S. Open Cup
Chicago to take on champions Colorado in US Open Cup.

USOC: Fire to Host Rapids in Qualifying | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
MLS Cup champions to face Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Open Cup Qualifying; Date and Time TBA

USMNT

U.S. U17'S CAPTURE CONCACAF  First title since 1992
It has become routine for the U.S. Men’s U17 National Team to qualify for the FIFA World Championship tournament, but winning the CONCACAF qualifying tournament has only happened three times, including Sunday's 3-0 victory over Canada at Catherine Hall Stadium.

From the Players

QuickFire With Watson-Siriboe and Robinson | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
VIDEO: Kwame and Dasan answer questions