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Continuing the countdown from Monday, Chicago Fire is up next as one of the 3 best Designated Player cores in MLS:
2. Chicago Fire
The Fire has had a great season so far currently 3 points behind leaders Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference. It is great for the club and their fans since they have missed the playoffs for 4 straight seasons.
Chicago’s success is largely due to the fact they were able to pull off a major rebuild to their squad in the offseason. They were able to bring in MLS veterans Dax McCarthy and Juninho and two other DP’s we will get to later. Let’s get into the 3 DP’s of the Chicago Fire:
Left Wing David Accam is currently the longest-serving Designated Player in Chicago and for good reason. The Ghana International transferred from Swedish side Helsingorgs IF in 2014 and has been with the Fire ever since. Accam has carried really bad Fire teams over the past few years and the fact he now has talented players around him is great for him to shine and perform at a high level.
David Accam admits there are 'a lot of offers' for him, doesn't give a hint about his future: https://t.co/gWnVJrPzgm
— NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSChicago) August 6, 2017
Ever though there have been rumors of him moving to another club this summer, the Fire has reportedly picked up his 2018 option in his contract. Staying in Major League Soccer would be the best for Accam, Chicago and even the league itself as he is such a big talent in MLS.
Striker Nemanja Nikolic was part of the huge rebuild last offseason moving from Polish side Legia Warsaw for a fee of $3M. The Hungarian has become an instant success in America scoring 16 goals in 22 appearances in his debut season with the Fire. Even though Nikolic is currently going through a 4 game goal drought, he is still one of the deadliest strikers in the league and will be a key part of Chicago’s run in the playoffs.
— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) July 18, 2017
To round out this DP core, it is the one and only Bastian Schweinsteiger. After being at the bottom of Manchester United’s depth chart, Schweinsteiger was allowed to join the Fire in March this year. Many people thought he wouldn’t perform well in America but he has proved his critics wrong becoming the main centerpiece in the Fire’s 4-3-3 formation.
As stated in many interviews, Schweinsteiger’s enjoying life in Chicago. The World Cup winner really likes the league saying it will complete with top leagues like the Bundesliga and the Premier League in the next decade. Playing in Major League Soccer is the best decision for his career and if he is happy playing in America, the Fire and MLS are happy too.
Bastian Schweinsteiger on the MLS: "It is young but the goal should be to be on the same level like the Bundesliga or Premier league." pic.twitter.com/ENn0xhliau
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 4, 2017