Quite a bit has happened since the last time the Chicago Fire played FC Dallas in a regular season MLS match. The Fire have changed stadiums once, and changed logos twice since that last matchup in September 2019 in Bridgeview. Oh, and there was a global pandemic, too.
But, alas, these two teams will finally do battle again for the Brimstone Cup before a national TV audience on TUDN and Univision (2:30 p.m. CT).
Both teams come into the match relatively healthy, albeit with key players just returning from international duty. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Boris Sekulić (Slovakia), Miguel Navarro (Venezuela), and Brian Gutierrez and Chris Brady (USA U-20s) are all back and healthy for Chicago, and Jesus Ferriera and Paul Arriola are back with Dallas after helping the USMNT qualify for the World Cup.
While the Fire have allowed just one goal this season—good for best in MLS—Fire coach Ezra Hendrickson knows how good Dallas can be on the attack.
“We are very aware of what they have going forward, how they like to defend, the type of players that they have, but our focus is really on us and what we have to do in order to be successful, making sure that we maximize our strengths and limit our weaknesses and not expose ourselves too much and be better going forward,” Hendrickson said.
A bit of #cf97 training video… pic.twitter.com/ylmIVKJdRD— Patrick McCraney (@patrickmccraney) March 30, 2022
Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas
MLS Match #5 | Saturday, April 2 | Soldier Field, Chicago
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. CT
TV: TUDN, Univision (Spanish)
Streaming: Twitter (English)
Radio: TUDN 1200 AM
Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown
Chicago Fire Injury Report
- OUT: Jhon Durán (right ankle)
FC Dallas Injury Report
- OUT: None
Upcoming Chicago Fire Schedule
Saturday, April 9 - Orlando City vs. Chicago Fire at Exploria Stadium, Orlando, FL (noon CT, Univision)
Saturday, April 16 - Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy at Soldier Field. Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV and CF97 Live)
Saturday, April 23 - Minnesota United vs. Chicago Fire at Allianz Field, St. Paul. MN (4 p.m. CT, ESPN)
Saturday, April 30 - Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls at Soldier Field, Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV and CF97 Live)