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GAMETHREAD: Chicago v Tottenham, lineups & discussion

Fire field experimental XI that features captain Jeff Larentowicz, normally a defensive midfielder, in the back line

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At least we're getting a different look tonight.

After an epic defensive collapse Wednesday against San Jose, the prospect of Chicago's usual back line facing a talented Tottenham XI tonight at Toyota Park was daunting - we gave up five to the 'Quakes, for the love of Zoroaster. Manager Frank Yallop apparently agrees, fielding an XI against Spurs that has a decidedly experimental feel:

That's the usual starting XI with the centerbacks excised and replaced with a backup and a defensive midfielder. It will be interesting, that's certain.

Tottenham responds a lineup that features everyone's favorite American Englishman, Brad Friedel, as well as plenty going forward. This is as close to a first-choice XI as Spurs have at the moment:

The subs benches are mainly of interest to Fire fans for the inclusion of Razvan Cocis on the CF97 list:

Let's remember: This matters how much? None much! None much at all! Come on, you Men in Red!