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Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC: Gameday Guide and How to Watch

Ignacio Aliseda
Chicago Fire FC

There are two teams below the Chicago Fire in the MLS Eastern Conference table at the moment, and one of them, Toronto FC, visits Soldier Field tonight (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live).

For Chicago, it’s a game where anything less than three points is a failure. But, this isn’t the same Toronto team we saw struggling earlier this season—since sacking Chris Armas back on July 4, the Reds have picked up a win and two draws.

It’ll be the first time these two teams have played since 2019.

“I think it’ll be a difficult match, as every game is in this league,” Fire defender Mauricio Pineda said. “Our main focus is to focus on what our job is, what we have to do, how we approach the game, and be ready for that.”

Frank Klopas will be in charge of Chicago tonight, as Raphael Wicky is still in his native Switzerland dealing with a family issue. Klopas said he and Wicky are talking and texting every day. Since Klopas took over on an interim basis, the Fire have one loss (5-1 at Nashville) and one draw (2-2 to D.C. United at Soldier Field).

On loan with the Mingos: Both Alex Monis and Javier Casas, Jr. will suit up for Forward Madison tonight against Fort Lauderdale at Breese Stevens Field (7 p.m. CT, ESPN+). The two will travel back to Chicago after the game.

Suspended Next Yellow: Both Fabian Herbers and Álvaro Medrán face a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation if they pick up a yellow tonight.

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC

MLS Match #15 | Saturday, July 24 | Soldier Field, Chicago

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT

TV: WGN-TV

Chicago Area Steaming: CFFC Live - free at ChicagoFireFC.com or the Chicago Fire mobile app for fans living in the Chicago TV market

Out of Market Streaming: ESPN+ (use our link to subscribe and help support Hot Time!)

Radio: TUDN 1200 AM

Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown

Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences

  • OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
  • OUT: Carlos Teran (right shin)
  • OUT: Francisco Calvo (international duty)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Stanislav Ivanov (left knee)

Toronto FC Injuries & Absences

  • OUT: Ifunanyachi Achara (ACL surgery)
  • OUT: Ayo Akinola (torn ACL)
  • OUT: Richie Laryea (international duty)
  • OUT: Jonathan Osorio (international duty)
  • OUT: Eriq Zavaleta (international duty)
  • OUT: Kemar Lawrence (international duty)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Quentin Westberg (hand)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Auro (lower body)

Next up for the Fire

Sunday, August 1 - Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire at Subaru Park, Chester, PA (5 p.m. CT, UniMas)

Wednesday, August 4 - Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC at Soldier Field, Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)

Sunday, August 8 - Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls at Soldier Field, Chicago (5 p.m. CT, WGN-TV. CFFC Live)