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The Fire are currently only one point from the first place spot in the overall standings. If the Fire were to win on the road against longtime rivals New England and Toronto stumble against D.C. United then the Fire will reach the top. Their fans keep hoping that this is not a dream, that the team really is that good. There is a new hope, new spirit in “Fire Dom.” It used to be that the die-hard fans, those that have been there through the worst would come hoping to maybe get a win to coming to the game expecting a win. The players and coaches have a new belief and passionate swagger. The addition of two intense and competitive players in McCarty and world cup veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger have certainly been a big part of that. Alongside the goal scoring ability of forward Nemanja Nikolic and the speedy talents of David Accam.

But it is clearly evident this team is not just about the star players, it is about the whole of the team. From the sure hands of goalkeeper Matt Lampson, the solid backline through the mid-field all the way up to Nikolic up front. This fighting spirit was never more evident in the hard fought win Wednesday on the road in the Open Cup. Luis Solignac scored what could be the goal of the year. The Fire started out kind of shaky but soon found their soccer rhythm and held on for the 1-0 win. The team by their own admission did not play their best soccer in the Orlando game but still managed to win 2-0. The fire will face a very tough challenge when they face New England. They are unbeaten in seven games at home and sit third in goals scored at home. That will surely be a tough test for the stingy Fire defense and the magic hands of goal keeper Matt Lampson. So can the Fire make it eight straight undefeated? The Fire will then return home to Face Orlando city again after the 0-0 draw in Orlando. Get both wins and the Fire will have double digit wins for the first time in two seasons. Could the first playoff appearance since 2012 be next? Fans are dreaming of more trophies than the Brimstone Cup.

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