Fire v Union match preview

A few notes of interest for the Fire/Union match tomorrow night.

  • Former Fire defender Bakary Soumare could start for the Union.  He played in a reserve match last week and is listed as probable on the latest injury report.
  • The Union are 5-4-1 at home but are 4-0-0 with John Hackworth at the helm.
  • Steven Kinney is no longer listed on the Fire's injury report
  • Frank Klopas has hinted that Sherjill MacDonald could get a start soon
  • With a victory the Fire could pull to within three points of the top spot in the East.  They also have a game in hand on the New York Bulls.
  • A Fire win will give each of the top five teams in the East at least 11 victories.  I think you're looking at the top 5 finishers right now.  New York, Houston, Sporting, DC, and Chicago will all battle for positions.  Columbus has the most realistic shot at cracking the top 5 but it will take an amazing run coupled with a collapse by one of the contenders to get in.

Referee

Fotis Bazakos

Injury Report

CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)

PHILADELPHIA UNION -- OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms); QUESTIONABLE: FW Antoine Hoppenot (nasal bone fracture); MF Michael Farfan (L foot contusion); MF Jimmy McLaughlin (L shoulder sprain); PROBABLE: DF Bakary Soumare (R knee menisectomy recovery)

Prediction

The Union have won 4 in a row at home at every home match is a must win.  The four victories have come against Sporting, Toronto, Montreal, and New England.  The Fire are 3-5-3 on the road but a close loss in New York and a draw in San Jose shows they can compete in difficult road matches.

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  • should be a fun match to watch. i hope klopas tells the team to attack instead of sitting back while on the road. i feel we play much better when we're not sitting back and we're applying the pressure on the opposing team.

  • Good stuff as always Guillermo. Have you considered including match date, time, and TV info in these previews? This is usually my first stop for what's going on with the Fire and it'd be nice to not have to go somewhere else for that stuff.

  • In reply to madtown:

    Check the "Fire Schedule & Results" tab up top. Tomorrow's game is at 6pm, on Galavision.

  • Also, I'm going to break give Chicago the benefit of breaking through tomorrow, seeing as how they've found a way to spark the offense a bit more the last few games. I think a 2-1 win would also be a nice way to avenge the Jon Conway flat-on-his-back game loser last year.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    I think they've got a great shot at winning this one because they're simply a better team than Philadelphia but I gave the Union the benefit of doubt due to recent home form.

  • Millionaros is playing La Equidad. Rafael Robayo isn't starting and has yet to make an appearance for them.

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    Capable of a 1-0 win or 0-1 loss. I don't think they will score 2 on us. So it's our game to decide.

  • Sean Johnson has been called for the USMNT match against Mexico on Wednesday. He will depart for Mexico City tomorrow.

    Marco Pappa has also been called for Guatemala's match against Paraguay in Washington DC on Wednesday night.

    Orr Barouch also will participate in the next Israeli U-21 match.

    Johnson and Pappa are expected to return and be available for the Fire's next match against New England.

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