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The Fire went out during the off season and acquired a very powerful mid-field weapon, when they acquired Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. The Fire have gotten some good results, marking a draw and a win from their first two games. A much better start than the past two seasons. Could it be the “Dax Factor?”

In past seasons the Fire struggled to maintain possession in the Mid-field, or to create chances going forward. The Fire are hoping the Midfield pairing of McCarty and fellow new acquisition Juninho will solve this problem. Both play pretty much the same game so it will remain to be seen how the two will play together. But given the good early results point to the fact that it could be a pairing made in soccer heaven. According to Michael de Leeuw the fire were too nice a team last year and sees Dax McCarty as a player who can solve this problem stating in an interview on MLS Soccer “Dax McCarty will provide the bite needed both on and off the field.” “It’s good to be nice of course, but sometimes you need more aggressive players and more leadership on the field and in the locker room,” de Leeuw continued. “I think the people we signed are going to make us better.” A new mentality is something the Fire have been working on in the pre-season and in the first two games of the 2017 season. They are a team who are a tale of two halves. In the Columbus game had a terrible first half, conceding most of the possession to the Crew giving up a goal. After the half they came out strong finding the equalizer through a David Accam goal. In the Real Salt Lake game they came out strong in the first half scoring two goals, but gave up a lot of possession in the second half but hung on to win 2-0.

After the match Man of the Match McCarty spoke about how the Fire need to play a full 90 minutes. That this is something they need to work on. If the Fire are to succeed this season they are going to need their new not so secret weapon. They are hoping that we he did to make the New York Red Bulls a great success will translate to the Fire pitch. They need to have a much better record on the road gaining only five points last season. They face a very big test this weekend when they travel to face expansion side Atlanta. So will the Dax Factor lead the Fire to the playoff promised land?

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