Burnout: Chicago Fire vs NYCFC MLS Preview
There are times when I decide I hate and get sick of MLS. This is one of those times. This is the Fire’s 6th game in 18 days, and after that they have one more game on the weekend before a week off, then another 4 game streak in 2 weeks before a layoff. 10 days leading up to the season finale in Columbus.
Whoever decided this was the MLS program should be sunk.
The second half of the season was the EPL Christmas period but spanned a period of three months. You hear a lot that it’s too much for the month-long period they do in England, think about halfway through your season.
The whole month of September lasted 2 or 3 weeks of play and that is too much. Too much for the fans, the media and especially the players. We’re seeing a drop in quality in the league, and injuries and fatigue lead to substandard games.
For fun, MLS needs to tackle the issue of burnout and strike a balance to keep players fit and healthy.
Chicago fire all-time record in MLS against New York City FC: 2W-5D-7L, 17 GF / 26 GA, 9 pts out of 39
Chicago Fire vs NYCFC Home MLS Record: 2V-3D-2D, 12 GF / 12 GA, 9 out of 21 pts
The Citizens have been having a rough time lately. They have just returned home against the Red Bulls where they drew the opener at Harrison and lost at Yankee Stadium. Prior to that, they beat FC Cincinnati before a 3-3 draw with FC Dallas after losing two straight games to the Revs and Philly.
I’m making four changes from the team that played this weekend against Nashville. Offor and Luka completely change the front line into something potentially more dangerous than the Aliseda / Beric line that started in the draw. Terán is also returning, moving Kappelhof to give Jonathan Bornstein a rest, and first-choice right-winger Boris Sekulic is back after his day off on Sunday.
In Auld Onion Bag: Fire creates a lot of opportunities. That the midfielder can play inspired football and when it all comes together. The problem, as always, is the strikers. The starters who played the game against Nashville were unable to score in a game where the Fire largely dominated.
We know that in the long run this can only be resolved through the offseason, with either improvement accompanying a new season or new and more talented hires over the January period. transfer window. However, it would be nice if Offor et al. showed some glimpses of the club’s future when scoring against a playoff team like the NYCFC.
TWT: It is not just the Fire that has a terrible program. New York is currently on a similar 3 week gameplay series that began the last week of August. In fact, the whole league has this problem. These upcoming games are going to be decided on guts and cunning more than they are on skill and technique. The Fires need to lean in and find a mental toughness and a desire, that will to win, that they’ve missed most of the season and turn a tough game like this into a win.
Diffusion: CFFC live
I do not know. The Fire can win but I’m not sure they will, and the NYCFC didn’t play well, but they can still flip a switch to try and get into the playoffs. I’ll say it’s a 1-1 draw.