The Chicago Fire lost to the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Oct. 3 in a disastrous match that has kept the team tied for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire's lack of organization and attack at the game created an unfortunate loss with only three matches left this season. Chicago must overcome its defense problems before the next game with the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 6.
The Defense Collapsed
One of the issues at the Oct. 3 match between the Chicago Fire and the Philadelphia Union was the team's defense. The Fire's loss of 3-1 was indicative of how defense collapsed throughout the game and failed to recover. A combination of bad passing, slow responses and not enough coverage created the disaster. Maybe the absence of both head coach Frank Klopas and Gonzalo Segares, who were serving suspensions from the match with Sporting Kansas City, influenced the team. However, there were other problems that also contributed to the lack of organization on Oct. 3.
The Midfield Suffered
Defense was not the only issue for the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Oct. 3 because the midfield also suffered. Fans witnessed another combination of missed shots, bad passing and the inability to stop the Philadelphia Union. The entire team deserves the blame for the results instead of singling out one individual.
The Offense Problems
The Chicago Fire's offense attempted to improve in the second half of the match, but the attack was still missing. Although Dominic Oduro was able to score in the 69th minute, the single goal from the Fire was not enough to surpass the goals from the Union's Jack McInerney, Gabriel Gómez and Antoine Hoppenot.
In general, it seemed that the Chicago Fire lost their focus at Toyota Park. Once again, Arne Friedrich gave fans an accurate assessment of the issues, "The problem, that we saw again today, is that a small percentage of players think we are in the playoffs and we forget to defend." Maybe Chicago has become complacent after a streak of wins, but the losses to Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union should change this.
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