Magee, Soumare key in Fire run

By Jacob Onak

It’s official: The Chicago Fire are on a hot streak.

Starting with a 1-1 draw on May 25, the Fire have not lost a match. In its past seven games Chicago has gone 5-2-0, most recently beating the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a U.S. Open Cup match.

Why are they suddenly heating up, you ask? Two words: Mike Magee.

Magee came over from the L.A. Galaxy in the Robbie Rogers rights trade on May 25. It wasn’t a bad trade for the Fire. Magee had been playing well with the Galaxy and Rogers hadn’t played for some time, but I don’t think anyone could have thought Magee would recharge the Fire like he did.

Since he came to back home to Chicago, Magee has scored in every one of his games. How’s that for making an impact?

He has four goals for the Fire which adds on to the six he got in a Galaxy uniform this year.

Magee isn’t the only reason the Fire have been successful, however.

The re-acquisition of center back Bakary Soumare from the Philadelphia Union has helped solidify the back line and is one of the biggest moves of the season with Arne Friedrich’s recent retirement announcement.

Friedrich, a former German international, had been recovering from an injury in Germany and finally decided to call it quits on June 23 after deciding the recovery was too much to handle.

Soumare has partnered with Austin Berry, last year’s MLS Rookie of the Year, and the two are starting to form a solid partnership.

However if the Fire want to remain successful they can’t allow the opposition to score first. In its past two games Chicago has allowed both Columbus and Colorado to score first, mostly from mistakes from Berry.

If the Fire can shore up their defensive efforts and continue to be productive offensively than they should be able to make a run to get into the playoffs.