D.C. United look to snap back into form against Chicago Fire after being drubbed by Philadelphia 3-1 last weekend. Chicago also looks to return to winning ways after a series of losses against Vancouver, LA Galaxy, and Orlando.
It will be an interesting evening – the Fire are two points ahead of D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings and hold the 9th and final playoff spot. The Black-and-Red must gather as many points as possible in the coming weeks to keep their playoff hopes alive or risk another disappointing end to the regular season campaign.
We’ll look to see some significant roster shakeups tonight. Tyler Miller is out for the next four to six weeks with an injury sustained during the Philadelphia match, we anticipate Alex Bono starting. Meanwhile, Ted Ku-DiPietro more than earned a start for his standout performance last week. If he’s at full fitness, we’d expect to see him in the XI.
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Key Player: Ted Ku-DiPietro
Play your kids. Ku-DiPietro came through for D.C. in the dying moments of the match to disrupt Andre Blake’s chance at a clean sheet. The tenacious Ku-DiPietro has been one to watch this season as he’s found his form and executed a series of heroics for the Black-and-Red.
Watch Out For: Kei Kamara
Veteran striker Kamara is an absolute danger on the pitch, able to pick his way through a backline with ease. The Black-and-Red will need to stay sharp on the defense to shut him down.
Challenges: D.C. United still is struggling to find its form with new signings and outgoing players. The Black-and-Red will have to come together to pull off a convincing performance tonight and in the weeks to come as they work toward the playoffs.
Previously: D.C. and Chicago last met in April when they played to a scoreless draw at Soldier Field.
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (leg), Tyler Miller (abdomen)
Chicago Fire FC Availability:
Out: Chris Mueller (right upper leg), Victor Bezerra (right lower leg), Javier Casas Jr. (right lower leg)
Location: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Sergii Boiko
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV