Last time these two teams faced one another, the Fire came away 3-1 winners, with Robert Berić scoring the winner in the 71st minute.
“They have good individuals,” Berić said. “They are a good team, but we’ve already played against them, we showed that we can beat them, and, hopefully, we can do that again.”
Who’s Hot for the Fire? Last time out against Inter Miami, Luka Stojanović scored his seventh goal of the season, earning MLS Team of the Week honors for three straight weeks. Stojanović, who spent a good chunk of the season on the bench, has made himself irreplaceable since getting another shot in the starting lineup.
Who’s Not? We mentioned Berić scored the winner in the last Orlando matchup, but that was only his second goal of the season, and he hasn’t scored since. One of Beric’s best goals as a Fire player came last season in Orlando at the MLS is Back tournament against the Seattle Sounders, so maybe this is the game he gets things going again with a goal.
Watch Out—If he picks up a yellow card, Álvaro Medrán will be suspended for the next match because of yellow card accumulation. Fabian Herbers is two more yellows away from a suspension—and he just served a yellow card suspension only a few weeks ago. Yellows come with the territory if you’re Fabian Herbers, it seems. He is the Fire’s answer to Roy Kent, after all.
Orlando City vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #21 | Saturday, August 21 | Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL
Kickoff: 7 p.m. CT
TV: WGN-TV (30 minute midseason preview show starts at 6:30)
Streaming: CFFC Live (in the Chicago market), ESPN+ (outside the Chicago market)
Radio: TUDN 1200 AM
Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Ignacio Aliseda (left shin)
- QUESTIONABLE: Carlos Teran (right thigh)
Orlando City Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Sebastian Mendez (lower body)
- OUT: Alexandre Pato (lower body)
- OUT: Uri Rosell (lower body)
- QUESTIONABLE: Nani (lower body)
- QUESTIONABLE: Pedro Gallese (lower body)
- QUESTIONABLE: Mauricio Pereyra (lower body)
Next up for the Fire
Saturday, August 28 - New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ (5 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Saturday, September 11 - Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS (7:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Wednesday, September 15 - D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire at Audi Field, Washington, D.C. (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Sunday, September 19 - CF Montreal vs. Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo, Montreal, QC (12 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)