The Fire return from their World Cup break looking up from the bottom.
So there's no time like the present to start winning as the Fire (2-4-8, 14 points) resume Major League Soccer play at home Wednesday against Toronto FC.
The Fire share the MLS Eastern Conference cellar with Montreal — ex-Fire coach Frank Klopas' team — after the Impact thumped the Houston Dynamo 3-0 on Sunday. The teams are tied for ninth, but Montreal has more wins.
"At some point we've got to turn our draws into wins and we've got to start getting points or we won't be in the picture," Fire coach Frank Yallop said. "There's 20 games left and you can't start letting three, four games go by."
The Fire have had a promising June, going 2-1 with two ties in all competitions. During the three-week World Cup break they advanced to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with two victories.
"We're ready to test ourselves now and get back in the hunt," Yallop said. "Although we've only lost four games out of 16 proper games played — 14 in the league, two in the (Open) Cup — we haven't won enough.
They also got healthier. Patrick Nyarko, still recovering from a knee injury and foot surgery, is the only player definitely out.
The Fire will need all hands during a hectic run of four games in 10 days that includes three straight on the road.
Toronto FC (6-4-2, 20 points) is missing two top players.
Goalkeeper Julio Cesar carried Brazil into the round of 16 with shootout saves in a victory against Chile over the weekend while recent midfield acquisition Michael Bradley is with the U.S. men's team.
Toronto is unbeaten (3-0-2) in league play since a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls on May 17.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun