The Chicago Fire take on the Montreal Impact Saturday at Toyota Park. If you’re just tuning into the season, here’s a quick overview of what’s happening in the Fire World to get you ready for the game.
The good + unexpected news
- After being injured for seven months, Eric Gehrig is back and ready to put in some minutes with the men in red. He was listed as a substitute for the Fire’s last game against NYCFC.
- Sean Johnson, who has made 150 appearances for the Fire since 2010, hasn’t played one minute in goal during the 2016 season. He has, however, enjoyed some minutes as a field player.
Designated players should be the hottest players on the pitch. Right? Right. That might not be the case with the Fire’s DP’s. Here’s a look at their productivity by the numbers:
- David Accam: Two goals in the 180 minutes of two games he has played
- Kennedy Igboananike: Two goals in the 414 minutes of five games he has played; he scored the only game-winning goal of the 2016 season for the Fire on April 2 against the Philadelphia Union.
- Gilberto: Zero goals in the 308 minutes of four games played
Accam is fast, but how fast is he?
If Accam is as fast as his FIFA 16 stats say he is, then he is tied for fifth fastest player in the MLS. On top of that, out of 14,000 FIFA 16 ranked players, Accam ranks in the top 5 percent of quickest players. That’s pretty quick, and his goal against Orlando City proves it.
Keep an eye out for Accam starting at the 47th second of the video.
While as a Fire fan it’s fun to talk about Accam’s speed, it’s even more fun to watch him. Unfortunately, our No. 11 has been sidelined due to injury since his game-tying goal against Orlando FC on March 11. And as reported by Mount Royal Soccer, “other than Accam’s pace … the Fire’s attack doesn’t have very much to offer.”
Talk about a dry spell…
- The Fire haven’t won a game on the road since July 12, 2014, when they defeated New England Revolution 1-0. This past Sunday they tied the MLS record for longest road winless streak.
Goals win games
- The Fire have not seen the back of the net in 129 minutes, which might explain why they are 1-3-1 at the start of the season.
Defense wins championships
- On a positive note, the Fire haven’t had a goal scored against them in 356 minutes.
Do Fire fans still have hope?
In supporter news:
- Westmont Ultras are hosting their third annual chicken and waffles tailgate and request $5 donations.
- Supporters are saying no to homophobic chants with @gay4socer.
- Get those game-day vibes flowin’ with DJ Step’s #sparkthepark playlist.
- Get tickets to stand and sing with supporters in The Harlem End from Section 8 Chicago.
Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact match previews:
- Chicago Fire Soccer Club: Six Storylines for Montreal’s Visit to Toyota Park Saturday
- Hot Time in Old Town: Answers from the Adversary: Montreal Impact
- Chicagoland Soccer News: PUT UP OR SHUT UP: Fire need to get their offense in gear against Montreal on Saturday
- Fire Confidential: Fire v Impact match preview
- Daily Herald: Chicago Fire’s Lampson happy to credit teammates