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By Niko, Katai, and Basti We Prosper: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Chicago Fire, MLS Week 19 Preview

The Fire are winless all-time in Vancouver. It’s as good a time as any to fix that.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Chicago Fire Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Of all the teams in MLS that could be a bogey team for the Fire, the fact that one of them is the Vancouver Whitecaps is, frankly, a little embarrassing.

But here we are. Two wins in eight all-time games. Lost every game we’ve played on the road against them.

That’s shameful. And it’s time to break that streak.

Chicago Fire all-time MLS record vs Vancouver Whitecaps: 2W-2D-4L, 9 GF / 10 GA, 8 pts out of 24

Chicago Fire away MLS record vs Vancouver Whitecaps: 0W-0D-3L, 4 GF / 9 GA, 0 pts out of 9

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Back-to-back losses following a six-game unbeaten run. The Fire have a real opportunity to get a result in Vancouver for the first time.

Suggested Lineup

Sanchez; Corrales, Lillard, Campbell, Vincent; Schweinsteiger, McCarty, Bronico; Katai, Campos, Nikolic

Realistically it’s going to be the same setup in the back as the past few games— Vincent at CB, Campos as a makeshift wingback. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Keys To The Match

Hunker Down: In their 1-0 loss to Colorado, Vancouver hit 10 shots on goal— 25 in total— while grabbing nearly 72% of possession. The Fire can probably expect something similar from the Caps. Chicago’s work off the ball will need to be unimpeachable, while Richard Sanchez should prepare for a long night. This isn’t an impossible ask for the Fire, but there’s definitely work to be done.

Invoke The Dark Arts: There’s no gentle way to put this so I’ll just say it— the Fire might need to play dirty. The Caps will be at home and, when they’re in their element, can be very dangerous. The Fire will need to knock them off-balance. Possibly literally.

Don’t Be Heroes: Colorado showed this Vancouver team can be beaten at home. But the Fire’s record at BC Place speaks for itself. Chicago may need to settle for a draw here. That’s ok. Get a result however you can.

How To Watch

Television: N/A

Streaming: ESPN+

Final Thoughts

Can the Fire finally get a result in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments below!