The Chicago Fire are not very good. Even their DP, Shaun Maloney wanted off the team this past week. They are in last in the East, as well as MLS. The Fire are the only team in the league that have less points than the amount of games they have played. Despite all of this, they cannot be overlooked as the New York Red Bulls need every win they can get if they want to take the East or the Shield. They'll still have to play high quality as this is the first of three meetings with the Fire over two months. Here are their top performers this season:
Sean Johnson (GK, 69 points; 4 clean sheets, 46 saves): Johnson is the backbone of the defense, but has struggled to keep the Fire in games like he has in the past. Johnson was called up to the USMNT a few times, so hasn't appeared in all of their matches.
Jeff Larentowicz (DEF, 85 points; 4 goals, 4 clean sheets): The ten-year MLS veteran leads the Fire defense, even though he's listed as a midfielder. Somehow, the Fire are ranked 4th in the East in goals allowed, but they haven't played RBNY yet. Larentowicz will need to stop BWP and the through ball in order to have a chance.
Harry Shipp (MID, 102 points; 2 goals, 6 assists): It's pretty impressive that with only scoring two goals, Shipp has eclipsed the 100-point mark. He's even beating out Maloney by a large margin. He could one day be a USMNT starter, but unfortunately for him, it may have to be with a different team so he can get quality distribution. He'll be busy guarding whoever will get the start for RBNY on the wing.
David Accam (FWD, 73 points; 6 goals, 1 assist): Despite missing nine games this season for the Fire, Accam is their leading goal scorer. Miazga should be able to contain Accam with help from Perrinelle.