If someone would have told me midway through the season that the Fire's playoff fate would be in the balance heading into their final match, I would've have called them crazy.
But here we are. After [tonight's 0-0 draw at the Revolution](http://chicago.fire.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20091017&content_id=7482334&vkey=news_chf&fext=.jsp&team=t100), the Fire find themselves with one game left to play and their future still uncertain.
Tonight's game saw the Revolution come out of the gate strong and they forced Fire keeper Jon Busch into several key first half stops. The Fire didn't really get going until the end of the first half but their best chance of the opening frame was spoiled when midfielder Chris Rolfe's difficult chip from 20 yards flashed wide of an empty net.
The match became mired in controversy in the 62nd minute when Rolfe got in behind the New England defensive line. After taking a few touches towards the net, Rolfe attempted to dribble around charging New England keeper Matt Reis who (pretty clearly) made contact with Rolfe's leg and took him down. Rolfe appealed for a penalty but the referee had none of it and gave the winger a yellow card for diving.
Both sides struggled to create many clear cut chances for the remainder of the game. The Fire did come relatively close in the 80th minute though, but sliding midfielder Baggio Husidic (who got his first start since July 11th) couldn't quite get his foot on the end of a Brian McBride cross and put the ball into the back of the net.
The Fire, who moved up to 42 points with the draw, stretched their win-less streak to six with the result. The team hasn't won since they defeated Colorado 3-2 on August 23rd -- a span of almost two months.
More concerning than the win-less streak though is the fact that the Fire now have seven teams within three points of them. Only five of those seven sides will be playing beyond next weekend and while the possibility that the Fire won't be in the playoffs is slim, it is concerning nonetheless.
A Fire Confidential game recap wouldn't feel right without at least a couple of questions though, so (without any further ado...) here they are.
**1 - What did you think of the referee's decision to not give Rolfe a penalty?**
I thought it was flat out horrendous. I have no idea what the referee saw but I thought it was very clear that Reis made contact with Rolfe and brought him down. Did Rolfe embellish it a little bit? Maybe. But really that's besides the point. Reis denied him a clear goal by physically taking him down inside the box and (by the book) that's a penalty kick and a red card for Reis. Plain and simple. I have no idea how the referee missed that.
**2 - How concerned are you with the 6-game win-less streak?**
I asked this same question after the Fire's last game but I think it deserves to be revisited. I can't say I'm much more concerned now than I was after the loss to L.A., but at some point (like maybe this Thursday...) the Fire needs to win a game.
**3 - Fill in the blank question here. The Fire's 2009 season has been __________ up to this point.**
Below it's potential. They need to step it up for the playoffs or they could live to regret it for a long time...