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  • March 24, 2012
  • • 8:30 PM
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 18075
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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.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Tornaghi; Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares;Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa; Oduro, Nyarko.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

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
64%
18%
18%

Top 3 Predictions

Chicago Fire FIR
2 - 1
Philadelphia Union PHI
Chicago Fire FIR
3 - 1
Philadelphia Union PHI
Chicago Fire FIR
0 - 2
Philadelphia Union PHI

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