This Sunday the Chicago Fire will bring their undefeated record into Giants Stadium to take on the New York Red Bulls.
The Fire (3-0-6) currently stand atop MLS's Eastern Conference standings, six points ahead of the last place Red Bulls.
Last week the Fire broke their MLS-record streak of five consecutive ties with a 2-0 win at Toronto FC, and they will look to continue their solid road play by defeating New York for the second time this season.
Chicago, who will be playing in the second match of a three game road
trip Sunday, do not figure to have too many lineup changes from the
side that defeated Toronto. Defender Gonzalo Segares, although he is
listed as questionable, will likely be sidelined for the third game in
a row with a lower calf injury. Should Segares be unable to play,
Brandon Prideaux should get the start in his place.
Another possible lineup change for Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett would
be the insertion of Forward Chris Rolfe into the lineup for Patrick
Nyarko. Rolfe, who was the leading scorer for the Fire last year, has
only started one match this season and his recent run of good form
certainly (in my mind at least) warrants a start.
The Red Bulls will be without midfielder Jorge Rojas on Sunday due to a
red card suspension. How Juan Carlos Osorio replaces his second
leading scorer should be interesting. I predict that he will slide put
Dane Richards out onto the wing and insert Albert Celades into Rojas's
attacking midfielder spot.
I really don't see the Red Bulls stopping the Fire this Sunday.
Chicago should come in with some confidence after their win at Toronto
and I think they will continue their good run of form with a victory in
NY. As for a score, I'll say 2-1 to the Fire, with goals from Rolfe
How do you see the match unfolding? What about the Fire's lineup? Who's in your starting 11?
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