So it's the Sounders. They treat us like we're their shorter, zittier cousin from the country, which, in MLS terms stings because it bears a patina of truth. And, y'know, we've never beaten them.
That's right. Fire v Sounders? Zero wins. Cero. Zed. The empty set.
Here's the XI who will try to right this egregious wrong for CF97 this evening, and it's (as we suspected) as close to a first-choice XI as Frank Yallop and gang have available right now:
FIRE @UIHealth Starters vs. @SoundersFC Johnson; Palmer, Hurtado, Soumare, Segares; Ward, Larentowicz ©, Ritter, Joya; Shipp, Amarikwa #cf97— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) June 7, 2014
The Sounders counter with a suspiciously Fire-themed starting group - three former CF97 in the XI? Jebus:
.@SoundersFC Starting XI: Frei; Evans (C), Marshall, Anibaba, Gonzalez; Neagle, Alonso, Pineda, Pappa, Barrett, Martins #cf97 #MLS— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) June 7, 2014
[EDITORIAL: IF the Fire are defeated by a Seattle team which is starting CHAD BARRETT on the wing, I shall be most ... put out.]
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., and the match will be available on My50 Chicago and MLS Live. TO OUR SHATTERED PSYCHES GO!