If you’re looking to see the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field this season, you have two more chances.
The Fire host Nashville SC today at (12 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live) in what will be the next-to-last match on the Lakefront this season. (This Wednesday’s match against NYCFC was pushed to SeatGeek Stadium because of a scheduling conflict with the Bears.)
The Fire are well out of the playoff race, so it will be interesting to see if Raphael Wicky gives playing time to more of the team’s homegrowns, many of whom have been starved for playing time this season, if they’ve seen any at all. One homegrown who is almost sure to play—17-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, who should see his third straight start in goal.
Nashville, on the other hand, is rolling. CJ Sapong and Dax McCarty’s squad is looking to extend their lead over NYCFC for second place in the East. Last time out, Nashville absolutely throttled the Fire 5-1, with Hany Mukhtar scoring a hat trick in a six-minute span in the first half.
Check this out: Can you light up a soccer ball? Head over to the Burnham Downs tailgate at 10:30, because the Fire are apparently giving away $1,000 to the winner of a soccer ball speed kick contest. Second place wins $600, and third place wins $400. Not bad at all!
Chicago Fire vs. Nashville SC
MLS Match #27 | Sunday, September 26 | Soldier Field, Chicago
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)
- QUESTIONABLE: Luka Stojanovic (right ankle)
Nashville SC Injuries & Absences
- OUT: None
Next up for the Fire
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)
Wednesday, October 20 - FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire at TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Saturday, October 23 - Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake at Soldier Field, Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Wednesday, October 27 - New York City FC vs Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)