Chicago Fire coach Denis Hamlett believes the experience his young players have gained this season holds the club in good stead.
Due to a long list of injuries, the Fire have had to use their entire roster this season but Hamlett says it has been a blessing in disguise as young players have been exposed to the top level.
"I think our young guys this year have stepped up to the challenge," Hamlett said.
"Given the fact of the injuries and all of the games we have had, they have played important games and important minutes and have been able to develop well.
"When you take the reserve league out of play, you have to give them credit because they are thrown into situations where they have fend for themselves in league games," Hamlett added.
"In those games, you have to perform. From that standpoint, you can look at all these guys who have had opportunities and been able to help the team throughout the year.”
The Fire remain in a good position to qualify for the play-offs with just one game in the regular season remaining.
With a record of 10-7-12 and 42 points, Chicago basically needs a win against Chivas USA on Thursday to reach the play-offs.