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GAMETHREAD: FIRE v Union, MLS #18, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago needs wins to climb back into contention; match will be broadcast on My50 Chicago locally

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It's gameday in Chicago!

The Fire put out a rather conservative XI for tonight's matchup against Philadelphia, favoring experience and hard tackling in the middle, as Matt Watson starts alongside Jeff Larentowicz in deep midfield. Expect the Fire to show a rough 4-2-2-2 shape, with the players in the top two bands swapping places and playing games in space with abandon:

Philadelphia starts precisely the lineup predicted in our Fireside Chat, with one exception - Michael Lahoud takes the spot we'd predicted Fred would fill.

The benches are unexceptional, with one caveat: 2012 Rookie of the Year Austin Berry, whose trade to the Union raised some eyebrows, is apparently not impressing his third coach this season. Jim Curtain has left the former Fire man off the 18 today.