The Fire are set to defend their home soil against visitors Orlando City at Soldier Field on a Wednesday night. 

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The Fire has had their better moments and are in a very rough patch right now, sitting almost dead last in the Eastern Conference, above New England Revolution, who have two fewer games played than Chicago. But a home-field advantage matchup against a mediocre Orlando side seems like a winnable match. The Fire are coming off of a decent away trip in which they drew with DC United (9th in EC) and looked like a very solid side the whole second half, the performance being highlighted by Acosta’s 53rd-minute goal, his second on the season.

On the other hand, Orlando just lost 2-0 at home against Columbus and is outside of the playoff picture at the moment. It’s not to say that Orlando is a bad team; they have quality players like McGuire, who has 5 goals this season, MLS vet Nico Lodeiro, Luis Muriel, and more.

In a tough Eastern Conference, when the Fire gets a matchup against one of the few average to below-average teams at home, they must take advantage.

Key Players For Fire

Acosta did excellently in the last game while wearing the captain’s armband, and I hope to see that continue in this game. Gutman is another player who was a critical contributor in the decent away point against DC United. When Gutman is on his day, he provides not only solid defensive play but also a helpful offensive weapon.

As mentioned in most articles, the leading man, Cuypers, needs to step up and get one in the net.

What A Win Would Look Like For Fire

With a win here, the ‘Men in Red’ could significantly improve their playoff chances. They sit in the standings table below Montreal and Atlanta, but only by two points.

This means that with some help from those two teams not winning their respective matchups and the Fire doing their job of taking all three points at home, they could go from 14th to 12th, three spots away from the playoffs, and just a win or two away from getting above that playoff line.


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