For the second week in a row, the Chicago Fire find themselves in a matchup of two teams pushing for their first MLS wins of the season. While the Fire have dropped two straight on the road since drawing the home opener, the Union are a tale of two teams: winless in MLS, but representing the league as a semi-finalist in the Concacaf Champions League.
Make no mistake, despite the Union’s MLS record, winning today won’t be easy for the Fire.
“I think we just keep doing what we’re doing, working hard, and hopefully those things will start to fall our way, get some results moving forward,” Fire midfielder/defender Mauricio Pineda said.
For Fire coach Raphael Wicky, today is another chance to play against an old friend and teammate from Chivas USA, a guy who knows well what it’s like to win a match at Soldier Field: Union coach Jim Curtin.
“He has done a good job,” Wicky said of Curtin. “He has the trust and confidence of his club and that comes with good work. He always creates a good team. They always have a lot of consistency in what they do and I think that’s what makes the strengths of his teams. Next to that, he’s a great person, a great guy.”
A bit of advice: If you’re going today, get there plenty early. Getting in was a struggle at the New England Revolution match. The Fire say they’ve worked out some of the issues, so it should be smoother today, but you won’t want to risk missing kickoff.
Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union
MLS Match #4 | Saturday, May 8 | Soldier Field, Chicago
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
Chicago Fire Injuries
- OUT: Nick Slonina (health & safety protocols)
- OUT: Stanislav Ivanov (left knee)
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Ignacio Aliseda (left thigh)
- OUT: Carlos Teran (left thigh)
- QUESTIONABLE: Gabriel Slonina (health & safety protocols)
- QUESTIONABLE: Fabian Herbers (right knee)
- QUESTIONABLE: Miguel Navarro (right ankle)
Philadelphia Union Injuries
- OUT: Jack de Vries (concussion)
- OUT: Ilsinho (groin)
- OUT: Stuart Findlay (quad strain)
Next up for the Fire
Thursday, May 13 - D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire at Audi Field, Washington, D.C. (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV and CFFC Live)