The Chicago Fire travel to Harrison, NJ tonight, where they’ll face the New York Red Bulls (5 p.m. CT, WGN, CFFC Live) for the second time this month, and the third time this season. With very little crossover between the two MLS conferences, we’ve hit the point in the season where there are very few surprises.
“Obviously the players know almost every opponent because we have played them multiple times, some of the teams, and some of the teams are not changing their style,” Fire head coach Raphael Wicky said. “So we know what to expect this Saturday. We still prepare and we still show all these videos about the teams. They are short videos, a few clips on okay, this is what you are going to face, and this is what you can expect, and this is where we could hurt them.”
The Fire lost 2-0 to the Red Bulls back in May, in what was one of the team’s most uninspired performances of the season. But, Chicago was up for the fight earlier this month, beating RBNY 2-1 at Soldier Field after Luka Stojanović scored two quick goals to start the game.
The Fire are still winless on the road during the Wicky era, but tonight will be as good a chance as any to end that streak, and keep any remaining playoff hopes alive.
New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #22 | Saturday, August 28 | Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CT
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)
New York Red Bulls Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Aaron Long (Achilles)
- OUT: Youba Diarra (hamstring)
- OUT: Cristian Casseres (hamstring)
- QUESTIONABLE: Cameron Harper (hip)
Next up for the Fire
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)