Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Fire’s embarrassing 2-1 loss to FC Cincinnati at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.
The Chicago Fire’s 2019 season hit a new low on Saturday night as the Men In Red lost 2-1 to last place FC Cincinnati at SeatGeek Stadium. The away side took a shock lead in the opening minute of the game, Allan Cruz pouncing on a loose ball in the area to poke home from close range.
Chicago would get the chance to equalize from the spot when CJ Sapong was taken out near the half-hour mark, but Nicolas Gaitan could only hit the post from the resulting penalty attempt. The game was postponed moments later, a lightning storm in the area forced the players to return to the locker room. They came back out about an hour later and the Fire went on to win another penalty. It was saved, but Gaitan was able to slam the rebound home to tie the game. A tense affair followed, and Cincinnati were able to grab a winner late from Fernando Adi to hand the Fire another loss on the season.
Here are three things we learned from the desperate 2-1 defeat.
3. Paunovic, unfortunately, isn’t going anywhere
At the time of writing, Veljko Paunovic is still the head coach of the Chicago Fire. It’s safe to assume he will keep his job for the time being, and that simply is an embarrassment. The Men In Red should be competing near the top of the Eastern Conference, but they are instead losing at home to the worst team in the league.
There’s so much talent on the roster, especially going forward, yet Paunovic is unable to get results out on the field. The team have clearly given up on him, and he’s not got any solutions to try and fix these ever-growing problems.
However, the front office doesn’t care that the team isn’t meeting expectations, which means Paunovic will get all the time in the world. After surviving a performance like this, it’s fair to believe he’ll be staying for the rest of the season, no matter what happens. If that proves to be the case, it would be a slap in the face to everyone in the Chicago Fire fanbase.