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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.

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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The Chicago Fire aren’t making the playoffs. Sure, it’s not completely a done deal, and the players and coaches should continue to fight until mathematical elimination, but after Tuesday night’s loss to CF Montreal it’s a statistical long shot. The Fire would need to win out and get some help from other teams. FiveThirtyEight has the Fire down to a 2% chance to qualify, and elimination could come as soon as Saturday vs. Charlotte. With that in mind, let’s begin to look ahead at some of the massive questions heading into 2023. Should Gaga Slonina come back on loan next season? For me, no. And that’s not a knock on Gaga at all. He’s a fantastic person and an all-world…

After a 3-1 win over Inter Miami, the Chicago Fire look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive Tuesday night in Montreal. The playoff math is grim, but a postseason berth is still possible with four straight wins to close the season. Can they do it, or is it time to look to 2023? Also: 15,105 showed up at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview for Saturday’s game after the Bears bumped the Fire back to their old home for the weekend. With that kind of turnout, is Soldier Field really the best option for Fire home games going forward? https://youtu.be/bCf-2IJBwzk

The Chicago Fire will have little time to rest after their 3-1 victory over Inter Miami Saturday night at SeatGeek Stadium. The team travels to Quebec Monday after training, to take on CF Montreal in a rare Tuesday night MLS match. The playoff math isn’t kind. Even after the win, the Fire are still six points back of the Columbus...

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There was supposed to be one bit of joy in the Chicago Fire’s match with Inter Miami today. There was one fun storyline that would have–temporarily, at least–dulled the pain of watching the Fire’s inevitable march toward playoff elimination yet again. The Fire’s Fabian Herbers was set to face Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain for the first time after making international headlines...

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Through 29 games this season, the Chicago Fire have scored just 28 goals, putting them at an average of slightly less than one goal a game. That’s good for last in MLS, four fewer goals than the two teams just above them–D.C. United and the Vancouver Whitecaps, who each have 32. It’s also on pace to be worse than last season’s total of 35 goals, which was the second-worst in MLS. And that’s after adding Xherdan Shaqiri, who was brought in to unlock opposing defenses, and Kacper Przybylko, who was MLS’s third-leading scorer since he entered the league. After those two high profile signings, the Fire are somehow worse at scoring. The Fire’s xG comes in at just over 36–not…

Chicago Fire defender Miguel Navarro knows what’s at stake this Saturday when his team hosts Inter Miami at SeatGeek Stadium. “It’s a final,” Navarro said Wednesday. “We are playing in a final, and we know that it’s a very, very important game, not only on Saturday but every game from now on. And we’ve been –we know that we are...

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After two straight 0-0 draws and five straight without a win, the Chicago Fire have a 4 percent chance to make the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight. A loss Saturday against Inter Miami will almost certainly kill off the season. At this point, which Fire players do you think still care, and still work their hardest for the team? Fans gave lots of answers to our recent Twitter poll. https://youtu.be/UZg3rIhs4l0

First, a bit of math: With 31 points, the Chicago Fire aren’t technically eliminated from playoff contention, but it will take a spectacular closing act to even sniff the postseason. The Fire have six games left, including Saturday’s match in Columbus, and Chicago will need to win at least five of those to have a realistic chance of advancing out of the regular season for the first time since 2017. Not impossible, but certainly not likely, especially if you’ve watched this team over the last month. On Wednesday, the Fire grabbed a point away from home in a draw with the New England Revolution. It wasn’t a bad result in a bubble, but considering the circumstances, it wasn’t nearly good…

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