For Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Olympiacos, their appearances this weekend in Chicago are about building their brands. The teams are getting ready for their upcoming seasons and figure they can expose fans in another country to their players while preparing.
As for the Fire, they have many other issues.
On Wednesday, the Fire were humbled 5-1 by the San Jose Earthquakes. The Earthquakes had been winless in five games and entered the game last in the Western Conference.
No matter, they sent the Fire to their biggest and most embarrassing loss, one that coach Frank Yallop hopes is a one-time occurrence. It had better be, or a season littered with 11 ties could skew much uglier when league play resumes after the exhibition Saturday at Toyota Park against Tottenham.
“The team has to put it behind them,” Yallop said.
That wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Fire, who are only three points out of a playoff spot but are tied for the fewest victories in the Eastern Conference with three. It also might help to add reinforcements beyond midfielder Razvan Cocis before the transfer window closes Aug. 6.
Yallop said the fiasco Wednesday against his former team wouldn’t push him into any impulse buys. He also said the Fire are looking to make more additions and maybe even sign a designated player, which they don’t have right now.
“We’re looking at all options,’’ Yallop said. ‘‘I’ve said this on record, and I’ll say it again: [Chairman] Andrew [Hauptman] is ready to do anything we need that’s right. To get blasted out of the stratosphere with a crazy number? No, but a real solid DP signing is not beyond us at all, and even two. He’s backed everything he’s said.’’
NOTE: At 5 p.m. Sunday, Liverpool will face Greek champion Olympiacos at Soldier Field as part of the International Champions Cup.