Last week before heading to USMNT camp Dax McCarty had a very positive attitude towards Chicago’s trophy chances. Referring to the Supporter Shield, Open Cup, and the league title, saying that it was, “realistic to compete for all three”.
Midweek those dreams fell apart in Cincinnati when they lost in penalties to the USL side. However, they ended the week by snagging first in the supporter shield race from Toronto FC. I would have loved all three, but this reporter is completely fine with two out of three trophies.
Saturday night Toyota Park received another +20K attendance and yet another four goal outing. A brace by Niko means a dominating golden boot lead as well as being on pace for the all time Major League Soccer goal scoring record currently set at 27.
Wednesday night Chicago travelled to Portland without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty playing to a 2-2 tie. A point at a rising Portland team is no easy feat. Although they had their moments, Chicago seemed to be satisfied sitting back and defending for a point. The thing Chicago lacked in Portland was the tactical dominance applied in the past few months.
The usual tactic consists of a defensive midfielder coming back between the center midfielders in possession. This allows the outside backs to push up very high and the three center backs to move the ball from side to side in order to draw out the opposition. Wednesday Chicago just didn’t play that game or hold the ball well.
Nonetheless, going into the Allstar break, Chicago holds the number one spot in the league. Chicago have officially gone from worst to first! Even more importantly, De Leeuw has his very well deserved goal.
-Schweinsteiger left mid game Saturday with “right hip pain” that was not too serious. He seems to have left for precautionary measures as they were already up 3-0.
-Away from cf97, Joey Calistri and Collin Fernandez both start in Tulsa. Joey gets an assist. Dax and Accam both get starts for their respective countries in the USA Ghana match.