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Chicago Fire Roster News & Analysis

Chicago Fire sign academy midfielder Brian Gutiérrez

It’s the Fire’s 16th homegrown signing in club history

Gastón Giménez trains with the Chicago Fire for the first time

He joins the team a day after fellow Argentinian designated player Ignacio Aliseda

Taking a Look at the 2020 Chicago Fire Roster: Part Two

In Part Two of his look at the preseason roster, Ruben analyzes the Midfielders and Forwards

North Lot Podcast: Off-season Special

The gang are back for another year to discuss the #cf97 offseason so far.

Chicago Fire sign Pineda to Homegrown Deal

The defender is the club’s sixth homegrown player on the roster

Dax McCarty’s Exit Leaves The Fire With All Sorts Of Problems

It makes sense in a vacuum, but losing Dax McCarty creates more problems than it solves

How Will The Fire Move On After Niko

The 2017 Golden Boot winner announced he was moving on over the weekend. The Fire must do the same.

How Will The Fire Move On From Basti?

Schweinsteiger’s poise on the field and experience off the field will be difficult to replace

With The Offseason Underway, Designated Players Are A Key Priority

Basti’s retirement leaves the Fire with an open DP slot. There may be more to come.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces His Retirement

Der Fußballgott calls time on an astonishing 17-year-long career

In Praise Of The Super-Sub

Sunday summed up the season for the Fire, but one thing stood out that hasn’t happened often this year

Anatomy Of A Set Piece

The Fire used a specific set piece tactic against FC Cincinnati to avoid aerial duels with Kendall Waston

How The Fire Can End The Season On A High Note

The final three games are an opportunity to build upon the success of the FC Dallas win by committing to possession

Hauptman Is Out. Now What?

Now that he owns a controlling share of the club, Joe Mansueto has a big job ahead of him

What If The Fire Were Forced To Play Everyone Out Of Position?

Moving players out of position has knock on effects

Johan Kappelhof’s Inverted Right Back Excursion

Why Johan Kappelhof’s role changed against Columbus— and what it says about Veljko Paunovic’s coaching style

The Short Leash

Djordje Mihailovic’s role has been reduced to a late game substitute, but he’s not the first who’s fallen out of favor quickly this season

First Impressions Of Micheal Azira

Why the former Montreal midfielder has immediately earned playing time for the Fire.

How A Newly-Stable Defense Is Keeping The Fire’s Playoff Hopes Alive

The Fire’s newfound defensive confidence have kept their playoff hopes alive

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Positional Freedom

Bastian Schweinsteiger may take up more of a free role as the Fire try to stay in the playoff conversation

Assessing Andre Reynolds II’s Strong Debut

The 18 year-old Chicago Fire homegrown had a great debut in the Fire’s Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul

Fire Sign 34-year-old USMNT Defender Jonathan Bornstein

The Fire finally have a left back

Poor Transitions are Costing the Fire Points

The lack of cohesion in important transitions is what lead the Fire to dropping points in the past two outings.

Reports: Mo Adams Traded To Atlanta

The young defensive midfielder is apparently is headed to the defending MLS Cup Champs

How Brandt Bronico Became A Right Back

The #Grindset has made its way to right back. Assessing Brand Bronico’s recent positional shift.

What the Fire Needs to Focus on During This Transfer Window

If the Fire wants dominate the field, they should start with the transfer market first.

Here’s What We Would Ask Nelson Rodriguez If We Could

The Fire GM’s next media roundtable is in two weeks. Here’s what we would ask if we were invited.

Sometimes, Veljko Paunovic Does Get it Right

We take a look when it all goes right for Paunovic

What The MLSPA Salary Disclosure Tells Us About The Fire’s Priorities

Chicago aren’t getting good ROI for their payroll spending— and it’s costing them the season

Digging Into The MLSPA Salary Dump

A look at who’s making what

Which Formation Would Best Suit the Fire?

We boot up FM18 once again to see how the Fire would fair with various formation

Do The Fire Really Have A Top 5 Attack?

The stats and eye test don’t line up for the Fire’s attack at the moment