Another day of MLS preseason soccer is in the books and it provided many talking points for fans. Perhaps the greatest of all these talking points is that the Chicago Fire is still undefeated through their first four games.
This may come as a surprise to some fans, especially with the team’s inability to make the playoffs last season. Thankfully for Fire fans, the emergence of new players and solid team chemistry have played a crucial part in the team’s 4-0 start.
What is even more impressive about the fast start is that the team has yet to give up a goal. So far, the Fire has outscored opponents 7-0 — beating D.C. United two times by a combined score of 3-0, Florida Gulf Coast University by a score of 1-0, and soon to be official MLS club Orlando City by a resounding score of 3-0.
It would be one thing if these four games were against low-level teams that are not capable of producing talented players, but these teams are not like that one bit. FGCU is one of the top Division I schools in Florida, D.C. United is a supposed MLS Cup contender this season, and Orlando City is making the jump to the big leagues next season. Each team has the talent to beat a team like the Fire, but Chicago has just played tremendous soccer recently.
Benji Joya scored his second goal for the Fire this preseason to give them the win today against United. Could this be the player who is the catalyst for the Fire attack this season? With how well he played for the final 30 minutes of the game, it sure looks that way. Coaches and fans have been extremely excited for Joya to emerge as one of the leading attackers for Chicago.
If Joya and the Fire continue their attack-minded play, the team could see large success headed their way in not only the up-coming Desert Diamond Cup in Arizona, but also for the 2014 MLS season.