What is Causing the Downward Spiral of the Chicago Fire?

MaloneyThese are rough times for the Chicago Fire, Major League Soccer stalwarts since 1998. Currently sitting at the bottom of the standings in league play, knocked out of the U.S. Open Cup in the semifinals by the Philadelphia Union, and short on the heels of losing a bidding war to attract international (albeit aged) superstar Didier Drogba to Montreal, the team is now transferring midfielder Shaun Maloney, a respected international star in his own right, to Hull City in England.  What makes matters worse, Maloney reportedly requested the move back to England himself.  What is going so wrong for Chicago, and why can’t the third largest media market in the U.S. draw any star power?

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