After two regular season matchups and a preseason contest so far in 2021, it’s safe to say the Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union know each other quite well at this point.
The Union beat the Fire 2-0 at Soldier Field in May, and the two teams played to a 3-3 draw in Chicago in June. Philly’s Cory Burke scored in both of those matches.
“They’re dangerous,” Fire goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth said. “They have some big boys up top. They have a system that they play really well. We have to be wary of that, we know what we’re getting ourselves into.”
Fire coach Raphael Wicky is back on the sideline tonight, after missing the last three matches to deal with a health emergency involving his dad in Switzerland. Fire captain Francisco Calvo is also back with the team after spending the last month with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup. With Jonathan Bornstein playing so well on the left side of the 3-5-2 in Calvo’s absence, it will be interesting to see if Wicky immediately slots Calvo back into the lineup.
Stats that might make you happy or sad, depending on how you look at them:
Incredibly, the Fire now lead all of MLS in chances created, with 183, sitting ahead of both the New England Revolution (177) and Sporting Kansas City (173). The Fire are also second in the league in total shots, with 181. Robert Beric leads the team with 32 shots, but has just two goals all season. Bobby Shuttleworth is third in MLS in saves, and first in the Eastern Conference, with 56.
Both Álvaro Medrán and Fabian Herbers are one yellow card away from a suspension for yellow card accumulation.
Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #16 | Sunday, August 1 | Subaru Park, Chester, PA
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. CT
TV: UniMas, TUDN
Radio: TUDN 1200 AM
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown
Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Carlos Teran (right shin)
- OUT: Javier Casas Jr. (right shin)
- OUT: Elliot Collier (left foot)
- OUT: Miguel Navarro (right shin)
Philadelphia Union Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Alves Powell (hamstring)
- QUESTIONABLE: Jack DeVries (concussion protocol)
- QUESTIONABLE: Anthony Fontana (concussion protocol)
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 15 - Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew at Soldier Field, Chicago (5 p.m. CT, WGN-TV. CFFC Live)