After 22 matches, Chicago Fire are currently bottom of the MLS’ Eastern Conference and have recorded just 23 points so far – the lowest across the entire MLS. Head coach Frank Yallop’s position is in serious jeopardy but Chicago’s lowly league position isn’t necessarily solely down to the coach’s mistakes. Simply put, their players haven’t been good enough. However, the Fire’s supporters will be full of optimism looking ahead to next season, knowing that it cannot get any worse than it already is.
Bizarrely, Chicago can still reach the playoffs despite currently sitting at the bottom of MLS’ two divisions. In theory, it’s very unlikely that this will happen but stranger things have happened. Chicago Fire are priced at around 200/1 to win the MLS Cup with betfair and other betting websites, which would require them to put together an incredible run of form in the regular season before beating the league’s best teams throughout the playoffs. This is incredibly unlikely and, to ensure that they have the best possible chance of success next season, the Fire should begin to focus on improving their squad in the near future.
Disappointed on the outcome of the @ChicagoFire game tonight and the season altogether, like Chicago fans say "there's always next year"
Chicago have shown glimpses throughout the season, but unfortunately glimpses just aren’t enough to reach the postseason. In an ever-improving MLS, Yallop’s side must invest heavily in the offseason to stand any chance of challenging for the MLS Cup next term. While it may be counter-productive to even suggest that the Fire can compete for a second MLS Cup success after their poor season, they could certainly challenge for a playoff position with astute spending in the transfer market. This season hasn’t been a complete disaster though, and Chicago can hold their heads high after their impressive US Open Cup run. Although they lost out to Philadelphia Union in the semi-finals, they more than held their own throughout the competition.
There’s no doubt that Chicago Fire have had a disappointing season yet there are still positive signs that suggest they could improve next season. Their impressive run in the US Open Cup has not gone unnoticed and, although Yallop’s position as head coach remains under threat, the squad will believe that they are capable of putting together a good run of form next season. With a bit of luck and a couple of transfers, Chicago could profit in 2016 and may be the surprise package in the MLS.
Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst stated that he was left extremely disappointed with Chicago Fire managing a very late equaliser in the recent 2-2 draw between the two teams.
It looked like the home team were heading for three easy points after managing to open a two-goal advantage after the 55th minute. Kei Kamara had scored both goals in the match up until that point, but the game was made one-sided towards the end after Chicago Fire made some crucial changes that resulted in the team getting a point.Parkhurst then revealed that Columbus should have been far more clinical in attack from here on.
The game could have been very different had Columbus taken advantage of the several counter-attacking opportunities that would have seen the score go to 3-1 rather than 2-2. Even though they have taken a point that keeps them with other teams like New York Red Bulls and Orlando City, this appears to have given the Columbus players a sense of defeat. Gregg Berhalter said after the defeat that the players were devastated that a game that seemed close to being three points resulted in a draw. Midfielder Justin Meram said that Columbus tried to control the threat from Chicago but they were simply unable to deal with the long balls that came their way. Read the rest of this entry »
Montréal Impact’s assistant coach Mauro Biello says that he is extremely happy with the latest injury situation at the club.
It looked like the squad, which has been decimated by injuries at the start of the season, may be forced to suffer at the hands of Alajuelense and other upcoming opponents. However, Montréal have got a number of players back from the sidelines and in for a starting spot starting from this weekend.Biello was speaking to the press ahead of the CONCACAF Champions League match againstAlajuelense. This semi-final will see Montréal try to maintain their good run of form in this competition.
After having managed a 2-0 win in the first leg, the Canadian club is the favourite to progress to the next round. However, a run of just one win since the start of the season is not really ideal for the club to be aiming at a final spot. Montréal are yet to win any league match this campaign. They have taken only two points from the opening three matches and upcoming matches against teams like San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo certainly do not spell much points for the team in the league. Only the players sidelined with long-term injury problems will not be available in the short term. Read the rest of this entry »
Colorado Rapids surprised many by nabbing Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath in the latest drafts. The 23-year-old was seen as one of the best young goalkeepers in the MLS and it was a surprise that Philadelphia decided to let him leave. He will be spending the next one year at Colorado Rapids, who have offered the second round draft pick in exchange.
Speaking about the move,MacMath acknowledged that he did not see himself being first-team player at Philadelphia this season. This is despite featuring in almost 30 matches last campaign.
Union coach Jim Curtin explanation was that Philadelphia already had three top goalkeepers and it did not make sense to have a lot of resources in one position alone. This was made a favourable by the fact that Colorado Rapids were looking to strengthen the goalkeeping position. Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni endured a disappointing debut season at the club, as they finished only eighth in the league. It was outside the play-offs, butMastroeni has promised better performances with the freedom to change the squad as per his wish. Read the rest of this entry »
The experienced goal-keeper of Everton, Tim Howard believes that Frank Lampard should be forced to make a move to the MLS when his loan contract with Manchester City reaches its end at the end of the current month instead of having him remain with the Premier League club for an extended period of time.
When Frank Lampard left Chelsea on June of 2014, the English midfielder decided to spend the last few seasons and years of his career by making a move to the MLS as he joined New York City but since the American club does not start playing until January of 2015, Lampard signed a loan deal with Manchester City which runs out in 6 months.