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Fire Fri Jun 27 2008

Another Summer of Suck?

Looking over their record the past couple of years, one thing is clear. The Chicago Fire hate playing in the summer. After a bright start, recent signs have pointed that this year may be no different. Some truly clueless looking displays during a three game losing streak have the alarm bells ringing.

If you ever need an indication of the mood in the Fire locker room, you need look no further than the body language of Chad Barrett. He’s made serious progress this year, but reports from last Thursday night’s loss to Chivas USA (which I missed out on due to Euro2008 fatigue and some broken ribs) had him missing his requisite two chances per game and wigging out about it.

Of course, just like Barrett fans have a tendency to overreact to the smallest blip in form. Is it really a full blown crisis? Not really. The Fire have lost to DC, Dallas and Chivas. Two of those teams, the Fire lose to with some frequency. If the Fire can’t stop the rot Saturday night against the expansion San Jose Earthquakes though, it might be time to start panicking. Oh, and please ignore the fact that it's apparently Disco Night at Toyota Park.

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