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Ezra Hendrickson has a problem. It’s a good one, mind you, but it’s still a problem. Jhon Durán seemed like a lock to start at the No. 9 for the remainder of the season, until Kacper Przybylko came back from the dead with a two-goal performance against Charlotte FC. With Saturday’s match against the first-placed Philadelphia Union looming, Hendrickson isn’t...

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In what was certainly the most entertaining match of the season, the Chicago Fire took one more step toward proving they’re for real, beating expansion side Charlotte FC 3-2 Saturday night. The Fire have now taken 13 points off the last five games, and with 10 matches to go, they’re above the playoff line for the first time since early in the season. It was a match packed with surprises, conflicts, some sloppiness, and, ultimately for the Fire, a lot of guts and guile. Ezra Hendrickson’s side proved they had the mental toughness to win after going down almost immediately, and did it with both starting centerbacks out for the match. Striker Kacper Przybylko, who was previously ice-cold, scored a…

The MLS transfer window closes today, and it doesn’t appear the Chicago Fire are bringing in any first team help. With both Wyatt Omsberg and now Carlos Terán out with injuries, the club was in the market for a right footed centerback, but didn’t get a deal done. A source tells CHGO the domestic market was tough, and most teams...

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We knew this day was coming. It was always the plan. Long before we knew the exact details–that Addison’s Gaga Slonina would be signing with Premier League powerhouse Chelsea FC for $10 million plus another $5 million in add ons–we knew he wouldn’t be around for very long. Less than one year after making his first MLS start for the Chicago Fire, Slonina is now headed to west London. It’s the third largest transfer fee in history for an MLS homegrown player, and by far the largest transfer ever for the Fire. Chelsea fans, you’re getting a good one. Sure, Gaga is the best goalkeeping prospect on the planet–his 10 clean sheets in just 23 games this season is remarkable…

The red-hot Chicago Fire welcome Atlanta United to Soldier Field Saturday looking for a fourth-straight win. If things go well elsewhere around the league, the Fire could end the weekend in a playoff spot for the first time since the beginning of the season. While Chicago’s found recent success, it was a rocky start getting here. In fact, the last...

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Moments after the Chicago Fire came off the pitch after a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Crew on July 9, players and coaches held a meeting to reflect on what had just happened. Up 2-0 at halftime, the Fire lost 3-2 to the Crew. They were out-played, out-worked, and out-coached by their rivals from Ohio. “We sat down, we talked,” Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson explained. “And it was an open forum, you know, what can we do as a team to change this bad luck, so to speak, that we were having. How are we losing games that we should tie, and tying games that we should win. How can we change that? More so, it was just bonding…

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