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  • August 3, 2011
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Philadelphia Union

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Philadelphia Union

Chicago returns to league action for the first time in nearly three weeks to take on a Carlos Ruiz-less Philly side still reeling from its first home loss of the season.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Gargan, Gibbs, Anibaba, Segares; Nyarko, Pause, Paladini, Pappa; Oduro, Nazarit.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair); MF Marko Maric (L deltoid sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Gabriel Ferrari (R ankle sprain)

Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): Mondragon; Farfan, Valdes, Califf, Farfan; Daniel, Carroll, Nakazawa, Mapp; Mwanga, Le Toux

INJURY REPORT

QUESTIONABLE: FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Philadelphia won 2-1 when these two sides met earlier in the season, in PPL Park. Philly hadn't lost at home this season until the Colorado Rapids left Chester with three points on Saturday.

  • Chicago has lost its last two league games, but that's hardly recent form. The Fire hasn't played in the league for almost three weeks.
  • Chicago sits in ninth in the East, with 18 points. Philadelphia is second, with 31 points.
  • During its break, the Fire played a friendly against Manchester United and acquired Pavel Pardo. The central midfielder came from Club America and boasts the second most international caps in Mexican national team history.
  • The Union will sell striker Carlos Ruiz to Mexican side Veracruz. The Guatemalan international leads Philadelphia in scoring this year, with six.
  • With Sheanon Williams suspended, the Farfan twins are likely to start in the fullback positions for the Union.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Chicago Fire

Philadelphia Union

Wins
2
3
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
Draw
Philadelphia Union PHI
Philadelphia Union Philadelphia Union
23%
42%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
1 - 1
Philadelphia Union PHI
Chicago Fire FIR
1 - 2
Philadelphia Union PHI
Chicago Fire FIR
0 - 0
Philadelphia Union PHI

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