The Chicago Fire won't win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.
I'm back, with another installment of my "Monday Musings" column on a Tuesday. Why am I back? Or, why was I gone? The answer to both questions is simple: a loss of "passion" for my beloved Chicago Fire Soccer Club. I'd been sitting on a draft of this piece, weighing whether my passion has beenproperly reignited.
The story that played out at PPL Park on Wednesday night was depressingly similar to the story that has been on display all season for the Chicago Fire. The Fire offense was missing a beginning, middle and end, so it was only a matter of time before the Philadelphia Union, no less feeble in attack than the Fire, would find the goal that would propel them to their second US Open Cup Final in as many years.
Ah, SCHADENFREUDE! Sepp Blatter has just announced his resignation!
Between coaching two AYSO teams, playing weekday and Sunday League soccer, being devoted to following the Chicago Fire, and watching the occasional EPL or friendly match, there's not a lot of free time.
Chicago Fire's lack of finishingupfront putsa heavy burden on the backline.
The Chicago Fire saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday when they dropped a narrow 1:0 decision to Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. Substitute Paulo Nagamura scored the only goal of the match in the 75th minute.
In case youhaven't successfullysifted through U.S. Open Cup game date information (info whichMajor League Soccerhas little incentiveto promote), theChicago Fire are meeting fellow cellar dwellingPhiladelphia Union in a semi-final match tomorrow,Wednesday 8/12.
The Chicago Fire uncorked their attacking power when they took on New York City FC on Friday at Yankee Stadium and were 2:0 up before a half hour had elapsed. But fundamental defensive errors at the most crucial moments proved costly, as NYC conjured goals in stoppage time of both halves and salvaged a point that they had no business winning.