LAST YEAR: 14-13-7 (Tied for 11th place overall, sixth in Eastern Conference).
WHO’S BACK: F Mike Magee, F Juan Luis Anangono, F/M Patrick Nyarko, M Dilly Duka, M Jeff Larentowicz.
WHO’S GONE: D Austin Berry, D Jalil Anibaba.
WHO’S NEW: Coach Frank Yallop, D Patrick Ianni, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
WHAT’S AHEAD: The Fire have a new coach with Yallop replacing the fired Frank Klopas. They also have a whole season with Magee, the Chicago product and reigning MVP. Chicago transformed into a postseason contender once it acquired him from the L.A. Galaxy and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker, going 12-6-5 after his arrival following a 2-7-2 start. Magee came up big, scoring 15 of his 21 goals following the trade. But the defense is a question after some offseason moves. The Fire acquired Ianni and Hurtado from Seattle for Anibaba and traded away Berry, the 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year.