The six game road trip is over, and tonight the Chicago Fire are back at Soldier Field for the first match in a three game homestand. The New England Revolution are in town for a rematch of the season opener. It was game that ended in a 2-2 draw, but began with the best soccer the Fire had played all season—two beautiful goals in the opening 15 minutes.
This time around, the Revs are looking to extend their lead in the MLS Supporters’ Shield race, and the Fire are in 12th place, 12 points out of a playoff spot with nine games to play.
“At the end of the day, it’s gonna be down to how we come out and play,” goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina said. “It’s always about us on the gameday, and I think if we stick to our gameplan, and what Rapha and the coaching staff want from us, then we’ll come out with a positive result.”
Fire head coach Raphael Wicky has said Slonina will get a run of games in goal as the season winds down. Normal number one Bobby Shuttleworth had been a bright spot on an otherwise poor season, but the 17-year-old Slonina is the future at the goalkeeper position, and giving him games now is important.
After receiving a one game suspension for violating team rules, Gastón Giménez and Ignacio Aliseda are apparently available for selection with the Fire tonight. Francisco Calvo and Brian Gutierrez are both still out with injuries. As for the Revs, designated players Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil headline a slew of players listed as questionable.
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution
MLS Match #26 | Wednesday, September 22 | Soldier Field, Chicago
Kickoff: 7 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)
New England Revolution Injuries & Absences
- QUESTIONABLE: Carles Gil (muscular)
- QUESTIONABLE: Maciel (undisclosed)
- QUESTIONABLE: Jon Bell (undisclosed)
- QUESTIONABLE: Gustavo Bou (undisclosed)
- QUESTIONABLE: Edward Kizza (undisclosed)
- QUESTIONABLE: Emmanuel Boateng (undisclosed)
Next up for the Fire
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)
Sunday, October 3 - Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire at BMO Field, Toronto, ON (3 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Saturday, October 16 - New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA (6 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)