Monday, May 24, 2010

Fire drop a spot in power rankings

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire are in the midst of a busy non-MLS month. And without a league match this past week, Chicago still dropped a point to 12th in's weekly MLS Power Rankings.

The Fire (2-3-3) resume league play this Thursday when they host FC Dallas (7 p.m., ESPN). Chicago has not experienced a victory since its 2-0 blanking of the Houston Dynamo on April 24.

There is some curiosity to see how the Fire can bounce back into MLS action having gone so long without a win. They rotated some players into the mix during their two Sister Cities International Cup matches, losing to finish last out of the four participating squads.

"I guess we'll find out Thursday," Fire midfielder Justin Mapp said. "Some of these players have played a lot of minutes in the past week or two with the Sister Cities Tournament and league play. It's important to get them their rest. ... I guess we'll find out Thursday if that'll affect us, but I think we'll bounce back."


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