MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Chicago Fire

The struggling Fire has dropped into last place in the Eastern Conference, and will travel to Red Bull Arena to face another floundering team.


New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Coundoul; Albright, Marquez, Ream, Miller; Lindpere, Ballouchy, McCarty, Richards; Henry, Agudelo.


OUT: FW Luke Rodgers (plantar fasciitis); MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); GK Frank Rost (R quadriceps tear);

QUESTIONABLE: DF Jan Gunnar Solli (R quadriceps strain)

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Pause, Gibbs, Mikulic, Segares; Pardo, Grazzini, Paladini, Pappa; Oduro, Nyarko.


OUT: DF Mike Banner (R knee meniscectomy); MF Marko Maric (L posterior capsulitis); DF Steven Kinney (L groin strain);

QUESTIONABLE: DF Cory Gibbs (L groin strain); FW Diego Chaves (R knee pain); FW Gabriel Ferrari (R ankle sprain)

  • The Red Bulls' league struggles continued last weekend, as they lost 3-0 at Real Salt Lake. New York has now won just once in its last 10 MLS matches.
  • Chicago lost 4-2 at Vancouver on Sunday, continuing its dire run of form. The team has gone eight MLS matches without a win, and has a league-low two wins on the entire season.

  • New York's Designated Player goalkeeper Frank Rost will miss this match with a right quadriceps injury. Bouna Coundoul will step in to the starting role.
  • Chicago announced the signing of its second home-grown player Thursday. Kellen Gulley, a 17-year-old forward, will not make his debut until the 2012 season.
  • The Fire has dropped into last place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-7-13 record.