Chicago Fire Vs FC Dallas: 3 things we learned – Final playoff push

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Chicago Fire, CJ Sapong

BRIDGEVIEW, ILLINOIS – JULY 03: C.J. Sapong #9 of the Chicago Fire celebrates after a goal in the game against the Atlanta United FC at SeatGeek Stadium on July 03, 2019 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Fire’s dominant 4-0 victory over FC Dallas at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Chicago Fire reclaimed the illustrious Brimstone Cup on Saturday afternoon as the Men In Red beat FC Dallas 4-0 at SeatGeek Stadium. It was one of those days where things just go right for the Fire. Everyone was in high spirits following the announcement of new ownership only 24 hours earlier and that positive energy clearly translated on the pitch.

CJ Sapong opened the scoring for the home side, pouncing on a careless giveaway and rounding the keeper before passing the ball into the back of the net. Chicago doubled their advantage ten minutes later when a Brandt Bronico cross made its way to Przemyslaw Frankowski at the back post, who was able to poke home from close range. Sapong then grabbed his second at the half-hour mark, heading home from a Nicolas Gaitan corner, before Nemanja Nikolic volleyed home to wrap up a dominant performance for the Men In Red, all prior to half-time.

Here are three things we learned from the four-goal thumping.

Chicago Fire

COLUMBUS, OH – AUGUST 31: Przemyslaw Frankowski #11 of Chicago Fire celebrates after scoring a goal during MLS regular season game action between the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew SC on August 31, 2019, at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, OH. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

3. One last push

The 4-0 victory kept the Chicago Fire alive in their hunt for the seventh and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They had dug themselves into a deep hole in recent games, with a loss away to the New England Revolution seemingly ending their playoff hopes.

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However, results across the league started going their way, with every other playoff contender consistently dropping points. Now, Chicago find themselves only three points away from a spot in the postseason.

They still have plenty of work to do. The Men In Red will likely have to win all three of their final games to have any chance of sneaking into the playoffs come the end of the season. But at the very least, after being Dallas, Fire fans have a bit of hope to hold on to.

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