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Chicago Soccer Smolderings 4/28 - Real Salt Lake, Fire & Crandall

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Jeff Crandall continues to roll out the hits on the Chicago Fire news.  We give a sample of articles on the Real Salt Lake vs. Monterrey game.  There are a couple of more items of general soccer interest after the break.

Real Salt Lake vs. Monterrey in CONCACAF Champions League

Salt Lake’s Showtime Disappointment | Pitch Invasion

Real Salt Lake's defeat in the Concacaf Champions League final does not overshadow a step forward for MLS in regional visibility - though the showtime element needs some work.

Tonight’s Real Salt Lake biggie; Biggest biggie in MLS history? - Daily Soccer Fix

Real Salt Lake meets Monterrey in chilly Utah tonight with a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup on the line. Jason Kreis’ team earned a 2-2 draw, so it’s "advantage MLS" in tonight’s return leg.  So, is this the biggest game in MLS history? If you take the 1996 lid-lifter off the table, then I’d say it like this: Yep.

#CONCACAF4MTY - Burgundy Wave

I've kept pretty quiet during RSL's CONCACAF Champion's League run. The Rapids have been keeping Uz, Jed, and myself all busy. But I just needed to tell you something that is far more important than the RSL/Rapids rivalry (which is immaterial when you look at the big picture)

Real Salt Lake: Monterrey wins CONCACAF Champions League, 3-2 on aggregate | Deseret News

SANDY — Real Salt Lake's bid for continental glory came to an end Wednesday night. Despite a dream scenario of only needing a draw at home

Carlos de los Cobos dice que Real Salt Lake es el favorito a ganar la Champions de la Concacaf

Carlos de los Cobos, técnico del Fire, afirma que el Real Salt Lake es favorito a ganar la Concachampions sobre el Monterrey

Kragthorpe: In RSL's magic moment, dreams go poof - The Salt Lake Tribune

All evening, the giant trophy stood on the platform extending from Dave Checketts’ box, flanked by two guards.


Chicago Fire Team News

Catching up with Kinney | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Conway no reluctant starter in return to Fire nets | Chicago Fire Soccer Club Team of the Week: Week 6 | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Mid Week Injury Report Updated - Fire Confidential

The injury report for Saturday's upcoming match against the defending MLS Cup Champions has been release.

Chicago Fire revamps team for 2011 - This week in Chicago - Time Out Chicago

Chicago MLS soccer squad brings new talent on board for 2011 season.

Have Your Say : This Day in 1981 - Fire Confidential

FireStingDoug chips in with this episode of "Have Your Say" featuring another look at the 30th Anniversary of the Chicago Sting's 1981 NASL championship season.

Fire still striving to mesh on pitch - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago

The Fire have lacked possession and creativity from their midfield this season.

Blowing the whistle on MLS refs -

MLS commissioner Don Garber must have hoped all eyes this week would be on Real Salt Lake's historic match Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Champions League finals.He didn't get his wish. He got a distraction.

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