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No room for error as Fire visit the strangely buoyant Fool Kings; cf97 needs all three points. 7 pm CDT kickoff, televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, via the web at NBC Live Extra; radio en español a La Ley 107.9FM

Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles should be in fine voice tonight - welcoming home an US Open Cup Champion'll do that for ya.
Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles should be in fine voice tonight - welcoming home an US Open Cup Champion'll do that for ya.
Larry French

Chicago's 31st MLS match of the 2013 season will take place on a warm evening in the nation's capitol, against a team whose whiteboard read "Regen: Champagne" just a couple of days ago. Surely the Fire will take this game by the neck, win handily, and announce (yet again, yet again) their candidacy for the happier sort of mediocrity?

Suscribe to this gamethread to get automatic updates - we feature hilariously overwrought on-the-spot commentary (yes, I'm talking about me), and I'll write a game story which, hopefully, won't have to be a pensive meditation on the futility of fandom. Four back of fourth with four to play - at least the description of the task at hand has a nice rhythm to it.

As usual, look here for lineups about an hour before kickoff (NBCSN, 7 p.m. CDT).

Oh, prediction? It says here the Fire take care of business, 3-1, despite never quite dominating the way one would like.

Eastern Conference

# Club PTS GP PPG W L T GF GA GD HG HGD RG RGD
1 New York Red Bulls 52 31 1.68 15 9 7 48 37 11 27 15 21 -4
2 Sporting Kansas City 48 30 1.6 14 10 6 43 29 14 28 13 15 1
3 Montreal Impact 46 29 1.59 13 9 7 48 44 4 29 11 19 -7
4 Houston Dynamo 44 30 1.47 12 10 8 38 37 1 23 9 15 -8
5 Philadelphia Union 42 30 1.4 11 10 9 38 39 -1 21 5 17 -6
6 Columbus Crew 41 31 1.32 12 14 5 40 41 -1 19 8 21 -9
7 New England Revolution 41 30 1.37 11 11 8 42 34 8 26 12 16 -4
8 Chicago Fire 40 30 1.33 11 12 7 38 45 -7 28 7 10 -14
9 Toronto FC 26 31 0.84 5 15 11 29 45 -16 22 0 7 -16
10 D.C. United 15 30 0.5 3 21 6 20 52 -32 14 -9 6 -23