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Brian Sandalow

Sports contributor

Brian Sandalow is a sports contributor at the Chicago Sun-Times.

A week after leaving the Fire’s Sept. 17 game because of a persistent quadriceps problem, Shaqiri played twice in four days for Switzerland.
Lagerwey checks all the boxes current sporting director Georg Heitz doesn’t, but signing him could be difficult.
The Fire’s 3-2 loss to Charlotte FC officially ended their postseason hopes and came after they built a 2-0 lead.
The Fire currently play at Soldier Field, where they are a secondary tenant behind the Bears.
The Fire were without multiple key players for Tuesday’s loss to CF Montreal.
Jhon Duran scored twice and Xherdan Shaqiri also connected, but the Fire are still last in the league with 31 goals.
In July, Mansueto said he’d like to bring back Heitz as sporting director. Mansueto needs to reconsider.
Mueller has starred since coming to the Fire, but there’s concern about whether he’s tiring.
In three losses to the East’s best teams, the Fire were outscored 8-1 and faded further from the playoff race. They also lost Xherdan Shaqiri and Rafael Czichos to injuries.