The Fire have piled a little more pressure on themselves going into the April 7 contest against the New York Red Bulls by dropping a 1-0 decision to second division side Minnesota United FC. Frank Klopas used many of his regulars to begin the match but Minnesota was able to stay level at the half. Maicon Santos struck the cross bar in the 17th minute to give Chicago it's best scoring opportunity early on.
Sherjill MacDonald had a shot cleared off the line in the 67th minute as the Fire scoring funk continued. To make matters worse Patrick Nyarko left the game just before the end of the first half with an apparent injury. Minnesota's game winner in the 73rd minute will surely add to the uneasiness over the next eight days before New York comes into Toyota Park.
In the grand scheme of things this result means nothing but certainly highlights the major area of concern and doesn't help to ease anyone's fears that the lack of scoring punch will push the club too far down the table early in the season to recover.
Fire Line Up
GK Sean Johnson (Alec Kann 60')
D Wells Thompson, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares (Hunter Jumper 69')
M Patrick Nyarko (Yazid Atouba 43'), Jeff Larentowicz (Victor Pineda 71'), Chris Rolfe (Leo Lelis 56'), Corben Bone (Brendan King 73')
F Maicon Santos (Quincy Amarikwa 67'), Sherjill MacDonald (Colin Rolfe 67')
MLS picks this weekend
Los Angeles 2 Toronto FC 1
New York 1 Philadelphia 1
New England 1 FC Dallas 1
Portland 2 Colorado 1
Houston 2 San Jose 1
Sporting KC 1 Montreal 0
Real Salt Lake 1 Seattle 0
Chivas USA 1 Vancouver 1
Season record 17/34