Chicago Fire, tethered to Eastern Conference basement, lets another game slide into league-leading pile of draws

Chicago and New York lead MLS in draws, with 13 and 12 respectively. But it was bottom of the East Chicago which gave up a lead to drop two points on Saturday.
HARRISON, N.J. -- The Chigago Fire, bottom of the Eastern Conference, limped into Red Bull Arena winless in its last eight matches. Both teams came into the match desperate for a win, hoping to turn their sliding seasons around for a final playoff push heading into the last third of the season.

But the squads could only muster one point apiece in a four-goal slug.

"It was a good point on the road," Fie head coach Frank Klopas reflected. "Technically we played well. Towards the end we got tired. I am very happy with the result."

It seems peculiar that the manager of a team with only 19 points, shackled in the dungeon of the East, would take delight in a draw, especially as Chicago leads the league with 13 this season.

The lone point was also disappointing because the Fire held the lead going into the halftime break.

"As a group we need to figure out how to get wins,” captain Logan Pause said. "We’ll take anything, but it is disappointing to go one goal up and not get the win."

With Klopas replacing Carlos de los Cobos earlier in the season, the team is still under heavy rebuilding. A series of new players have arrived this summer, including Mexico international Pavel Pardo.

"We have young, new players," Klopas said, almost pleadingly. "We need time and experience playing together."

Pause echoes his coach’s words: "We have had 16 or 17 changes in the team. We are still building. I think we went from one of the oldest teams in the league to the youngest.

"We need to learn to win."

And they need to learn quickly, because this season is slipping away one so-so result after another.

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