1. Kenneth Kronholm
Far from the most exciting name on the Chicago Fire roster, Kenneth Kronholm might the most crucial player for the team this season. It doesn’t matter how capable everyone else on the field is if the goalkeeper keeps costing them at the back. That’s exactly what Kronholm did on several occasions last year.
His errors came in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes Kronholm would mess up a simple pass at the back. He would then come out way too far off his line, putting himself in no man’s land while also making things incredibly easy for the opposing striker. If neither of those happened, he might just fail to catch the ball, spilling a juicy rebound.
It was a disastrous start to life in Chicago for the German-American, but he somewhat improved by the end of the campaign, which has given fans a tinge of hope that he will be much more solid this upcoming season.
The Fire cannot afford to give away easy goals, which means Kronholm has to become a reliable goalkeeper. If he cannot, any good work further up the pitch will be for nought.