Home Is Where the Heart Is For the Chicago Fire

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The Fire's only victories this year have come on their home field of Toyota Park.

BRIDGEVIEW- There is no doubt that the 2013 Chicago Fire have struggled a great deal. A very sharp contrast from last year's playoff team, the Fire have struggled on both sides of the ball.

This year Frank Klopas' squad only has seven goals for compared to 17 goals against. The Fire are just 2-7-2 with just eight points on the 2013 campaign. They currently sit  eighth in the Eastern Conference standings.

They are 0-3-1 in their last four games, but they did manage to defeat the Charlotte Eagles in their U.S. Open Cup tournament game on Wednesday night. Today however, it's their MLS record that counts this afternoon.

The good news in all of this is two things...... Number one, both of the Fire's wins this season have come on their home field. And number two, the DC United are winless away from RFK Stadium this season.

The United are a miserable 1-9-2 with only five points which puts them at the very bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. They have gone 0-6-1 in their last seven games and have only scored two goals in that span while allowing an outstanding 17 goals.

Clearly the Fire have the advantage heading into this afternoon's contest. They will need a flawless game from goalkeeper Sean Johnson. The Fire's defense must also continue the trend of suffocating DC's offense as the rest of the league has done so far.

If the Fire can keep the United out of the goalie box then they will have a shot. Of course they will also need to score some goals to back up the defense. Expect forwards Patrick Nyarko and Chris Rolfe to get a lot of touches today.

Here are today's starting lineups:

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The rain seems to have finally tapered off but it's still chilly here at Toyota Park. If your coming to the game today, please dress accordingly. During the game you can follow me on Twitter for updates @GabeSalgado82 #cf97


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