It's Copa Frank, and it kicks off presently! At watch parties and in living rooms across Chicagoland, let's get ready to bring home three points!
Montreal's lineup is the anticipated 4-1-3-2, with Jack McInerney inserted up top alongside Marco Di Vaio , and only Collen Warner screening what has been (to this point) a highly suspect back four. Karl Ouimette replaces Hassoun Camara in the middle, to unpredictable affect:
XI #IMFC Perkins; Pearce Ferrari Ouimette Miller; Romero, Felipe, Warner, Mapp; Di Vaio, McInerney #IMFClive— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) April 12, 2014
Meanwhile, the Fire counter with the lineup that dominated Philadelphia for long stretches last week, save one change: Alex is inserted as a more attack-minded central partner for Jeff Larentowicz, in favor of Matt Watson:
#cf97 @UIHealth Starting XI vs. #IMFC: Johnson; Palmer, Hurtado, Soumare, Cochrane; Nyarko, Larentowicz ©, Alex, Shipp; Amarikwa, Magee— ChiFireMatch (@ChiFireMatch) April 12, 2014
The subs for Chicago have a lot of youth and potential, especially absent former captain Logan Pause, who is with his wife, Vaneesha, in anticipation of a new child. Homegrown player Chris Ritter makes the gameday 18 for the first time, and the Fire have three Homegrowns in the 18: Ritter, Harrison Shipp (who starts again), and Victor Pineda.
#cf97 @UIHealth Substitutes vs. #IMFC: Reynish, Ianni, Ritter, Watson, Pineda, Joya, Anangono #MTLvCHI— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) April 12, 2014
Montreal's subs bench will have Impact supporters grinding their teeth: Patrice Bernier starts on the pine, again.
Subs #IMFC : Bush, Brovsky, Camara, Mallace, Bernier, Smith, Gonzalez #IMFClive— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) April 12, 2014
LET'S DO THIS!
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