The Chicago Fire return to MLS competition from the three-week FIFA international break when they host DC United on Saturday at Soldier Field.
The Fire (2-7-5) hold the worst record in MLS and are winless in 10 matches in league play. Chicago hasn’t played since a 3-2 road loss against Toronto FC on May 29 at BMO Field in Toronto. After some time off, the Fire returned for two weeks of training ahead of this weekend’s clash.
Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson said midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring) and winger Jairo Torres (left hip) are each day-to-day. Shaqiri left Switzerland’s final match – a 1-0 win over Portugal on June 12 – in the 21st minute with the injury. Torres has been nursing his injury for some time but is progressing, according to Hendrickson.
DC United (4-7-2) is one spot ahead of the Fire from the basement of the Eastern Conference. United has gone 2-3-2 since it fired Hernán Losada as head coach and promoted assistant coach Chad Ashton to interim head coach in April. DC has seen Designated Player Taxiarchis “Taxi” Fountas break out during that stretch with five goals and three assists in seven games.
The Fire defeated DC United 2-0 on March 12 at Audi Field. Stanislav Ivanov and Jonathan Bornstein each scored for Chicago in the victory.
How to Watch
What: DC United at Chicago Fire
When: 7 PM, Saturday
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
Stream: UniMás, TUDN, Twitter (English audio), MLS LIVE on ESPN+
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