With a win tonight over NYCFC, the Chicago Fire would have their first three game winning streak since the middle of the 2017 season, when the team had two, four game winning streaks over a nine game stretch.
The two teams will meet at Yankee Stadium—this one was originally slated for Red Bull Arena because the New York Yankees thought they might be in the World Series, but, alas, it’s been shipped back to the Bronx.
It’s either exciting or depressing depending on how you look at it, but Chicago is playing some of their best soccer of the last couple seasons at the moment. Two straight wins, a hard-fought draw with the league-leading New England Revolution before that, and only one loss in the last six—all of this coming after the Fire were out of the playoff race.
“I couldn’t tell you what the biggest change is,” Mauricio Pineda said of the team’s late season success. “Throughout the whole year, our biggest thing has just been going out and fighting every single game, and doing the most in our control to get the results. That’s something that’s shown in our results lately, but I don’t think we’ve necessarily done anything too different.”
Beric Climbs the Chart: Robert Beric’s recent hot streak gives him 20 goals in 55 games for the Fire, good for 12th all time in club history.
Watch Out: The Fire’s Federico Navarro is one yellow card away from a suspension for yellow card accumulation.
NYCFC vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #33 | Wednesday, October 27 | Yankee Stadium, New York
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CT
Streaming: CFFC Live (in the Chicago market), ESPN+ (outside the Chicago market)
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown
Radio: TUDN 1200AM
Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Teran (right thigh)
NYCFC Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Anton Tinnerholm (Achilles)
- OUT: Nicolas Acevedo (lower body)
- OUT: Gudmundur Thórarinsson (lower body)
- OUT: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (lower body)