Soccer is a cruel game. More than many other sports, it is capable of producing unfair results. Even when a team is struggling, there are stats that can help show whether a team is just a victim of bad luck, or whether the results on the pitch match what should be happening.
Unfortunately, the stats show through four games, the Chicago Fire are pretty bad:
- Second-worst (tied) in MLS in goals scored (3), ahead of only FC Cincinnati (2)
- Second-worst (tied) in MLS in goals allowed (9), behind only FC Cincinnati & Minnesota United (10)
- Fifth-worst in passing completion (77.31%), ahead of D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union, and New York Red Bulls
- Even in xG, where the Fire have traditionally been strong under Raphael Wicky, they’re only mid-pack at 4.9 xG. In xGA—expected goals allowed—they’re third worst in the Eastern Conference at 6.4 xGA, according to FBRef.
Where are the Fire above-average?
- Seventh in MLS in interceptions (56)
- Tenth in key passes (36)
- Fourth in blocks (67)
And, here’s an interesting one:
- Second-fewest amount of players used (18) - they’re tied with seven teams, and ahead of three more that used only (17).