Gonzalo Segares Exclusive: Chicago Fire defender takes positive look at MLS second half
The Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer have had a tough go of it in the first half of their season. After having finished 2011 in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, they improved to fourth in 2012 and were hoping to once again improve going into 2013.
However, a crushing 4-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Galaxy, ironically thanks to a Mike MaGee hat trick and Robbie Keane dagger in the last ten minutes, saw the club begin their season in a way they would like to forget.
Along for the ride this campaign is seven year veteran of the Fire, Gonzalo Segares. The Costa Rican international has been a stalwart of the Chicago defense for nearly a decade and continues to be a loyal servant of the club and a great team member in the eyes of the fans.
I was able to catch up with him briefly this past week during a fan event sponsored by Real Salt Lake, which is a difficult place to go, and the win against DC United we hoping to build some confidence and carry that though against Portland.
They are a team that is playing really well this year but we feel we can get a win especially because we are at home.
While Mike MaGee may have started the season off by putting a dagger in the heart of Fire fans, the Chicago born playmaker was at his best for the Fire this past weekend. Segares knew that it was crucial to get points from the match with Portland and an inspired last thirty minutes of the match saw Magee and Daniel Paladini score to bring the club level 2-2 to earn a draw and another critical point.
Following the match Gonzalo and I again touched base through Twitter and he continued his positive look on things as the Fire now face an 11 day period between their match with Colorado.
@socceratz thanks Thomas. We need to play 90 minutes how we played the last 30. We will learn from this game and improve for the next.
— Gonzalo Segares (@supersega13) June 9, 2013
The club will go in search of three points to try and start closing ground on the six clubs ahead of them as they are looking to build some momentum in the remainder of June.