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Mateu

  • joined Jun 10, 2011
  • last login Nov 23, 2013
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French PhD student, Chicago Fire fan.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Chicago Cubs
  • NBA Chicago Bulls
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NCAAF Northwestern Wildcats
  • NCAAB Illinois Fighting Illini
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • MLS Chicago Fire
  • Soccer Chicago Fire
  • FIFA USMNT
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Klinsmann's Imports: On Americans Born Abroad

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As US Men’s National Team coach, Jürgen Klinsmann has searched far and wide for talented players eligible to play for the States, sparking debate about just what makes an American player. Matt Brauer - a/k/a Mateu - weighs in with some thoughts on wh

Klopas Style: How the Fire play under Frank

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Do Frank Klopas' Fire sides have a distinctive style? If so, will it be good enough to create long-term success in Chicago?

From The Other Side: USOC From Orlando City View

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An Orlando City fan recounts his team's U.S. Open Cup run and his trip to Chicago to take in their eventual quarterfinal defeat to the Chicago Fire.

Scoring Goals in MLS, Part 3: Goals For Your Money

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How much do teams pay for production from their players?

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders: Who Scores?

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Spreadsheets, tables, and numbers are back in this second part of Hot Time in Old Town's series on goal scoring in MLS. Today we look at where teams get their goals from -- forwards, midfielders, or defenders -- and if there is a hidden formula for s

Scoring Goals In MLS, Pt. 1:The "True Goal Scorer"

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Who's going to score? That's a question that Fire fans have often had to ask over the last several seasons, let alone the dismal beginning to 2013. In part 1 of this series we look at scoring history in MLS and its correlation to league success

SBI reports Duka-Oduro trade finalized

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Ives says sources confirm that the Fire have traded Dominic Oduro to the Columbus Crew for Dilly Duka. Not many other details or any official word from the teams or MLS yet.

A call well-earned: Sean Johnson on US Olympic roster

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No surprise in Johnson earning one of two GK spots on the US Olympic team roster. He will be competing with DC's Bill Hamid for minutes, which could perhaps have implications for future senior team minutes. In any case, it's a great opportunity for Sean and makes it all the more clear why the Fire would use an international spot on a young keeper like Tornaghi. Johnson could be away until April 2 if the Olympic squad makes it through qualifying, in which case he would miss even more time in the summer. It makes a lot of sense to have two other quality keepers on the roster if the third will be away much of the season.

Section 8 and MLS fan culture make an appearance in The Guardian

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Great stuff from David Boyle, featuring former Section 8 chairman Tom Dunmore.

Fire in Florida; more signings to come?

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In this interview with the Ave Herald, Klopas reports that there are 36 players in camp, but the team is expecting about 40. "We still have some signings to complete, and some players are still waiting for visas," he told the Herald. Even though the Fire's various off-season moves have generally been well-received by fans, the potential of more new faces will be welcome news to those who feel the team still lacks a few key pieces -- like a proven striker. [Editor's note]: HTIOT has received confirmation that one of the trialists down in Florida is Jon Okafor. Okafor was drafted No. 40 in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft after attending Brown University. After failing to latch on with Chivas USA, he was over in Europe trying to pick up a deal. The 6'1 product from New Jersey would likely have to be a fullback conversion experiment to have a hope of making the squad.

US to play Brazil at the end of May

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On a different note from the draft madness that's been occupying most MLS fans, ESPN is reporting that a US-Brazil match rumored to take place around the already-announced Brazil-Argentina exhibition is in fact happening. They will also take on Mexico, making this a huge run of matches for football in the Americas, bringing together what are arguably the two top teams from the North and South American federations. US Soccer should get some credit for scheduling top-tier friendlies for the MNT; in the last two years; we saw Brazil and the Netherlands in 2010, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, and France in 2011, with Italy and Brazil again highlighting 2012 so far. And that's not to mention good match-ups with less-decorated teams like the Czech Republic, Turkey, and Belgium. Here's hoping the MNT can start winning more of these things...

SBI on Patrick Nyarko

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Anthony Zilis of Soccer By Ives wrote this great, in-depth piece about Nyarko's journey from Ghana to Chicago. He captures well the role Nyarko has played for the team as well as the struggles he has had.

US vs. Italy on Feb. 29?

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I'm not the first to post this rumor, but ESPN seems to have accidentally provided another clue to the USMNT's plans for this FIFA fixture date. In an article on the inclusion in the Italian side of a lower-division player who reported a match-fixing attempt, Soccernet stated, "Farina likely will train with Italy ahead of a Feb. 29 exhibition game against the United States. He won't play in the match."

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Facing the final third of the MLS season, one game at a time

Barouch scored a brace when the Fire dismantled RBNY Jr in a 4-0 USOC quarterfinal win in July.   If it is in fact time for the Fire to let go of pointless dreams of the playoffs, as I wrote in...

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"There's always next year..."

Or, Avoiding Cubs syndrome: what the Fire must do for the rest of this season to prepare for the next.

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13 draws: Just bad luck?

New arrival Pavel Pardo went the full 90, was very active, scored a goal, and wasn't satisfied. After the match, Pardo said, "My goal was not important because we tied and we have to win. We had...

Fire to sign Kellen Gulley as second Homegrown Player

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Soccer By Ives reports that the Fire have agreed to terms with Kellen Gulley, a Fire academy player and member of the U-17 USMNT who played very well in the build-up to the U-17 WC but was sidelined with a knee injury before the tournament. Just today Gulley scored the winner in the Fire's 2-1 win over the Galaxy at the U-17 Generation Adidas Cup.

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Portland, Grazzini, and Opta: A foray into the soccer stats world

Lately I've been spending a lot of time hunched over my laptop, working on sprawling spreadsheets stacked with strange abbreviations, lots of numbers and percentages, and neatly colored rows (I...

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A new kind of DP?

Waiting for the summer international transfer window to open in the middle of this Chicago Fire season has brought back the anxious feelings of the last off-season and pre-season. The combination...

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Why playing the ball matters in a tackle

The Ristic tackle on Omar Bravo in Thursday’s game at Kansas City provided MLS’ weekly controversy and has also fueled animated debate among fans about what exactly constitutes a foul and a PK....

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