Formerly two of the Eastern Conference superpowers, both these sides find themselves on the outside of the playoff spots looking in.
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Burch; Najar, Simms, King, da Luz; De Rosario, Wolff.||
OUT: MF Branko Boskovic (L ACL tear); MF Chris Pontius (R tibia fracture); DF Jed Zayner (L knee sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Dejan Jakovic (R hamstring strain)
PROBABLE: DF Ethan White (L MCL sprain)
|Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Pause, Anibaba, Mikulic, Segares; Nyarko, Videira, Paladini, Pappa; Oduro, Chaves.||
OUT: MF Gabriel Ferrari (L knee ACL reconstruction); DF Steven Kinney (lower abdominal strain)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Cristian Nazarit (L quad strain)
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Chicago is six points below the final playoff spot with two games remaining. Any dropped points here will eliminate the Fire from postseason contention, though results elsewhere will likely do that anyways.
- D.C. is only a point ahead of Chicago, but with an extra game remaining.
- In their first meeting this season, Chicago’s Sebastian Grazzini and D.C’s Josh Wolff traded second-half goals before the clubs settled for a 1-1 draw, Aug. 18 at Toyota Park.
- Dominic Oduro is the only player besides Ante Razov to score a dozen goals for the Fire in a single season.
- Dwayne De Rosario leads the league in goals-scored. He has 14, tied with Thierry Henry and Chris Wondolowski. DeRo is the only player in double digits in both goals and assists.
- Both of these sides lost Wednesday matchups by 2-1 scorelines. Chicago faced FC Dallas, and D.C. succumbed to the Vancouver Whitecaps.