The end of the month of May has a lot of meaning, especially in the sports calendar. The Monico Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 take place on the 29th. The NBA and NHL playoffs are reaching their climax. And most relevant to us, the European soccer season is reaching its end. With the World Cup pushed back to the Christmas season, all eyes in the soccer universe will now turn to MLS and the goings on here— which means it’s time to look at the table.
If you’re a fan of the Chicago Fire football club, It’s not great. The Fire are currently in last place on 11 points, and the playoff line is at 16 points with Charlotte FC in the 7th and final spot. The good news, though, it’s that it’s not a huge jump into the playoff positions in theory. A couple of wins against a relatively easy schedule coming up should see the Fire back into the playoff positions, and in truth, you’re never really out of it in MLS. But the Fire’s comeback has to start sooner rather than later. Saturday seems like a good place to start.
It’s tough times for the Reds at the moment. They’re winless in their last six games in the league, with their only win coming last Tuesday against Halifax Wanderers in the Canadian Championship. They even managed a loss to Vancouver, who are bottom of the West and on the same point total as the Fire.
The Pineda vs Fede decision, for me, is probably the hardest thing to square. Personally, I think it’s matchup dependent, and against TFC, you’d want someone more passive to control Michael Bradley so I went with Pineda. Everything else is the Fire’s first choice XI, assuming everyone is healthy. If not, Move Pineda to CB, start Fede to cover Czichos and start Jhon Duran and Brian Gutierrez over Torres and Przybylko.