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Fire Thu Oct 02 2008

Fire Could Clinch Playoffs This Weekend

While most of the city has one eye on the playoff fortunes of its baseball teams, let's take a second to note that the Chicago Fire look set to qualify for their fourth consecutive post-season. In fact, looking at the league table and doing some complicated math, the Fire could clinch a spot this weekend if they beat Kansas City and both DC United and FC Dallas lose.

Looking at that table also reveals the most likely scenario will be a first round matchup with the New England Revolution. You'd think this would be an appetizing prospect since the Fire have gone 3-0 against them this season, outscoring them 9-1. But New England have ended the Fire's season every year since 2004. So should the Fire clinch a playoff spot, don't be too surprised to see a few people suggesting they tank the rest of the season just to avoid the Revs.

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