Season Preview: Chicago Fire

[ 0 ] January 27, 2014 |

The Chicago Fire started the 2013 season absolutely atrocious, going 2-7-1 in the side’s first 10 matches. However, the side traded the rights to Robbie Rogers for Mike Magee and things changed drastically.

The Fire went 12-6-5 over the remainder of the season and barely missed out on the playoffs. The turnaround was so stark that Magee won the league MVP, but it wasn’t enough to save the job of coach Frank Klopas. He has since been replaced by Frank Yallop.

The Goal

I met with Mike Magee at MLS Cup and asked what the squad’s goal for this season would be. He said the goal is to win a trophy. He thinks they can do it, so we’ll go with that.

Key Acquisitions

  • Lovel Palmer acquired via trade from RSL
  • Kyle Reynish signed on free transfer
  • John Kennedy Hurtado acquired via trade from Seattle
  • Patrick Ianni acquired via trade from Seattle
  • Giuseppe Gentile acquired via Waiver Draft
  • Two homegrown signings

Key Departures

  • Joel Lindpere option declined
  • Maicon Santos option declined
  • Wells Thompson out of contract
  • Daniel Paladini traded to Columbus
  • Jalil Anibaba traded to Seattle

Remaining Issues

With defenses geared up to stop Magee next season, the Fire will need another attacking presence. Juan Luis Anangono might be that guy, but he didn’t show too well last year. His pedigree suggests he is capable of adapting to the league and performing well, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Predictions

Magee will not win the 2014 Golden Boot or MVP. The Fire won’t win the Supporters’ Shield or MLS Cup. The Fire might be capable of making the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, but it won’t be a credible challenge to the top clubs in the regular season or in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Just for Laughs

No two Fire players will leave the pitch at the same time to change boots at any point during the season.

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