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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 3/28

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Yesterday's Chicago Soccer news today.

This edition: Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC, USA vs. Argentina, Josip Mikulic, around the league, and more!

Links after the break...

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC

Chicago Fire vs. Sporting KC - Player Ratings - Hot Time In Old Town
Player Ratings and highlights for the Chicago Fire home opener at Toyota Park vs. the club formerly known as Wizards, Sporting KC! 

Chicago vs Sporting KC Report -
Chicago Fire made proceedings against Sporting Kansas City harder than they had to be, but in the end, the Fire squeaked out a 3-2 victory over 10-man Kansas City.

Not a perfect game, but Fire prevails -
If Saturday's Chicago Fire home opener is any indication, it could be a very interesting season at Toyota Park.

WINNING AT HOME  Fire takes early lead, holds on for 3-2 win
The Chicago Fire earned a 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City Saturday afternoon.

Fire Win 3-2 Against Sporting KC - On Fire on Windy Citizen
A questionable decision by Jasen Anno to award a penalty to the Chicago Fire after Gaston Puerari fell in the box placed Sporting KC in a position they could not crawl out of as they lost 3-2.

Fire Vs Sporting Kansas City Highlights and Goals |
Highlights of the Fire's home opening win against Kansas City.

Pappa shot gives Fire win over 10-man K.C. -
In 2010, Marco Pappa scored the goal of the year in Major League Soccer. The Guatemalan midfielder’s goal in the Fire’s home opener Saturday, however, might turn out to be more important.Pappa dribbled between four defenders before kicking the ball past Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper

Recap: Chicago vs. Sporting Kansas City - Major League Soccer -
Diego Chaves, Gaston Puerari and Marco Pappa scored, and the Chicago Fire edged 10-man Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Toyota Park on Saturday in Major League Soccer.

Klopas on Sporting KC on Vimeo
Chicago Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas talks Sporting Kansas City.

Chicago Fire: Chicago Fire win home opener 3-2 -
Chicago Fire take two-goal lead in first half and hold on to beat Sporting Kansas City

Fire set tone, win home opener over K.C. - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
The Fire tallied three goals and held off K.C. to win Saturday's home opener.

Crónica: Fire 3 – 2 Sporting KC | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Chicago conquista apretado triunfo en casa

FINAL: Fire 3 - 2 Sporting KC | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Men in Red outlast Sporting after Bravo sent off

Fire win but disappointed by near collapse | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Side irritated by conceding two goals to 10-man KC

Quote Sheet | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
CDLC, Pappa, Nyarko and Pause on KC win

Fire 3 Sporting Kansas City 2 - Recap and Ratings - Fire Confidential
Guillermo Rivera has the analysis.

Fire's Mikulic steps into prominent role - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
First-year Fire center back Josip Mikulic has stepped into a prominent role.

USA vs. Argentina

THE EQUALIZER  Agudelo helps U.S. tie Argentina, 1-1
In his three short appearances for the U.S. National Team, Juan Agudelo has scored two goals and set up a penalty kick.

Soccer: Friendlies provide opportunities to test skills against world's best -
What the June 4 match against Spain will provide is another opportunity for the U.S. team to test itself against the world's best. Going by the latest — but always questionable — FIFA world rankings, the match will pit No. 19 against No. 1.

Juan Agudelo's goal gives US 1-1 tie against Argentina and Lionel Messi -
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Juan Agudelo scored in the 59th minute, and the United States rallied for a surprising 1-1 tie against Argentina and Lionel Messi in a high-profile exhibition game on Saturday night.


MLS ROUNDUP  Union unbeaten, RSL routs Galaxy
News about Major League Soccer

MLS fines New England's Joseph, Chicago's Percovich
Chicago Fire assistant coach Leo Percovich fined $1,000 for inappropriate sideline behavior during a preseason match.

Chicago Fire: Owner Andrew Hauptman determined to turn Chicago Fire around -
As MLS home opener looms, ballclub has made whole changes on and off the field