Bunkered in defenses have been a big problem for Chicago this season. NYCFC marks the second game that Chicago have gone a man up early and failed to get three points. The tactics behind it are simple, Nikolic works best with room to run in behind the opposing defense. In addition, Schweinsteiger is a deep lying playmaker who can hit the long ball but becomes rather helpless offensively when there is no room to play those long balls.
As the transfer window closes out, there is a growing feeling that Chicago needs to make a move. With no clear answer on how to unlock defenses that sit in and defend, Chicago continues to look into Juan Quintero. Unfortunately, his asking price continues to be an issue. Chicago continue to negotiate with Porto on an asking price. This would complicate the three designated players already on the roster; Accam, Nikolic, and Schweinsteiger.
With European aspirations in mind, David Accam has been having issues with the Chicago Fire front office which could open the door for Quintero. The problem remains the asking price for Accam. If the right price is offered, Chicago could have the funds to bring in Quintero, the key that could unlock those condensed defenses. In recent weeks, David has proved how irreplaceable he is by coming in as a sub and continuing to make a difference.
The most recent reports state that Accam has had recent behavioral issues in not showing up to practices and not being “mentally prepared” to start the last match. These come after the recent all-star snub for Chicago Fire and All-star coach, Veljko Paunovic. Quintero’s negotiations continue quietly in the background.
In addition, Chicago should be bringing in defensive depth as well as a third goalie. Bava is now put on the disabled list which opens up the market in goal and an international spot. The Fire currently have two defenders; Jorge Corrales from Tulsa and the New York Red Bulls 2016 first round draft pick Justin Bilyeu on trial. Both could be an answer for defensive depth. With a few unnamed center back targets, Chicago has some work to do this offseason.
Although Chicago sit second in the league, they have now lost two matches in a row. Even though they were difficult road trips, it has put the spotlight on some serious weak points in the roster. This is currently a Chicago side that is good and should make a dent in the playoffs. If they want silverware, Chicago needs to work it out with David and bring in some final pieces.