The Chicago Fire will look to snap a four match losing streak tonight when they host Inter Miami CF at Soldier Field (5 p.m. CT, UniMas).
With the departure of assistant coach David Zdrilic, it will be interesting to watch if there’s any change in formation or tactics for the Fire tonight. Raphael Wicky said this week it was his decision to part ways with Zdrilic, because the two had “different visions.”
With the Fire still searching for their first win of the year, Wicky said managing the team’s mentality has been a massive part of his work as head coach.
“I think it’s very, very important and that’s also my job and the job of the staff that we keep the spirits high, the moods high, that we keep the positivity,” Wicky said. “Even of course, when you come back after a loss, I mean, we are not dancing on the tables. We are not happy, of course. But then I believe after a day or two of sleeping over it and analyzing it, you have to be positive again. You have to bring the moods up and the spirits up, and try to enjoy what you do because that’s the only way out, and the only way back to winning.”
Chicago’s once-huge injury list continues to dwindle. Defender Carlos Teran is listed as questionable, but he told Hot Time this week he’s feeling great and hopes to play tonight. Gaston Gimenez is also questionable with an injury he apparently suffered in the first half of the loss to D.C. United. Fellow designated player Ignacio Aliseda is still out, but is getting closer to making his return.
Other notes: The Fire will wear the “Love Unites” warm up tops pre-match tonight (Buy one here and support Hot Time!) For the game, the white “Lakefront Kits” will make their Soldier Field debut. The Fire have reduced the number of zones at Soldier Field which should free up movement for fans around the stadium. They’ve also increased capacity to roughly 12,000, so this could end up being the biggest crowd of the season thus far. As usual, try to get to the stadium early, to be sure you won’t miss kickoff. Parking—especially at the North Garage—has been slow, because security guards are sweeping under cars and checking every trunk before they’re allowed to enter.
Chicago Fire vs. Inter Miami CF
MLS Match #6 | Saturday, May 22 | Soldier Field, Chicago
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CT
Radio: WOJO 105.1 FM
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown
Chicago Fire Injuries
- OUT: Nick Slonina (health & safety protocols)
- OUT: Stanislav Ivanov (left knee)
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Ignacio Aliseda (left thigh)
- QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Teran (left thigh)
- QUESTIONABLE: Gaston Gimenez (right hip)
Inter Miami CF Injuries
- OUT: Nicolas Figal (undisclosed)
- OUT: Robbie Robinson (undisclosed)
- OUT: Kelvin Leerdam (undisclosed)
Next up for the Fire
Saturday, May 29 - Chicago Fire vs. CF Montreal at Soldier Field, Chicago (12 p.m. CT, WGN and CFFC Live)