The 2012 MLS season is far from over, but the Chicago Fire are going to have to step on the gas at some point if they want be assured of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. With a 4-2-3 record, the Fire currently sit behind D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls in the East. According to PlayoffStatus.com, Chicago has a 13 percent chance of taking the top spot, but they also have a 34 percent chance of missing the playoffs all together. A couple hot weeks would do wonders for the Fire, but they've managed to take victories and follow them up with less-than-dominating performances lately. In any case, there is quite a bit of time to make things work out well for Chicago.
Here is an updated look at the MLS Standings in the Eastern Conference, as of May 14:
|1||New York Red Bulls||22||11||7||3||1||23||16||7||4-0-1||3-3-0||L-W-W-W-W|
|2||Sporting Kansas City||21||10||7||3||0||13||7||6||4-1-0||3-2-0||W-W-L-L-L|
|5||New England Revolution||12||10||4||6||0||12||13||-1||3-1-0||1-5-0||L-L-W-L-W|
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