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.
Two South American stars appear set to leave MLS as the summer transfer window continues to heat up.
The Chicago Fire and Gilberto have mutually agreed to terminate the forward's contract, with Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez stating that the Brazilian, "was not able to reach his top form in Major League Soccer," despite his best efforts.
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 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.
Let's take a look back at how the Philadelphia Union were able to beat the Chicago Fire.
1.) Roland Alberg on for Warren Creavalle - The double-pivot of Brian Carroll and Warren Creavalle did not work out well at all against New York City FC, so Jim Curtin subbed off Creavalle for Roland Alberg.
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.
The Union offense was clicking on all cylinders in a match streamed live on U.S. Soccer's YouTube account Tuesday.
Results are never a priority in showcase matches like the one the Union Academy U14 team played in Frisco, Texas on Tuesday, but in this case the scoreboard did tell a tale of an offense that was clicking on all cylinders for the Union in a 3-1 win over Chicago Fire.
The Dutch midfielder's hot streak continued on Wednesday night.
The high-scoring exploits of Roland Alberg were enough to offset a trio of goals from the Chicago Fire as the Philadelphia Union claimed victory on Wednesday night. The Dutch midfielder scored three times to bring his tally up to six in the past seven days.