As evidenced by the World Cup, soccer's popularity is here to stay in the U.S. And the MLS and the Fire are reaping the rewards, seeing their popularity grow as the sport's grows across the country.
Brazil entered the 2014 World Cup as heavy favorites, but they won't be crowned champions as the host nation was embarrassed in front of its fans, falling 7-1 to Germany.
Harry Shipp scored the lone goal for the Chicago Fire, who played to their ninth draw in 15 games in a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC.
8mThe Fire introduced Frank Yallop as the team's new head head coach and director of soccer operations on Thursday afternoon.
8mFrank Klopas is out as the head coach of the Fire after the team failed to make the playoffs.
8mSunday's 5-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls kept the Fire out of the MLS Playoffs. It marks the third time in the last four seasons Chicago has been on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.
8mThe red-hot New York Red Bulls beat the Chicago Fire 5-2 on Sunday, a game that ended Frank Klopas' group's chances of making the playoffs. New York finishes with the league's best record.
8mThe Chicago Fire look to close off the regular season by extending their winning streak (and ultimately their season) to four games as they are one win away from clinching a playoff berth.
8mThe Fire look to be in good shape to make the playoffs. But that doesn't mean this weekend's match with the New York Red Bulls isn't important.
8mSaturday's win for the Fire over Toronto FC boosted the team into fourth place, while four other teams continue to battle with the Fire for three postseason spots.