MLS Preview: D.C. United - Chicago Fire
Formerly two of the Eastern Conference superpowers, both these sides find themselves on the outside of the playoff spots looking in.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Burch; Najar, Simms, King, da Luz; De Rosario, Wolff.||
OUT: MF Branko Boskovic (L ACL tear); MF Chris Pontius (R tibia fracture); DF Jed Zayner (L knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Dejan Jakovic (R hamstring strain)
PROBABLE: DF Ethan White (L MCL sprain)
|Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Pause, Anibaba, Mikulic, Segares; Nyarko, Videira, Paladini, Pappa; Oduro, Chaves.||
OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari (L knee ACL reconstruction); DF Steven Kinney (lower abdominal strain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Cristian Nazarit (L quad strain)
||DID YOU KNOW?|
Chicago is six points below the final playoff spot with two games remaining. Any dropped points here will eliminate the Fire from postseason contention, though results elsewhere will likely do that anyways.
- D.C. is only a point ahead of Chicago, but with an extra game remaining.
- In their first meeting this season, Chicago’s Sebastian Grazzini and D.C’s Josh Wolff traded second-half goals before the clubs settled for a 1-1 draw, Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.
- Dominic Oduro is the only player besides Ante Razov to score a dozen goals for the Fire in a single season.
- Dwayne De Rosario leads the league in goals-scored. He has 14, tied with Thierry Henry and Chris Wondolowski. DeRo is the only player in double digits in both goals and assists.
- Both of these sides lost Wednesday matchups by 2-1 scorelines. Chicago faced FC Dallas, and D.C. succumbed to the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Top 3 Predictions
D.C. United 2-1 Chicago Fire
- 41.67 %
D.C. United 1-1 Chicago Fire
- 16.67 %
D.C. United 3-0 Chicago Fire
- 8.33 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 4, 2013||D.C. United 0 - Chicago Fire 3|
|USA - Open Cup (OC)||Aug 7, 2013||Chicago Fire 0 - D.C. United 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jul 20, 2013||Chicago Fire 4 - D.C. United 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 2, 2013||Chicago Fire 2 - D.C. United 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 27, 2012||Chicago Fire 1 - D.C. United 1|
|Oct 27, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Houston Dynamo 2||MLS|
|Oct 18, 2013||Sporting Kansas City 1 - D.C. United 0||MLS|
|Oct 12, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Philadelphia Union 1||MLS|
|Oct 4, 2013||D.C. United 0 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Oct 1, 2013||D.C. United 1 - Real Salt Lake 0||OC|
|13||Austin da Luz||Midfielder|
|14||Dwayne De Rosario||Midfielder|
|-||Diego Gonzalo Cháves de Miquelerena||Striker|
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