Fire vs. Chivas USA: Match Preview (The SuperLiga Edition)

Chicago Fire v Chivas USA

The Fire will be looking to continue their SuperLiga success Tuesday night, when MLS rival Chivas USA comes to Toyota Park. [Here is a short preview of the match I wrote up](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/soccer/fire/chi-23-fire-chicago-jun23,0,6367565.story), but I'll dive into some areas I didn't touch upon in that piece here (namely, a prediction...)

So I'll get right to it...
I'm thinking that Tuesday night's match will end in a 1-1 draw. When you look at how the two teams played in their last games this is somewhat surprising, as the Fire were able to play well in their win over San Luis and Chivas played poorly in a disappointing 2-1 loss to what was essentially Tigres's reserve team.

Getting past the recent matches though, I think that the teams are very evenly matched. Because Chivas desperately need a win to have any hope of advancing in SuperLiga, I think that they will come out with more energy than the Fire. I see the Fire getting punished by Chivas early but fighting back later on in the match and ultimately scoring a second half equalizer.

We'll see how the match pans out (I'll certainly be hoping for a Fire win) in the first game of a SuperLiga doubleheader at Toyota Park on Tuesday night.

Side Notes:
Chivas will be without midfielder Sacha Kljestan and defender Jonathan Bornstein for the match. Both players are in South Africa with the U.S. team for the Confederations Cup.

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  • Klejstan has done very little for Chivas this season anyways so that's not too much of a loss in my mind. In terms of the drive each team has to win, Chivas has its obvious connection to Mexico but are they willing to risk league success for success in the SuperLiga? On the other side, I think that Blanco may have a little extra motivation in these games than in MLS regular season matches. Whether the rest of the team does or not is another story; what trophy would Hauptmann rather see in TP's case at the end of the season?

  • Also don't forget that Chivas will likely be out for a little revenge from our last game against them, a game in which they blamed their loss on the ref.

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