Following their 2-1 victory the Fire climbed into first overall, until Toronto claimed victory and they fell back down to second overall. But given their basement finishes the last two seasons Fire fans will take it. The Fire are standing on the second floor waiting for the express elevator to the penthouse. They even have three wins on the road, two in league and one in the Open Cup competition, a place they struggled for points last year.

They have 31 points, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s favorite number. That was their point total after all 34 games last year. So can the fire make to the next higher player number Jao Meira, number 66, probably not? But adding Schweinsteiger’s 31 and Nikolic’s 23 or 54 seems entirely possible with 48 possible points still available. The Fire have score 27 goals, while only conceding 17 for a goal differential of +10. Thirteen of those goals have been scored by star striker Nemanja Nikolic. Nikolic is leading the MLS golden Boot race, an award given to the player with the most goals scored at the end of the season. So now that your brain is reeling and you are screaming I thought I left math class in middle school thoughts. The biggest question is can the Fire keep up this amazing pace and add to these impressive stats? Are the playoffs a real possibility this season? Only the next eighteen games can answer that.

On the lighter side a challenge. When at work a customer, a fan of the other football you know the American kind, the one I like to call “handball” said to me she calls soccer players “Grass Fairies.” Seriously, does she know the skill and endurance needed to run for 90 minutes? You know I have given up trying to explain soccer to those who refuse to see what us soccer junkies know it’s the Beautiful Game. I challenge Bears Fans to take on soccer fans in a match, embarrassment coming to a pitch near you.


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