As another disappointing season comes to a close, the fans and players are full of disappointment. The fans in particular have lost all hope, and with the retirement of Alan Gordon, Brandon Vincent, and Christian Dean, their chances of becoming a successful franchise had seemed to have ceased.
The Fire didn't want their fans to lose hope just yet. In December of 2018, the fire acquired forward Fabian Herbers from the Philadelphia Union, although no one seemed to give much attention to this news, the Fire didn't stop there. That same month, they signed Sporting Portugal's Marcelo Ferreira.
This helped the fans keep their heads high, but the next day fan favorite Jonathan Campbell had left the fire for the Seattle Sounders. Not long after, dutch forward Micheal De Leeuw had also left the fire for the Netherlands. Two fan favorites were now gone, and the fans had again lost their hope.
Later, the fire had announced that they have re-signed head coach Veljko Paunovic. Pauno is now entering his fourth season with the Fire. He led Chicago into the playoffs in 2017, but fell 4-0 to Bradley Wright Phillip's New York Red Bulls in the Knockout Round.
The MLS Super Draft had approached and the Fire had acquired Ebenzer Ackon, Grant Stoneman, Mark Forrest, and Amando Moreno. The Fire continued to add to their roster, as they signed Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Cristian Martinez, and Andre Reynolds II. All the pieces were coming together, but one important piece seemed to be missing. Recently the Fire acquired MLS veteran goalkeeper David Ousted, a huge signing that brings fire fans a sign that this could be the season the men in red prove that the Chicago Fire will no longer be seen as one of the worst in the league. Can the Fire bring the Cup to the Windy City?!