When the Chicago Fire face New York City FC this morning at the Omni Orlando Resort, it’ll mark the first time the team has played since losing to, well, that same NYCFC side on MLS Decision Day last November.
The Fire will stream the match live at the club’s website, ChicagoFireFC.com, starting at 11 a.m. CT. After four months in hibernation, the club dusted off play-by-play man Tyler Terens, who will go “full Concacaf,” and call the match solo. Per MLS rules, the match stream is only available to people who live within 75 miles of Soldier Field.
All but a couple players should be available for Chicago. Goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm is still recovering from his ACL tear. He’s getting closer, but still hasn’t taken part in full team training, so he’s out for today. As is midfielder Alvaro Medran, who is in the final day of his quarantine. He recently received his U.S. green card, and the process delayed his arrival in the U.S.
We’ll also be watching to see how many minutes Fire head coach Raphael Wicky gives to Michael Vang, a forward who had a great first season in 2020 with the Fire’s USL partner, Forward Madison. Vang is on trial, hoping to impress Wicky enough to earn a contract.
Chicago Fire FC vs. New York City FC
Preseason Match #1 | Saturday, Mar. 13 | Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Kickoff: 11 a.m. CT
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown (from our Ruben Tisch)
Chicago Fire FC Injuries
- OUT: GK - Kenneth Kronholm (tore ACL last season/nearly recovered)
Remaining Fire Preseason Schedule
March 20 – Chicago Fire FC vs. Philadelphia Union at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex (2:00 p.m. CT)
March 27 – Chicago Fire FC vs. FC Cincinnati at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (10:30 a.m. CT)
April 3 – Chicago Fire FC vs. Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium (10:30 a.m. CT) / Return to Chicago
Chicago matches - There may be two more preseason matches once the team gets back to Chicago. They sound likely, but nothing’s finalized yet.