THE HOME DEPOT CENTER
1 pm PT (ESPN2)
The Chicago Fire’s depth and resiliency will be truly tested in one of the real marquee matches to this point in the MLS season, as the two conference leaders meet in the Fire’s visit to play the Los Angeles Galaxy. Both teams think they’ve had somewhat of a middling season, yet both have been getting results – the Fire with one loss in their seven games, the Galaxy losing for the first time at home last weekend. It will also be a clash of styles – the Galaxy having scored and allowed the most goals in the league this season, while the Fire have allowed the second-fewest goals this season.
REFEREE: Hector Tobon. SAR (bench): Fabio Tovar; JAR (opposite): Emiliano Monje; 4th: Arnold Baldeaux
MLS Career: 3 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 2.3; R: 1 pens: 0
Games involving Galaxy: first game
Games involving Fire: P1 W0 L0 T1; FC/gm: 32.0; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 1; pens: 0
LOS ANGELES GALAXY – OUT: FW Carlos Ruiz (R ankle sprain); MF Peter Vagenas (groin surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Tyrone Marshall (L MCL sprain); DF Danny Califf (R MCL sprain) ... CHICAGO FIRE – OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); QUESTIONABLE: FW Nate Jaqua (R foot injury); PROBABLE: FW Ante Razov (lower back strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: LA: Jovan Kirovski (USA; June 13 v Grenada); Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica; June 13 v Haiti) ... CHI: Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley (USA; June 13 v Grenada); Damani Ralph, Andy Williams (Jamaica; June 13 v Haiti); Dipsy Selolwane (Botswana; June 19 v Malawi)
YELLOW PERIL: LA: Peter Vagenas (10 CP in 2 gms); Chris Albright (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): Galaxy 10 wins (0 shootout), 22 goals ... Fire 8 wins (1 shootout), 23 goals ... 1 draw
AT LOS ANGELES (9 meetings): Galaxy 5 wins (0 shootout), 10 goals ... Fire 3 wins (1 shootout), 9 goals ... 1 draw
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
The Los Angeles Galaxy lost for the first time at home this season, falling to a late goal to a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy still lead the Western Conference and own the league’s best overall record with 18 points from 11 matches, four ahead of the Wizards in the West and two ahead of the Chicago Fire in the overall record.
The Chicago Fire won for the second consecutive home match, this time a dominating 3-0 victory against D.C. United at Soldier Field on Saturday afternoon. The Fire maintained their lead in the Eastern Conference, now two points ahead of second-place Columbus Crew, and two points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy in the race for the top overall record.