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Season Guide
2019

Chicago Fire

In


Przemyslaw Frankowski (mid), (Jagiellonia), Marcos Urena (att), (Los Angeles FC), Christian Martinez (mid), (Columbus Crew), Marcelo (def), (Sporting Lisbon), Jeremiah Gutjahr (mid), (Indian Hooiser), Amando Moreno (att), (New York Red Bulls II), David Ousted (gk), (D.C United), Fabian Herbers (mid), (Philidelphia Union), Andre Reynolds II (def), (Chicago Fire Academy), CJ Sapong (att), (Philidelphia Union)

Out


Jonathan Campbell (def), (Seattle Sounders), Michael De Leeuw (att), (FC Emmen), Marcos Urena (att), (LD Alajuelense), Matt Polster (mid), (Rangers), Daniel Johnson (mid), (Legion FC), Yura Movisisyan (att), (Free), Drew Conner (def), (Free), Patrick McLain (gk), (Free), Luis Solignac (att), (Free), Nicolas Del Groco (def), (Free), Alan Gordon (att), (Retired), Christian Dean (def), (Retired), Brandon Vincent (def), (Retired)

It was an extremely disappointing 2018 for Chicago Fire who comfortably missed out on the play-offs and finished second bottom in the Eastern Conference. Veljko Paunovic’s side were below par for much of the campaign and things must improve in 2019. They notched just 8 league wins with only one coming away from the SeatGeek Stadium. They finished 18 points behind the play-offs. Nemanja Nikolic and Aleksandar Katai were the only players who delivered for Chicago scoring a combined 27 goals between them with Nikolic notching 15 of those. Veljko Paunovic has completely stripped an underperforming squad with a host of departures including Jonathan Campbell, Matt Polster, Michael De Leeuw and Yura Movsisyan. Paunovic is building a new look side and their big acquisition is defender Marcelo who arrives from Sporting Lisbon. The defender adds plenty of experience and solidity to a leaky defence. He arrives with plenty of quality having spent his career in Portugal including 7 successful seasons at Rio Ave where he was named player of year in 2013. Paunovic’s other acquisitions include winger Przemyslaw Frankowski who arrives from Jagiellonia in Poland where he made 140 appearances scoring 24 goals so he certainly will add some creativity and fire power to the Chicago attack.

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Paunovic needs his new look team to gel and quickly if they are to have any success this season. They will be looking to push for a play-off spot and finishing in those play-offs positions would represent an excellent season.

Season Review
2018

№20: Chicago Fire

Failing to build on last year’s solid season, Chicago Fire endured a horrendous campaign this time around, finishing in a disappointing tenth position in the Eastern Conference table. With just 32 points from 34 games, the Fire have some serious restructuring if they want to bounce back in 2019. Veljko Paunovic’s men never quite got out of second gear all season, with the side from the Windy City failing to achieve a win streak of more than one game all year. A seven game losing streak throughout July and August all but sealed Chicago’s fate, who have now finished in the bottom two positions of the Eastern Conference in four of their last five seasons. Chicago sorely missed the likes of Joao Meira, David Accam, and Juninho, for whom suitable replacements were not found during last year’s off season. Aleksandar Katai was perhaps the stand out performer for the side, with the Serbian forward recording twelve goals and five assists in thirty-three appearances. Both Brandt Bronico and Djordge Milhailovic had promising seasons too, with the pair surely looking to kick on next season. The trio of Drew Conner, Jonathan Campbell, and Michael de Leeuw have all been cleared out by Chicago with their options not renewed. Bastian Schweinsteiger has however, already signed an additional one year extension on his contract, keeping him at the club for another season. The Fire have also been busy strengthening their attack, having already picked up the likes of Marco Urena, Fabian Herbers, and Cristian Martinez.


Player of the Season: Aleksandar Katai

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