The Chicago Fire won’t win awards for stylish soccer after their first two matches of the 2017 campaign, but there are plenty of indications that they are on the right path. Their 2:0 win on Saturday over Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park was built on pragmatism, hard work, and taking advantage of opportunity.
On the day, RSL won just about every statistical battle, generating more shots, generating more corner kicks, and coming out on top in the possession battle. All of their possession amounted to precious little, as only one of their twelve shots was on target. Their mostly toothless attack was missing that final decisivetouch and it makes one wonder whether they jettisoned Javier Morales too soon.
The U.S. is 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup cycle (ussoccer.com)
OTF’s Joe Maskivish takes a look back at USMNT’s first step toward Russia 2018, a step taken in Prague…
Chicago Fire hope to turn smiles like this upside down on Saturday night (photo: desertnews.com)
OTF’s Jon Denham searches for a path to points, and Wes Brown reminds us what makes Real Salt Lake tick…
2013 NASL Golden Glove-winning goalkeeper Kyle Reynish is the newest Man in Red. (photo: zimbio.com)
OTF friend and collaborator Deacon Joseph Suaiden profiles the veteran ‘keeper who’s on his way to Chitown via NASL’s Soccer Bowl Champions, the New York Cosmos…
Will they be reunited? (image: theamericanoutlaws.com)
Gold Cup is coming! OTF’s Austin Fido casts an eye over the USMNT squad in the tournament…
Yeah, so… What to do about these guys? (image: realsaltlake.com)
OTF’s Stephen Mangat takes you on a one-post mission to learn about Real Salt Lake…