2019 Season Preview: Chicago Fire

With Veljko Paunovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger back  ... the Chicago Fire will hope 2019 looks a lot more like two years ago than last season.

If injuries stay away and the defense holds up, the Fire will be expecting a playoff game come October. With Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty holding down the base of midfield behind Aleksandar Katai, Djordje Mihailovic, Przemyslaw Frankowski and Nemanja Nikolic, the club boast a mighty strong front six. 

Star players

Key acquisitions and departures

Projected Starting XI

Team strengths and weaknesses

  • Strength: The front six. The midfield has everything: World Cup winner, legendary MLS No. 6 and an upstart Homegrown No. 10 pushing his way into the USMNT. The attack has a former Golden Boot winner, frequent scorer of golazos and new face with great promise.
  • Weakness: The back five. The starting fullbacks from a heady 2017 are gone. They signed a new center back and re-signed another one. New goalkeeper, too. It may not fix their issues. If they give up 60+ goals like last year, forget about the playoffs.


  • Ben Baer: 8th in East
  • Calen Carr: 10th in East
  • Charlie Davies: 11th in East
  • Matt Doyle: 6th in East
  • Bobby Warshaw: 5th in East
  • Andrew Wiebe: 8th in East

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