It was the kind of day Chicago Fire fans dreamed of.
A 5-1 destruction of the New York Red Bulls had the Fire in first place, had Fire fans in ecstacy thanks to some sweet revenge on former coach Juan Carlos Osorio, and had plenty of people talking about a team capable of winning an MLS Cup. That dream day was a month ago.
The Fire hasn’t won an MLS match since.
Three straight losses, including a pair of consecutive road shutout losses capped by last night’s 2-0 loss to Chivas USA, suddenly has the once-might Fire looking very vulnerable. From an offense that has mustered just one goal in three games, to a defense that has begun showing cracks, Chicago doesn’t look like the same team that was shredding opponents in May.
So what is going wrong? Is it the defense? Is it the midfield not creating chances or is it the forwards (Chad Barrett, we’re looking at you) not finishing the chances? Is all the Brian McBride talk unsettling the team as players begin wondering if they’re on the way out?
Injuries and at least one national team call-up (Gonzalo Segares) have played their parts, but you can’t help but wonder if the Fire’s problems go beyond some injuries.
What do you think is going wrong Fire fans? Is it just a slump like every team in MLS goes through? Or is it a sign of some very real issues? Share your thoughts below.