Either the glass is ¼ full or ¾ empty. The Chicago Fire tied longtime rival Columbus Crew on Thursday evening 2-2 at Toyota Park. The penultimate home match for Chicago was a heated affair on what was otherwise a frigid and windy October night.
It appears as if adaptability, knowledge, confidence, and resourcefulness are not always useful in acquiring three points. Sometimes you need grit, determination, the will to win, and to put it quite bluntly, ability. The Chicago Fire were lacking in all of the latter in their encounter with longtime rivals Columbus before the international break.
Following a backbreaking midweek loss to D.C. United, the Crew kept their dwindling playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The win gives the Crew their third victory in four matches, keeping them in the hunt for a longshot run at the sixth and final playoff position.
It is now mathematically official. With the Chicago Fire's midweek loss to Seattle and DC United's win over Columbus, the Fire cannot possibly make the playoffs. With four matches to spare the feat comes later in the season than last year but that is not much of a consolation.
Adam Jahn salvaged a late 2-2 draw for the Columbus Crew with the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Thursday night, but it was not enough as the Crew are officially eliminated from playoff contention.
An own goal from Michael Parkhurst and Michael de Leeuw's winner in the 57th minute canceled out Adam Jahn's opener, but the Crew forward equalized on 80 minutes with a wonderful half-volley to recover a point.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
SEATTLE The Chicago Fire are like an old-fashioned cure-all: good for whatever ails you. They were certainly just what the doctor ordered for the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night, as the hosts delivered a 1-0 win in front of 39,269 at CenturyLink Field despite not playing their best soccer.
Week 31 in Major League Soccer begins early as eight teams are in action on Wednesday.
The match with the most playoff implications is at RFK Stadium where D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew. If Columbus beats D.C., then the Crew would be two points adrift of the final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference.
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.
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.
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.