Chicago Fire Finish SuperLiga on a High Note

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The Chicago Fire came into Tuesday’s game against the UNAM Pumas in last place in Group B with no chance of advancing. Pumas on the other hand were in third place and had a slim chance of advancing. They needed a loss by Morelia and a five-goal win over the Fire. The Former came true, as the New England Revolution continued their unexpected run by beating Morelia 1-0. Unfortunately, this meant little for Pumas, because they were unable to muster even a single goal against the Fire.

For a team that needed not only a win, but at least five goals, it was a very disappointing effort by Pumas, who came out uninspired from the get-go. In the 35th minute, Fire defender Wilman Conde headed in the deciding goal off a corner from midfielder Marco Pappa, both of whom are MLS All-Stars. Pumas was unable to answer back, losing 1-0.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Chicago Fire Hope to Play Spoiler Against UNAM Pumas

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The Chicago Fire head into tonight’s game against UNAM Pumas mathematically eliminated from the 2010 SuperLiga. However, the Fire can play spoilers to Pumas, who need a miracle to advance. Expect this game to be entertaining from the first whistle, as Pumas needs to win by at least five goals to have any shot at advancing past the group stage. This should give the Fire, who has struggled to score all season, a chance to right the ship offensively. While this game may not mean a lot in terms of 2010 SuperLiga success, it means everything for the future success of the Fire. On a four-game losing streak, a victory would give this team a much needed confidence booster heading back into the MLS regular season.

The Fire has shown absolutely to team chemistry out on the pitch. This could be largely due to the fact that head coach Carlos de los Cabos seems to be tinkering with the line-ups every game. One move that has been beneficial for the Fire has been the decision to start backup goalie Sean Johnson, who looked spectacular in Saturday’s game against New England. He went 76 minutes without allowing a goal. This was a stark contrast to goalie Andrew Dykstra, who looked lost against Morelia giving up 5 goals.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Chicago Fire in Last Place After Loss to Revolution

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After getting trounced by Monaracas Morelia last Wednesday 5-1, the Chicago Fire needed, at the very least, a tie against a hot New England Revolution team on Saturday night.

The SuperLiga has been a rebirth for the Revolution (4-9-2 in the MLS), upsetting UNAM Pumas in their first group match. It was a night-and-day difference between the Fire and the Revolution, as the former was reeling from a myriad of issues and the latter was playing as confident as ever.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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