The Chicago Fire return to MLS competition Saturday when they visit Minnesota United at Allianz Field.
The Fire (2-1-4) are coming off a home loss in penalty kicks to Union Omaha of USL League One in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday. Chicago’s lineup against Omaha featured mostly young players, including four players making their club debut. Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson will turn toward his first-choice players in Minnesota.
Chicago (2-1-4) played to a 0-0 draw to LA Galaxy a week ago in its last MLS match. Neither team recorded a shot on net. The Fire’s Gabriel Slonina, who is only 17, earned his fifth clean sheet this season and nine of his career, the most of any goalkeeper in MLS history before turning 21.
Hendrickson could have two players from injuries and back in the Fire lineup with Fabian Herbers (right hip) and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf). Both players have missed the team’s past two MLS fixtures and are listed as questionable for the match.
Minnesota (3-2-2) has won its past two matches, 2-0 against Forward Madison in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday and 3-1 against the Colorado Rapids last weekend in MLS action. The Loons scored three of their five goals in those matches on set pieces from corner kicks. Minnesota will be coming off one fewer day of rest compared to Chicago.
The Fire are 1-2-1 in the all-time series against the Loons, including a 0-1-1 record at Allianz Field. Chicago dropped the first two matches in the series, but won in 2019 and earned a 2-2 draw in 2020.
How to Watch
What: Chicago Fire at Minnesota United
When: 4 p.m. CT, Saturday
Where: Allianz Field; St. Paul, Minnesota
TV: ESPN/ESPN Deportes
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