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The Chicago Fire Open The Playoffs On Wednesday In Bridgeview And On ESPN2

"The Chicago Fire were dropped to fourth in the MLS Eastern Conference standings on the final day of the season when the New York Red Bulls notched a 3-0 over the Philadelphia Union Sunday night," SBNation Chicago reports.

"The Fire will now play in a one-game playoff against the Houston Dynamo for the right to take on East winner Sporting Kansas City in a two-leg aggregate series.

"The Fire and Dynamo will face off on Halloween Night at 8 p.m. The match will be televised on ESPN2. The winner will host Sporting KC on Nov. 4th in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"The Red Bulls will now take on DC United in the conference semifinals. That series will begin on November 3rd in New York."

Let's take a look.

1. Official Fire Preview.

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2. "The Fire had hoped to avoid exactly this scenario."

3. "Time For Fire To Forget Last 5 Games."

4. "When the Dynamo acquired forward Calen Carr from the Chicago Fire in exchange for Dominic Oduro early in the 2011 season, the deal seemed more like addition by subtraction," the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Dynamo fans had grown tired of Oduro's penchant for misfiring, and they jeered him loudly in the 2011 season opener just a few days before the trade. But as Carr struggled to recover from the concussion he suffered in preseason, the trade appeared somewhat lopsided as Oduro found his scoring touch to eventually score a career-high 12 goals in 2011.

"The trade appears much better now as the Dynamo prepare to open the MLS playoffs against Carr's former Fire teammates at Chicago on Wednesday."

5. Letter To The Fans From Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman.

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