Djordje Mihailovic may not be on the Fire anymore, but it’s safe to say he’s been on fire this season since being dealt to CF Montreal in the off season. His four goals, 10 assists and 1943 minutes are all career highs, and there are still ten games left to play. Mihailovic has Montreal hanging on to the seventh and final playoff spot as the Chicago Fire visit town today for a 12 p.m. CT match at Stade Saputo.
For Chicago, it’s the final match of a grueling six game road trip that began back in August. The Fire have dropped four of five matches during that stretch thus far, putting the team in a tough spot. With 30 points left to play for, yes, technically there’s a chance they can qualify for the playoffs. But the Fire would essentially need to run the table on the final 10 games, and hope some of the five teams in front of them drop points, too.
In other words, it’s not happening. But that doesn’t mean the Fire shouldn’t play with pride during these final ten games, and hopefully find positives to build on heading into 2022.
“It’s been a tough road stretch,” said Jonathan Bornstein, who will likely captain the side yet again today. “One of the longest of my career, longest of a lot of players’ careers. But I think the team is feeling positive. We gotta keep pushing.”
After this, the Fire will play the next three at home—two at Soldier Field, and one—the Sept. 29 match against NYCFC—will be at SeatGeek Stadium because of a scheduling conflict with the Bears.
CF Montreal vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #25 | Sunday, September 19 | Stade Saputo, Montreal
Kickoff: 12 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: Francisco Calvo (right thigh)
- OUT: Brian Gutierrez (right ankle)
CF Montreal Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Robert Thorkelsson (adductor)
- OUT: Mason Toye (shoulder)
- OUT: Kiki Struna (calf)
Next up for the Fire
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)