The Chicago Fire’s playoff hopes aren’t dead just yet, but they’re definitely hospitalized, looking for a miracle.
Heading into tonight’s match, eight points separate the 12th place Fire and 7th place D.C. United. For Chicago, three points tonight, followed by another three Sunday in Montreal are a must.
“Really important,” Fire defender Wyatt Omsberg said. “We’ll look to build off our win at Red Bull, and then we’ve got a couple home games coming up, but first we’ll focus on trying to get some points out of these last two games.”
Through 23 games this season, the Fire are 6-11-5, with 23 points. Last season, which was shortened to 23 games because of the pandemic, the Fire finished with a record of 5-10-8, for, you guessed it, 23 points.
There is one big bright spot to keep fans watching, though. New “water carrier” CDM Federico Navarro looked great in his 45 minute second half debut against Sporting Kansas City over the weekend. Even if the Fire’s playoff hopes completely slip away this week, Navarro will be one to watch as the team looks toward 2022.
D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #24 | Wednesday, September 15 | Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CT
Streaming: CFFC Live (in the Chicago market), ESPN+ (outside the Chicago market)
Radio: WOJO 105.1 FM
Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- QUESTIONABLE: Ignacio Aliseda (left shin)
- QUESTIONABLE: Francisco Calvo (right thigh)
- QUESTIONABLE: Brian Gutierrez (right ankle)
D.C. United Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Brendan Hines-Ike (hip)
- OUT: Adrian Perez (foot)
- OUT: Chris Odoi-Atsem (quad)
- QUESTIONABLE: Nigel Robertha (groin)
- QUESTIONABLE: Paul Arriola (hamstring)
- QUESTIONABLE: Bill Hamid (hamstring)
- QUESTIONABLE: Donovan Pines (foot)
Next up for the Fire
Sunday, September 19 - CF Montreal vs. Chicago Fire at Stade Saputo, Montreal, QC (12 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Wednesday, September 22 - Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution at Soldier Field, Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Sunday, September 26 - Chicago Fire vs. Nashville SC at Soldier Field, Chicago (12 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Wednesday, September 29 - Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC at SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)