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  • October 15, 2011
  • • 7:35 PM
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MLS Preview: D.C. United - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: D.C. United - Chicago Fire

Jonathan Daniel

Formerly two of the Eastern Conference superpowers, both these sides find themselves on the outside of the playoff spots looking in.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Burch; Najar, Simms, King, da Luz; De Rosario, Wolff.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

DC United

Chicago Fire

Wins
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2
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

DC United DCU
DC United DC United
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
66%
17%
17%

Top 3 Predictions

DC United DCU
2 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR
DC United DCU
1 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR
DC United DCU
1 - 0
Chicago Fire FIR

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