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The Chicago Fire had a dreadful 2015 campaign. They didn't just finish dead last in the Eastern Conference, but ended the season with less points than any other team in all of Major League Soccer.
Chicago Fire: Looking ahead to 2016
12/26/2015
 
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By: Marco D'Onofrio


The Chicago Fire had a dreadful 2015 campaign. They didn't just finish dead last in the Eastern Conference, but ended the season with less points than any other team in all of Major League Soccer.


As a result of their poor performances on the pitch, the Fire will select first overall in January's MLS SuperDraft. 


It'll be a real opportunity for the team's new head coach, Veljko Paunovic, to begin to shape the club how he'd like. While the team isn't likely to pursue many household names during the offseason, the team could look very different when they kickoff the 2016 season against New York City FC on March 6th.


Last year's Conference finalists - the Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, and Columbus Crew- proved that developing talent and drafting wisely might be the best way to achieve success in MLS. With this in mind, Soccerly takes a look at five likely picks for the Fire to select first overall. 

Joshua Yaro, D, Georgetown 

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Fabian Herbers, F, Creighton 

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While Chicago struggled to keep the ball out of their own net, only six teams in the entire MLS scored less goals than the Fire.


What makes Herbers such an attractive pick is the fact he can play in several different positions, including as a winger or midfielder. The German-born striker has quite a bit of pace, and doesn't necessarily have to be a true No. 9. He could be the perfect complement to the team's Brazilian Designated Player, Gilberto. 

 Jack Harrison, M, Wake Forest

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Harrison is a box-to-box midfielder with a plethora of talent and experience. The freshman is originally from Bolton, England, and spent time in the Manchester academy. He played 22 games in his first season, scoring eight goals and providing 11 assists.


He was named the 2014 Gatorade high school Player of the Year and has several teams interested in his services. While NYCFC is trying to stake a claim to sign the 19-year-old as the club's Homegrown Player, the midfielder is likely to be available for selection if the Fire so choose. 

Abu DAnladi, F, UCLA

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Probably the second best forward likely to be available next month. The striker is originally from Ghana, and could be a real beast in Major League Soccer. He has a ton of pace, and found the back of the net at will during his time with UCLA.


Truth be told, the aforementioned Habers may be a better fit for the Fire, but Dunladi could have quite a stellar professional career wherever he ends up. 

Tim Kubel, D, Louisville  

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Another German-born player, but Kubel is a versatile defender who can play in several positions. He may not necessarily have the immediate quality that a number one overall pick should, his ability to play anywhere in a back four is an intriguing asset.


However, he would prefer to play right-back and the consensus is that it is his best position. In a league where a quality full-back can be hard to come by, Kubel could be a real standout player for years to come. 

 
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