Until this point, the Chicago Fire had clung to a tiny glimmer of hope that they could, if they just took care of their own business, make the playoffs. That’s all but over now. A loss Saturday night at Soldier Field vs. Charlotte FC would see the club miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year. A draw could also…

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Chicago Fire beat writer and podcast host for CHGO. Youth soccer coach. Exhausted dad. Former TV news reporter. Taco enthusiast. Follow me on Twitter @patrickmccraney.