Let’s start with a very disappointing-yet-important detail: Saturday’s match between the Chicago Fire and Orlando City (10:30 a.m. CT, Exploria Stadium) will be played behind closed doors. Unlike all the Fire’s other preseason matches, this one will not be streamed live.
Some coaches get very secretive when it comes to scrimmages and preseason matches. Fire head coach Raphael Wicky isn’t one of them. Stream or no stream, the Fire play the same way.
“Look, if anyone wants to find our games or get our games, they will get our games,” Wicky said this week. “All the coaches know each other, or they know an assistant coach, or they know someone. All the teams are filming those games. If you want to get the game, you will get this game. That’s why I’m not in that mindset to hide things.”
The Fire are going for a third preseason win this morning. Chicago picked up victories against NYCFC and Philadelphia, before dropping last week’s match to FC Cincinnati 2-1. Boris Sekulić scored the Fire’s lone goal in that one.
After a month in Florida, the Fire are heading back to Chicago after the match for more training, and two more preseason matches—against Forward Madison (April 7, noon CT), and the Vancouver Whitecaps (April 10, 11:30 a.m. CT). Both matches will be streamed live at ChicagoFireFC.com.
The season opening match against the New England Revolution at Soldier Field (Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., WGN-TV) is just two weeks away. Tickets for that match go on sale to the general public Wednesday. April 7 at 10 a.m. CT.
Chicago Fire FC vs. Orlando City
Preseason Match #4 | Saturday, April 3 | Exploria Stadium, Orlando
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. CT
Live Twitter Updates: Normally, Ruben Tisch handles this for @HotTimeOldTown. But with no stream, we’ll have nothing to say.
Chicago Fire FC Injuries
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (tore ACL last season/nearly recovered), Fabian Herbers (knee), Elliot Collier (ankle), Stanislav Ivanov (knee surgery/out four months). Carlos Terán (quad)