Tactical Notes: Sporting Kansas City Have the Edge Over the Fire

Shaun Maloney Chicago Fire Benny Feilhaber sporting kansas city skc cf97

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Chicago Fire’s lack of finishing upfront puts a 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.

The match was evenly contested, but it was the home side that showed just a bit more quality. Scoring chances for the Fire were plentiful. Finishing, however, was left wanting yet again. SKC’s backup goalkeeper Tim Melia did a solid job in place of Luis Marin, whom coach Peter Vermes benched following the previous week’s 4:4 goalfest in Houston. Melia proved his worth, registering three saves on the day to keep the Fire off the scoreboard.

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Mended and Melded: How the Fire Sabbatical Shapes the Rest of their MLS Season

Mike Magee's Day Off

(From the film “Mike Magee’s Day Off”)

Brian Howe Battle dusts off the ol’ keyboard after the Fire returned to the field last Friday after two weeks off and tallied 3 points.

The time between the Chicago Fire’s win against New York City FC last week and their previous win against Toronto FC seems like a lifetime. Despite the Full-Team Sabbatical, things are looking pretty good.

When the Fire agreed to reschedule their game against the Montreal Impact #CF97 fans were outraged. Of course, the default Twitter emotion is outrage, so that’s not really a big deal.  What this shift did afford the Fire was what they needed more than any other MLS team — time to mend and meld.

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Monday Musings, Episode III – Revenge of the Greek

Here is my third installment of “Monday Musings.”  As always, it’s a mix of insight, analysis and fluff.

Part I – Fired Up Friday

First off, after some notable snipping on Twitter among Fire fans, it’s a relief to see everyone happy after the Fire got its third victory of the season on a cold and blustery Friday night.  While not quite a sell out in terms actual attendance, the crowd was very loud, and truly into this match.  It has been a long time since we’ve had this type of atmosphere at Toyota Park.  Section 8 was very active and there was even stereo effect between Section 8 and Sector Latino during goal kicks.  You all know the irksome chant.  Someone did their best to translate it when Montreal’s Evan Bush was subjected to this “friendly greeting.”

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