Saturday, May 5th, week ten of the MLS. Chicago Fire host their 4th home match of the season against Eastern Conference club Atlanta FC. Atlanta are currently 1st place in the eastern conference with 22 points. meanwhile the Fire are 8th place with 8 points.

Chicago Fire played great in the attack in the first 45 minutes of play. Multiple counter Attacks being created with Katai, Bastian, and McCarty.

Bastian Schweinsteiger playing as a CAM seems to be all over the pitch. Moving from Defense to Midfield and to attack, adding his presence in every position. Bastian is helping push the attack up more along with Aleksandar Katai.

Collier still hasn’t been able to find his touch. having a couple chances in goal and 2 of them falling way off target. Those who have been able to have been shut down by ATL’s defense. Katai having many attempts, but Atlanta doing well to shut him out.

Now, Atlanta didn’t make to much noise in the attack. Fire did well shutting Atlanta’s attack down in the first half. But ATL were starting to heat up the attack ten minutes before halftime.

Miguel Almiron had a chance at scoring but was quickly shut down by a perfectly timed tackle from Fire defender Johan Kappelhof.

Now, second half played out a lot differently. Even though ATL had the most possesion first half, 61%, they weren’t able to break through the Fire’s defense, something they were able to do 2nd half.

Second half ATL came out with more confidence and hunger for goals. ATL were able to score two goals 20 minutes after the start of the second half, goals scored by Josef Martinez and Barco, putting them up by two goals.

While fans still upset about being down by two goals, the Fire started to heat up once again. In the start of an attack Fire defender, Kevin Ellis took a powerful shot to the top right corner of the net to make it 2-1.

It may have taken the men in red 2 goals to give them a push in the attack.

First half the Fire had a total of 6 shots, and all 6 of those shots were off target. Second half Chicago are being able to link their shots up with the goal.

Chicago couldn’t defend the same early second half as they did in the first half, which cost them those two goals. But what did they good in is the attack. The Fire applied a lot of pressure on ATL and were also able to lock them down and defense, perfectly marking them down.

The Fire may have not gotten the three points but there’s a lot of good things that we saw this match. First we saw how well the defense can play together and how they were able to mark down Atlanta’s dangerous attack. Then we saw how quickly the Fire can create a counter attack, scoring their first goal of the match not too long after Atlanta’s second. Also we saw how goalkeeper Richard Sanchez seems more confident in goal, making a run out of the box early in the match to make a save. He also seems a lot better in 1v1 situations.

This may have been a lose, but the Fire played well against a tough team.

Next match will be at home where Chicago Fire will have to defend against Montreal Impact. Impact currently have nine points, one point ahead of Chicago Fire in the eastern conference table.

This match will take place wednesday, may 8th at 7:30 pm central time.


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