The Hot Corner column: The Chicago Fire kicked off their 2018 season almost a month ago, and with the NFL Draft and MLB season underway the team's season has been swept under the rug. So how have they been doing?
After finishing third in Eastern Conference last season, the Fire now sit at 3-2-4. The FIre's offense was one of the best in the league and ranked third in the league with 61 goals scored in 2017. Even though the team is still lead by forward Nemanja Nikolic the Fire lag behind 11 teams in terms of goals scored in 2018.
If not for D.C. United the Fire would be last in the league for shots on goal, and midfielder Aleksander Katai leads the team with 20 shots attempted, three more than Nikolic.
As well as their dominate offense, the Fire had an above average defense a season ago, as compared to this years' team which has dropped to below league average defensively allowing 14 goals—which is 16th in the league.
Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez has two shutouts this season with 28 saves.
Their slow start comes as a surprise as the Fire retained their all stars and major players from a season ago. Midfielder Bastian Schwiensteger may have a lot of miles on his legs, but the top five FIre players in minutes played for the Fire are all under 33.
It may be too early to complaint about the teams' success but the start may draw comparisons to the Cubs who have had a bumpy road to get the season started. But just like the Cubs there is time to right the ship.
In their most recent game the Fire defeated the Montreal Impact 1-0 on May 9. The team returns to action May 12 against the Columbus Crew.
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