THUNDER BAY, ON --- July 7, 2015 --- The Thunder Bay Chill (6-2-3) can take one step closer to the post season with a win against the Chicago Fire U-23 (5-3-2) on Wednesday night when the two teams clash at Tbaytel Place at Fort William Stadium. Game time is 7:30 pm.
This is Chicago’s first trip to Thunder Bay since July 22, 2006 which is the last time these two teams met during the regular season. At that time the team was known as the Chicago Fire Premier. The Fire Premier moved to the Great Lakes Division in 2007, but was moved back to the Heartland Division this year.
After two straight losses on the road last week, the Chill rebounded with a 2-0 victory and their first ever regular season win against Chicago who are 15-1-1 against the Chill since 2001. The two teams have each won once in the playoffs in the only two meetings between them.
A loss against the Menace and the first lifetime loss against Springfield Synergy FC have made the battle for the playoffs and the division crown a difficult one for Thunder Bay. The Chill need to win their 3 remaining games and look to the Menace to lose points for any aspirations of a 7th Heartland Division Championship.
“After the two losses we made a few changes that helped both our midfield and back four withstand a lot of the pressure we were taking”, said Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia. “We look forward to getting another win Wednesday, and get the team back on track”. A win or a tie and the Chill will control their own destiny. A loss will have the Chill looking for help from others to qualify.
These last two weeks of the regular season should provide an exciting race to the finish. Depending on what happens it may go down to the last weekend of the season to see who gets into the playoffs. The Chill will await WSA Winnipeg (0-9-2) for the last two games of the regular season on July 17th and 18th. On those same nights Des Moines will host Chicago Fire U-23.
The Thunder Bay Chill plays in the 63 team prospect focused Premier Development League (PDL) which is the top developmental men’s league in North America..