Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.
The New England Revolution needed a win and some help on Sunday to keep a realistic hope of a playoff spot alive. The Revolution got the help they needed from other results, but couldn't take care of business themselves, falling 2-1 to the last place Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
The Chicago Fire went down 2:1 to Toronto FC last Saturday in disappointing fashion. Here are three thoughts about how the game went and what could have gone differently for the Fire. The Fire continue to battle
Yes, the Fire are still mired in the depths of the Eastern Conference standings.
Sweet, sweet victory! This past Saturday the Chicago Fire defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 1-0 with a debut goal from Nemanja Nikolic. Aside from building fitness, experimenting with formations, and getting an immediate return on their investment in the Hungarian, Chicago was able to trot out a few trialists as they look to fill out the roster before the MLS season begins.
The competition so far this preseason may not be of the highest quality, but the Fire continue to show that they are capable of putting away chances with a revamped attack. Chicago handled NASL side Miami FC easily en route to their fourth victory against zero losses in first team games this preseason.
Trading Sean Johnson left the Fire with 12 contracted players eligible for Tuesday's Expansion Draft. All MLS clubs could protect 11 players from selection by Atlanta or Minnesota, and the Fire's eleven are: Accam, Alvarez, Campbell, de Leeuw, Goossens, Kappelhof, Lampson, Meira, Polster, Solignac, Vincent Unprotected: Arshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos, Tham Homegrown Players Collin Fernandez, Patrick Doody, Drew Conner, and Joey Calistri were exempt from eligibility.
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.
Colorado has made it look too easy tonight. The Sounders defense has been unable to keep the back line tight and they paid for it when Luis Solignac was alone after Dominique Badji sent a cross into the box.
Coming off a stellar performance in New York over the weekend, Sporting Kansas City returned to Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night with a slightly weakened lineup to lose 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids.
Connor Hallisey whipped in a cross to the head of Dom Dwyer, who headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the 76th minute.
Today the Rapids announced the signing of Argentine striker Luis Solignac, something that had been rumored for a couple of weeks. He'll be eligible to play once his ITC and visa paperwork is done, so not tomorrow but hopefully in the next couple of games. Solignac will be looked at to fill the "#9" role that thee Rapids are so desperately needing but he's young enough that he shouldn't have much problem making way for Kevin Doyle when he arrives.