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October 27, 2012 4:20 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 20017‎
L. Pajoy 50′

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - D.C. United

These two playoff-bound teams will battle it out for postseason position, with the winner taking second in the East.

By Keith Hickey

Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Friedrich, Berry, Alex; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; McDonald.


OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)
D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Pajoy, Maicon Santos.


OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain)
  • D.C. is in second place in the East with 57 points. Chicago is in third, just one point behind. The winner of this match will finish in second place.
  • D.C. extended its undefeated streak to six games and clinched a place in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a 3-2 win against Columbus at RFK Stadium.
  • In the previous meeting between these sides, D.C. topped Chicago 4-2 at RFK stadium on Aug. 22.
  • That was the capital club's first win against Chicago since Aug. 29, 2009, a 1-0 win at Toyota Park. But the Fire haven’t defeated United at home since a 1-0 win in 2006.
  • United brings an impressive six-game unbeaten run with a 5-0-1 record in this matchup.

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25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
20Á. FernándezDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Pavel PardoMidfielder
15Sherjill MacDonaldStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
-Chris RolfeStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
8Dominic OduroStriker
9G. FrancoStriker
28Bill HamidGoalkeeper
14Brandon McDonaldDefender
-Dejan JakovicDefender
22Chris KorbDefender
27Branko BoškovićMidfielder
55Marcelo SaragosaMidfielder
13Chris PontiusMidfielder
14A. NajarMidfielder
14Nick DeLeonMidfielder
23Perry KitchenMidfielder
-L. PajoyStriker
31Joe WillisGoalkeeper
3Robbie RussellDefender
-Emiliano Ariel DudarDefender
-Raphael AugustoMidfielder
-Stephen KingMidfielder
-Hamdi SalihiStriker
-Maicon SantosStriker
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