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The Chicago Fire saw their home stretch and four-game unbeaten run come to a crashing halt last weekend, falling 3-1 to the Columbus Crew. In the second of three consecutive matches at Soldier Field (where the Fire have won just once in their three matches this year), Chicago plays host to the Colorado Rapids, who have lost just once in seven matches this season, yet won for just the second time last weekend in claiming a 2-1 victory against D.C. United in Denver.
REFEREE: Ricardo Valenzuela. SAR (bench): Jose Andrade; JAR (opposite): David Bragg; 4th: Abbey Okulaja
MLS Career: 53 games; FC/gm: 35.2; Y/gm: 4.8; R: 22; pens: 16
Games involving Fire: P16 W10 L3 T3; FC/gm: 36.7; Y/gm: 5.1; R: 6; pens: 4
Games involving Rapids: P7 W4 L3 T0; FC/gm: 33.9; Y/gm: 5.4; R: 5; pens: 3
INJURY REPORT: CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage) ... COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: DF Jeff Stewart (R knee); PROBABLE: FW John Spencer (L hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: CLB: Brian Maisonneuve (10 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): Fire 10 wins (0 shootout), 40 goals ... Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 23 goals ... 3 draws
IN CHICAGO (10 meetings): Fire 8 wins, 27goals ... Rapids 2 wins, 9 goals ... 0 draws
The Chicago Fire lost for the second time in three matches this season at their usually impenetrable fortress of Soldier Field, falling to the Columbus Crew 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Fire are still tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference, though, with 10 points from eight matches, level with the MetroStars.
The Colorado Rapids set an MLS record by staying unbeaten for a 16th consecutive match at home, defeating D.C. United 2-1 at Invesco Field at Mile High to extend their season unbeaten run to three matches. The Rapids remain in fourth place in the Western Conference despite the victory, with 10 points from seven matches on the season.