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As the playoffs approach, late season additions can add that extra edge to equal playoff success. For the Chicago Fire, the return of Brian McBride from shoulder surgery, perhaps as soon as this weekend, could be just what the Fire need to push them over the top.
With Chicago already looking like a lock to make the playoffs, McBride will boost an offense that has been rather inconsistent in his absence. Despite missing eight games due to his injury, the American striker still leads his side with six goals.
Chicago has six games left, plenty of time to get McBride back into the mix and be prepared come playoff time. And while they've lost Bakary Soumare to a transfer, remain one of the favorites in the East.
Does McBride's return to Chicago make them a MLS cup favorite? Will he have a positive impact right away or will it take a few games to get his feet back under him?
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