The number of world-renowned soccer players moving to the MLS over the past 12 months seems to have reached an all-time high. Yet somehow the arrival of all this talent has passed Chicago Fire by. The MLS is now able to boast the likes of Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and David Villa in its ranks, but there is a feeling the Fire remain on the outside looking in when it comes to all this talent.
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…