Match Preview: Clock is Ticking for Chicago Fire
It hasn't been a good week for Chicago.
After weeks of speculation and rumors that a deal with U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones was going to sign with the club, Major League Soccer stepped in and 'blind-sided' the Fire. The blind draw that sent Jones to New England was unprecedented and a definite blow to the morale of Chicago.
However, there are ten games left in the season and Chicago has to forget what happened and move on.
This week's opponent, FC Dallas, will be a tough test. Dallas sits in third in the Western Conference and are 4-0 in the month of August. They are red hot and Chicago needs to take advantage of playing at home.
The Fire put up a tough fight last week in Toronto, falling behind twice but able to steal a point by getting the draw late in the match. Goals from Robert Earnshaw and Quincy Amerikwa show that this club isn't going quietly into the night.
Heading into this weekend, Chicago is five points back of the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It is a very real possibility for them to get there, but it has been a season of missed opportunities with 14 draws. With just one month left in the season, the Fire need to rack up three points and secure a string of victories if they want to play in October.
Kickoff is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EDT at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.