Fire clinch playoff spot

Eddie Gaven's stoppage time header against Sporting KC not only leveled the game for Columbus, keeping the Crew within reach of a playoff spot but it also clinched a post season berth for the Chicago Fire.

The two year playoff drought is now officially over and with two games remaining in the regular season, the Fire are still within striking distance of first place in the Eastern Conference.  After the international break next weekend MLS play resumes on October 20.  Here's a look at the remaining schedules for each of the contending clubs in the East:

1. Sporting KC (59 pts) - @NY, v. PHL

2. Chicago (56 pts) - @NE, v. DC

3. DC (54 pts) - v. CLB, @ CHI

4. New York (53 pts) - v. SKC, @PHL

5. Houston (50 pts) - v. PHL, v. COL

6. Columbus (49 pts) - @DC, v. TFC

The final two weeks of the season will be fun to watch.

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  • now i can relax a bit... a win vs pilly man that would of been great, but still great position to be in. looking forawrd to playoffs baby!

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I think the Philly game may end up being a blessing in surprise. If we had lost to KC, beat Philly (unconvincingly) then lost to NYRB, it would just be chalked up to losing tough games on the road to playoff contenders. Now, they've seen the worst and best they can be and have a real understanding of how they need to prepare for EVERY match.

  • One thing that I didn't realize is that if we finish with KC and SJE in the top 3, we'll automatically go to the Champion's League next year (kudos to Crandall for pointing this out). KC won the US Open Cup, so they have an automatic berth. San Jose will likely win the Supporter's Shield, granting them an automatic berth. If memory serves, the top two point getters in the league go to the Champion's League, but since KC already has their berth, it would drop to the third place point-getter this year. That is currently us. With RSL having to play Seattle and Vancouver, and the other teams near us on points having tough two game schedules as well, this is doable.

    I'd love to see us in Champs League again.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Nice pick up by Crandall. Champions League play would certainly be a welcome addition to the schedule for 2013.

  • Off the topic, former Chicago Fire and current Palestino striker Diego Chaves scored a pair of goals on Saturday to defeat O'Higgins 2-1. Palestino's record is now 8-3-2 (26 points) and Chaves leads the 2012 Chile Primera Clausera in goals with 8 in 13 appearances.

    On Saturday, midfielder Sebastian Grazzini played 90 minutes which his current team, Atletico Rafaela, suffered a 2-0 defeat to Independiente. His current stats are 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 appearances with Atletico Rafaela.

    Millionaros midfielder Rafael Robayo has played in 6 games with 1 goal this year for his club.

    Defensor Sporting striker Federico Puppo has scored a pair of goals in 6 apperances.

  • A little trip down memory lane regarding Guillermo's and my takes on the need for a striker back in May:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/fire-confidential/2012/05/crew-2-fire-1-recap-and-ratings/#comment-15043

  • In reply to iron81:

    A lot of conversation back then regarding the need for another forward who could either score on his own or play in combination.

  • In reply to iron81:

    You mean Guillermo's? Seemed you were ok with Rolfe and Oduro to get us through....

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Pretty sure I said all along that another forward was needed. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Agreed.

  • Was really nice to see Peter Wilt, John Guppy, Lee Stern, Mike Jeffries, Denis Hamlett and even hear a message from Phil Anschutz at the October 8 event last night.

    If only the club's current owner cared nearly as much about the date these folks he fired or has burned bridges with did...

    You missed a hell of a party Andrew but I'm sure your private plane was under maintenance...you always have an excuse.

  • In reply to seaside:

    I'm writing up something about the Anniversary event last night but I'm afraid words won't do it justice. An awesome event.

    I'm told Hauptman could not attend due to a family issue.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    One of these days the "family issues" excuse isn't going to pass the smell test for the Fire anymore...

    I mean, I think I'm already at that point. Seems far too convenient an excuse given the attendees.

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