NEW YORK The Chicago Fire's press conference on Friday was so short, Joao Plata would look like a giant in comparison.
There was apparently not much for reporters to ask the head coach of a team that once again played dreadfully, nor was there apparently much for him to say afterwitnessing his side make juvenile defensive mistakes in a 4-1 battering at the hands of New York City FC this late into the season.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sunday marked the end of a rough week for the Chicago Fire.
On Tuesday, the Fire's best chance at a trophy ended when they crashed out of the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Then Sunday in league play, the teamsquandered an early lead but came back to settle for a 2-2 home draw against Orlando City.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – The Chicago Fire coughed up an early lead, but managed to come from behind and earn a point Sunday against Orlando City in a 2-2 draw at Toyota Park.
For the Fire, it was the first time all season that they've earned any points when trailing at halftime, but for Orlando City, sitting on the Eastern conference playoff line, it was two points lost toward postseasonpositioning.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Veljko Paunovic sat down in the postgame press conference Sunday nightlookingmore dejected thanhe hadfollowingany of the other 19 Chicago Fire matcheshe had presided over. Even though theFire left with a point from the team's meeting withthe second-place New York Red Bulls, the first-year head coach was clearly more haunted by the two points lost than happy with the one gained.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Two defensive miscues by the Chicago Fireallowed the New York Red Bulls to walk away from Toyota Park with a late point Sunday.
On a nightwhen the visitors struggled to break down the Fire andlost captain Dax McCarty to a first-half injury, Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 90th minute to seal a 2-2 draw after a Matt Polster own goal provided the other tally for the Red Bulls.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Sporting Kansas City did nearly everything right offensively on Wednesday against theChicago Fire.The visitors kept 67 percent of the possession, completed twice as many passes and outshotChicago 19-3, but time and time again couldn't findthe most important, finalpiece of the offensive puzzle.
In the 92nd minute of this past weekend's Chicago Fire match there was an aura of anticipation that could be felt around Toyota Park. To no one's surprise, Veljko Paunovic and his charges obliged expectations by conceding a late equalizer to DC United.
This past weekend the Chicago Fire defiantly smiled in the face of all the naysayers and those preconditioned for pessimism to march into 9th place of the Eastern Conference. An emphatic 3-0 performance against the Philadelphia Union put the Fire just six points outside of a playoff spot with at least a match in hand on the teams directly in front of them.
If any psychological demons remained in the Chicago Fire's locker room following their 6:2 debacle at RFK Stadium last week, they were exorcised on Saturday when the Fire swept the Philadelphia Union out of town by a resounding 3:0 scoreline. The Fire played played some attractive soccer at times, and were competent on both sides of the ball.
Now's your chance to let us know how the Union players did against the Fire.
A 3-0 loss to the lowly Chicago Fire is not something you'd expect from a team that's playoff bound and challenging for a conference title, but here we are. The Philadelphia Union needed three points from this match to keep pace with the rest of the Eastern Conference, and didn't deliver.
The Colorado Rapids were very active in the waning moments of the transfer window.
Just hours before the close of the transfer window, the Rapids completed two separate deals. The Western Conference club sentGeneral Allocation Money to the Union in exchange for veteran Sebastien Le Toux before trading Luis Solignac to the Fire for the very same roster mechanism.
In a season spentrebuilding and stuck in last place, the U.S. Open Cup seemed to provide the Chicago Fire with a glimmer of hope. Five wins to a trophy seemed like the most realisticchance for silverwareand a chance for the first-year management team to buy goodwill among frustrated fans.
Those hopes ended Tuesday with a semifinal loss to theNew England Revolution.
The Chicago Fire looked to be on their way to yet another shocking win before Giovani dos Santos fired the LA Galaxy to a come-from-behind point.
Dos Santos fired a second half equalizer to seal a 2-2 tie on Wednesday on at Toyota Park. The tie sees the Galaxy bounce back from a Sunday loss to NYCFC, a defeat that snapped their nine-game unbeaten run.