A red-hot New York comes up against the Fire, with both looking to get back in the groove following the international break.
|Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa; Nyarko, Oduro.
OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); MF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis)
DOUBTFUL: DF Arne Friedrich (R hamstring strain)
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Meara; Solli, Holgersson, Conde, Pearce; Lindpere, Marquez, McCarty, Richards; Cooper, Henry.
OUT: MF Teemu Tainio (R knee sprain); FW Jose Angulo (R knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Thierry Henry (R calf strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- New York is second in the East with 26 points. Chicago is eight points back in fifth.
- The Red Bulls are the hottest team in the league. They are unbeaten in six, having won five of those games. Interestingly, all five of those wins came by a one-goal margin.
- Kenny Cooper is a large part of the reason for this hot streak. The striker has scored in each of New York's last four games and is tied atop the scoring charts with 11. Thierry Henry is third with nine.
- Chicago's Marco Pappa, second on his team with three goals, scored against the United States with a late free kick to secure Guatemala a point in World Cup qualifying this week.
- New York has yet to draw away. It has either won (four) or lost (three) thus far.