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Pat and Alex look back at the Chicago Fire’s disappointing 2022 campaign—both the lows (missing the playoffs, the Open Cup loss, Shaqiri’s contributions, Torres and Przybylko’s injuries from the start), and the highs (Jhon Duran, Brian Gutierrez, Wyatt Omsberg, Rafael Czichos, Carlos Teran, Gaga Slonina, and that emotional goal by Alex Monis to cap off the season). Plus, what do we expect for 2023? https://youtu.be/PxEjV5TQxws

After waiting all season, in the 89th minute of last Sunday’s Chicago Fire season finale against the New England Revolution, Alex Monis finally got the call. The 19-year-old homegrown from Naperville had been on the bench plenty of times in the 2022 season, but hadn’t played a single minute for the Fire’s first team since the final match of the 2021 season. “When they called my name, and I sprinted over as fast as I could to make sure I got on,” Monis tells CHGO. To say Monis made the most of this brief appearance would be an understatement. The Fire had just gone down 1-0 to the Revs a few seconds before, and they now needed a goal–quickly–to ensure…

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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