by Anthony Yench
Going into decision day, the plan for the Chicago Fire was simple: win and they would make the postseason for the first time under head coach Raphael Wicky. Unfortunately, the Fire fell short at home to New York City FC, 4-3, after a hard-fought game. But, even with a loss, the Fire still had a slight chance of making the playoffs, but that relied on other teams in the league losing. For the Fire, everything that could go wrong on decision day went wrong. They lost, and the other teams won.
Overall, I think the first year of the rebuild went well for the Fire. Designated player Robert Beric finished his first MLS campaign tied for 2nd place in the Golden Boat race with 12 goals. The midfield signings of Alvaro Medran and Gaston Gimenez created one of the best midfields in the league. However, there are some spots that the team still needs to improve. The biggest thing the team needs to work on is trying to get results on the road. Out of 11 road matches, the Fire only managed 5 points out of a possible 33, not winning a single road match.
Looking forward to next season, I think the Fire have a good chance at making the playoffs with the players they currently have, plus signing 1 or 2 key players to the roster. If they can do that, I think this team has what it takes to win the league down the road.