The Fire Push Toward the Playoffs

by Anthony Yench

With decision day one week away, the Chicago Fire are looking to make a postseason appearance for the first time under Raphael Wicky. The Fire’s fate is in their own hands with two regular season matches remaining, and right now, they hold the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Here are a couple scenarios that could potentially take place:

Win

If the Fire win one of their remaining two matches, that would be more than enough for them to qualify for the postseason. The Fire travel to Minnesota on Wednesday night to take on Minnesota FC, who currently sit in 4th place in the Western Conference. Then on decision day, the Fire host New York City FC, who currently are in 5th place in the East.  

Other Teams

If the Fire lose their last two games and don’t get a single point, then they would most likely have to rely on other teams around the league to lose. There are three teams below the Fire in the standings that could steal away the last spot:

  • Inter Miami have one game left to play on decision day against the worst team in the league, FC Cincinnati. They’re one point behind the Fire and the last playoff spot.
  • Atlanta United also have one game left to play on decision day, as they travel to Columbus to take on the 3rd place Crew. They’re tied in points with the Fire, but the Fire also have a game in hand and a higher PPG average.
  • D.C United also have one game remaining, facing Montreal Impact on decision game. Montreal is also trying to hold on a playoff berth, just one spot above the Fire in the standings.

The Fire are definitely the favorites out of these four teams to make the postseason. They can either decide their own fate, or leave it in the hands of the other teams.