The Fires 11 game unbeaten streak, 9 game win streak has officially come to an end, after their 3-1 loss against Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC. Fans wondered when this streak would end but never wanted to see the day come. This match was one that many MLS fans were going to watch. The men in red have been competing with Toronto for the first place ever since the start of the season. Toronto now sitting at first place and Fire at third have shown to be the most dominant team in the league. This matchup was considered a playoff game by many fans, hopefully, the Fire will play a lot better in the playoffs.


Chicago has been in a drought, Niko who used to be the golden boot leader has not scored in his past 6 matches. The Fire has conceded 9 goals in their last 3 games and only scored 2 goals. The Fire made a huge name for themselves at the beginning of the season, they were sitting at first place and were considered one of the most feared teams in the league. After the gold cup and MLS All-Star break, Chicago has fallen hard. The Fire has conceded 9 goals in the last 3 games and only managed to score 2 goals. We’ve seen how the Fire struggle in away games, but Saturday night the men in red struggled to play against Toronto FC. The Fire had a slow start in the match with Toronto having most possession scoring in the 13th minute to put them up 0-1. During the second half, the Fire played a lot better than the first half. The Fire kept more possession and played a lot smarter than the first half, but that was not enough to compete against Toronto. The Fire came back and tied up the score in the 54th minute scored by “King” David Accam. Although the score was tied up, the Fire couldn’t keep the score even and block Toronto’s offense leading them to score two more goals in the 63rd and 90th minute.


The Fire needs to return to their winning ways. Chicago Fire needs to improve a lot to get back to how they were. Niko has not been close to what he was for the Fire, he has not scored in the past 7 matches for the men in red. The Fire should invest in another forward to replace Nemanja Nikolic if he fails to return back to his scoring ways. The Fire also need to improve their defense, it feels as if the men in red are leaving more space and do not apply as much pressure as they did before, thus leading to goals being conceded by other teams.


It is going to take time for Pauno and his side to jump back to first place, and return back to being the same team they started the season with. Fans hoped this season would be their year as champions since the Fire last held the cup in 1998.

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