Chicago Fire: Things are starting to finally click after position changes

Chicago Fire (Photo by Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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Things are finally clicking for the Chicago Fire

It’s Sunday night football in the Windy City as the Chicago Fire took on Atlanta United at Soldier Field. Sitting towards the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings, the Fire, coming off an impressive win against Houston, took care of business to bring another win home. Here are the top three things we learned from the Fire’s impressive 2-0 victory against United.

Position changes for the Chicago Fire

The 4-2-3-1 has been the formation that has clicked for Raphael Wicky and his men. They had a lot of tinkering done within the team since his arrival but it has been one that has been effectively bringing results and positive outputs for his team.

Wicky decided to change things up with Aliseda playing at left mid, Herbers at central attacking mid, and Mihailovic at right mid. He might the right decision in taking out Frankowski from the starting lineup.

At the start of the game, Herbers and Aliseda shined immediately with good opening play. Aliseda would cut through the wing and slotted himself in the middle of the box. Herbers makes an effective run played in by Gimenez that ended up in the first goal for the Fire.

Herbers continued to provide attacking input for his team firing effectively through balls to find his teammates in dangerous positions of the counter-attack. He found good space playing off with Beric. Herber’s distribution was extremely effective when it mattered most.

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Robert Beric in hot form

Robert Beric has been on a goal-scoring streak lately. After receiving a lot of stick from fans, Beric has been proving himself lately.

Mihalovic would flick a nice pass to find Beric who had a beautiful finish inside the box giving the Fire a 2-0 lead. He continues his hot run scoring 4 in 4.

Beric has built confidence in himself which is exactly what the Fire needed. With the confidence and tweaks that Wicky has made with his team, every little aspect of the movement of attack has been slowly kicking in together.

Gimenez shines once again

As highlighted before, Gaston Gimenez has consistently shined throughout this season for the Fire. His role in the midfield of winning the ball back and dishing out tremendous passes is massive for the counter-attack. In this match, he mounted another assist to his tally which contributed to Herber’s goal, now Giminez’s assist total stands at 3. His exquisite crossing abilities allowed the Fire to get in behind the defense to pounce for a quick goal.

Should Giminez continue his form of distributing vital passes to his teammates, the Fire will continue to effectively become better offensively. Gimenez and his partner Medran must continue to build and grow their chemistry. The assists will continue to come naturally since the attack is becoming more clinical as the weeks go by.

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Overall, an impressive performance from the team. They played well offensively as well as defensively. Things are starting to click for the Fire as a counter-attacking team since everyone is starting to play their roles respectively in every position on the pitch. The Fire are in for a wild ride heading to Montreal to play counter-attacking opponents.