Can a Loss in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Can Help the Chicago Fire?

Heading to Michigan to face the Michigan Bucks on Tuesday, the Chicago Fire did not expect to lose.

But after a 3-2 loss in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, I must say that it could serve as a blessing in disguise.

Losing to a team from the Player Development League (PDL) should be a wake-up call for the Fire.

In the Fire's defense, they have been undermanned with two of their top players sidelined with injuries: defender Arne Friedrich has been out along with midfielder Chris Rolfe. The biggest problem is the offense which has also struggled especially early in games.

With a trip to New England on the horizon and stinging from the loss to the Bucks should have the Fire come out angry and focused. What better way to get a win streak started than against the seventh-place Revolution?

To win on Saturday, the Fire must attack early and often while neutralizing Saer Sene. The MLS...

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