Chicago Fire: 3 things to watch for in MLS return

Chicago Fire (Photo by Timothy Bouwer/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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MLS, Mauricio Pineda
MLS, Mauricio Pineda (Photo by Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

1. Has the defense improved?

A big reason why Wicky shifted formation was to try and bolster a struggling backline. The Fire were not dreadful at the back, but things weren’t ideal either. They conceded sloppy goals, which ultimately cost them.

Francisco Calvo made careless mistakes, while Johan Kappelhof wasn’t able to cover in time. Meanwhile, Brandt Bronico tried his best to cover at right-back but quickly became a liability that was exposed. He is not a natural full-back, and it showed.

The new formation and the arrival of Sekulic should help things right off the bat. Chicago showed plenty of promise going forward, but none of that will matter if they keep conceding goals at the back.

dark. Next. MLS is Back: Power Rankings

Supporters will have to hope the team made the most of the break as an improved defense could make the Men In Red dangerous ahead of MLS is Back.