Is there another level above 'must-win'? How about 'we will begin to doubt the entire underpinning of this roster if we cannot win'? As noted in our preview material, the Fire need nothing less than three points if the 2013 season is going to be about anything other than the Open Cup.
Ryan traditionally posts predictions, something which I am ordinarily loathe to do ... but traditions don't make themselves, so I'll close my eyes and plunge in: 3-1 Fire, with two from Magee and one from Duka - Silva with the marker for United.
If you can't be at Toyota Park this evening, why not share the glory and majesty of an 8 vs. 10 matchup with us here on Hot Time? I'll post gameday 18s in the comments as soon as they're released.