Five big questions for Chicago Fire

at least until the World Cup -- of Cuauhtemoc Blanco, and Justin Mapp could perhaps rejoin the starting unit.

WHAT AREA OF THE TEAM NEEDS THE MOST IMPROVEMENT?

The defense will need to be rebuilt, but that is more finding bodies and plugging them in. The scoring attack appears to need the most work. If McBride returns, he and Nyarko will have to learn to work together, and Dimitrov will be in the mix as well. Veteran Calen Carr, who made a successful return from an MCL tear, still has speed but did not worked with the first unit all season.

-- Kent McDill