Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. DC United
Venue: Toyota Park – Wednesday, June 24 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST)
Match Odds: Chicago Fire 1/1 Draw 5/2 DC United 13/5
Bottom play top on Wednesday evening as Chicago Fire host DC United looking to get their first win in three. DC are back to winning ways after their 2-1 victory over New England Revolution on Sunday night and will be hoping to further extend their lead at the top of the MLS Supporters’ Shield standings here.
Chicago Fire are back in action after enjoying a bye week and should be much more fresh than their opponents. Playing at Toyota Park, where they have won four times from seven matches, should also give the fans confidence that they can give DC a real game.
Despite sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Fire have bright sparks in their team with David Accam and Harry Shipp enjoying solid season’s. Accam is the Fire’s leading scorer on six, while Shipp has two goals and five assists, though Frank Yallop is set to be without the Designated Player striker on Wednesday night as a result of injury.Embed from Getty Images
DC United have won the last two meetings between the two, including the game at RFK Stadium at the start of the month in which Ben Olsen’s men won 3-1.
DCU are sat top of the Eastern Conference on 31 points, seven clear of second-placed New England Revolution and look to be in fine shape to win the conference for the second year running.
Last week they ended their two-game losing streak by beating the Revs but this is their fifth match of six to be played this month, and that could start to have a real effect on performances.
Chris Rolfe is a man in form having netted two late goals to beat New England last weekend, putting him on six for the season, and he will hope to provide the difference again in this one.Embed from Getty Images
DC United have only picked up seven points away from home this season which isn’t a terrific return but they are well and truly clear in first place in the Eastern Conference and head to Chicago as favourites.
Chicago Fire will be without Patrick Nyarko as well as DP’s Shaun Maloney and David Accam.
DC United will be without Eddie Johnson, Sean Franklin, Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Chris Pontius.
Chicago Fire last five: D/W/L/L/L
DC United last five: W/W/L/L/W
Key Stat: DC United haven’t won at Toyota Park since 2009.
Key Player: Harry Shipp – Shipp has been brilliant this season and his killer passes could pick off a DC United team who haven’t had much rest time before this midweek clash.Embed from Getty Images
Chicago Fire 1-0 DC United – DC United have played four times so far in June, with this being their fifth game in just over three weeks. The Fire are ready for this one, they have had more rest time and will look to end three games without a victory with a home win over the Eastern Conference leaders.