The Fire are nearly set to begin a treacherous stretch of scheduling that will see them play 3 MLS matches in 8 days.
This stretch will be even tougher when one considers that the Fire will likely be missing Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Gonzalo Segares for the final two matches due to international duty. The two players are among the Fire’s best and the Fire’s depth will once again be tested with Blanco and Segares gone.
The most high-profile match will be on Thursday night at MLS league leaders Chivas USA. Chivas (7-1-3) sits on 24 points in the West, 8 points ahead of second place Seattle. The Fire (regardless of their still undefeated record) will
have their hands full dealing with Chivas. Specifically, the Fire
attack will have trouble dealing with the Chivas defense (which is
anchored by former Fire keeper Zach Thornton) who have only conceded 6
times through 11 games.
Regardless of the Fire’s result
against Chivas, it is imperative that they quickly turn their focus to
the following matches against FC Dallas (Sunday 5/31 at Toyota Park)
and Houston (Friday 6/5 at Toyota Park). After all, every match counts
just the same in terms of points and having a letdown after a good
result at Chivas (or a hangover after a bad one) would be
very disappointing for a Fire side that should be favored against both Texas teams.
expect the Fire will walk away from these three games with 7 points. I
think a tie is in store against Chivas USA and anything less than 6
points against Dallas and Houston would (in my mind) be a bigtime
dissapointment for an in-form Fire team.
What do you think about the Fire’s busy week? Excited for a slew of matches? How many points do you see the Fire taking away?
Speak up and post below.