The Seattle Sounders are riding a two-game losing streak that took a lot of shine from their form, which they went 6-2-1, and made it look like a top-two result was still within reach. The Sounders, now eighth in the West, can move up to fifth with a win over the Chicago Fire today.
However, The Fire has found itself on a solid path of its own. Once at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, they have improved from their previous sixth place 3-3-0 to 12th place and are only six points away from a playoff spot. Most recently, they defeated Toronto FC 2-0 in a game that saw forward Jhon Durán score his first MLS brace. He is surrounded by several other talented attackers in Chris Mueller, Xherdan Shaqiri and Brian Gutierrez. They’ve also been up and down on defense, with Gaga Slonina recording eight shutouts but also conceding at least two goals in nine games.
The last time the Sounders visited Chicago was in early 2019, a match they won 4-2 behind a rather scintillating game. That was seen as a breakout game for Jordan Morris, who scored and assisted in his second game after his first ACL injury.
- Although the Sounders have a commanding 9-3-4 all-time advantage over Fire, the more recent encounters have been more balanced. The Fire have won three of their last four meetings with the Sounders outside of Seattle (including one during the MLS is Back tournament). This will be the first time the Sounders have ever played at Soldier Field.
- Jhon Durán scored twice in the Fire’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC after netting just once in his first 13 MLS games.
- The Sounders have been ruled out in consecutive games. The last time they went three straight games without a goal was in 2018.
- The Fire is coached by Ezra Hendrickson, who was a Sounders assistant from 2009-2014 before becoming S2’s head coach from 2015-2016.
OUT: M João Paulo (SEI, knee), F Raul Ruidíaz (hamstring), M Obed Vargas (back), Stefan Frei (health and safety protocols)
DOUBT: Jhon Durán (left ankle)
AUS: Javier Casas Jr. (Health and Safety Protocols), Alex Monis (Health and Safety Protocols), Wyatt Omsberg (left foot)
REF: Pierre-Luc Lauziere; AR1: Oscar Mitchell Carvalho; AR2: lye, Arfa; 4th: Calin Radosav; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Jeff Musk
Match date/kick-off time: Saturday, 5:08 p.m. PT
Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago
online streaming: Amazon Prime (Affiliate Link, In-Market), ESPN+ (affiliate link, out of market), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Local English TV: Fox13+ (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller, Zakuani)
Locas SpaniardsH radio: El Rey 1360h (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Local Spanish TV: KUNS-TV Univision Seattle
Australia: beIN Sports
Bulgaria: Max Sport
Czech Republic: Nova Sport
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports
Sweden: C More
Ukraine: Soccer 1
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