In Major League Soccer, securing a point on the road isn’t, generally, a bad thing. But for the Chicago Fire today against the New York Red Bulls, three points absolutely needs to be the goal.
New York is reeling, having lost two straight, and the Fire will need to seize upon the opportunity to grab the team’s first road win since 2019.
“In Atlanta, we had the first chance of the game, we were good for 15-20 minutes, but after that, we lost it,” defender Boris Sekulić said. “So, I hope this time we will be concentrated 90 minutes.”
The Fire’s injury report is still lengthy. Elliot Collier is again listed as questionable, but Raphael Wicky indicated he should be available for this match, which will give Chicago at least one attacking option off the bench.
Also of note: because of the early kickoff, the Fire were able to fly to New Jersey on Friday—rather than Saturday. Because of the pandemic, MLS generally requires that teams travel on gameday when the flight is less than three hours.
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #3 | Saturday, May 1 | Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Kickoff: 12 p.m. CT
Steaming: CFFC Live - free to watch at ChicagoFireFC.com and the Chicago Fire mobile app for fans living in the Chicago TV market
Out of Market Streaming: ESPN+
Radio: TUDN 1200AM
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown
Fire training video! #cffc #cf97 pic.twitter.com/y5VbhJBA1b— Patrick McCraney (@patrickmccraney) April 30, 2021
Chicago Fire Injuries
- OUT: Fabian Herbers (right knee)
- OUT: Stanislav Ivanov (left knee)
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Miguel Navarro (right ankle)
- OUT: Ignacio Aliseda (left thigh)
- OUT: Carlos Teran (left thigh)
- QUESTIONABLE: Elliott Collier (left ankle)
New York Red Bulls Injuries
- OUT: Jason Pendant (shoulder)
- OUT: Youba Diarra (hamstring)
- OUT: Patryk Klimala (Visa/ITC)
Next up for the Fire
Saturday, May 8 - Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union at Soldier Field, Chicago (12 p.m. CT, WGN-TV and CFFC Live)