MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Philadelphia Union
The Fire holds their home opener in Toyota Park against Philadelphia with the Union still chasing their first point of the season.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Tornaghi; Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares;Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa; Oduro, Nyarko.||
OUT: MF Steven Kinney (R posterior tibialis tendinitis)
|Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; G. Farfan, Califf, Valdes, Lopez; M. Farfan, Gomez, Carroll, Daniel ; Pajoy, Mwanga.||
QUESTIONABLE: DF Chris Albright (R groin strain); MF Michael Farfan (R quad strain); DF Gabriel Farfan (R quad strain)
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Philly and Chicago have a symmetrical 1-2-1 record against each other. The Fire has a 7-6-3 record against Union coach Peter Nowak.
- Both coaches Nowak and Frank Klopas played for the 1998 MLS Cup-winning Chicago Fire.
- New signing Lionard Pajoy scored for Philly in the 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids. The Union are still pointless in the 2012 season.
- Union captain Danny Califf was dropped for that match. Nowak claimed after the match that Califf was injured, an assertion the U.S. international defender denied to reporters.
- Chicago kicked off the 2012 season with a 1-1 draw against the expansion Impact in Montreal. Dominic Oduro scored the equalizer, his 13th goal in 12 months for the club.
- Sebastian Grazzini provided the assist. He now has either a goal or an assist in nine of his 12 appearances for the Fire. The Argentine averages a point every 86 minutes in MLS.
Top 3 Predictions
Chicago Fire 2-1 Philadelphia Union
- 27.27 %
Chicago Fire 3-1 Philadelphia Union
- 18.18 %
Chicago Fire 0-2 Philadelphia Union
- 18.18 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 3, 2013||Philadelphia Union 1 - Chicago Fire 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 18, 2013||Philadelphia Union 1 - Chicago Fire 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 11, 2013||Chicago Fire 0 - Philadelphia Union 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Oct 3, 2012||Chicago Fire 1 - Philadelphia Union 3|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 12, 2012||Philadelphia Union 1 - Chicago Fire 3|
|Oct 27, 2013||New York Red Bulls 5 - Chicago Fire 2||MLS|
|Oct 19, 2013||Chicago Fire 1 - Toronto FC 0||MLS|
|Oct 12, 2013||FC Dallas 2 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Oct 4, 2013||D.C. United 0 - Chicago Fire 3||MLS|
|Sep 28, 2013||Chicago Fire 2 - Montreal Impact 2||MLS|
|3||Carlos Enrique Valdes||Defender|
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