7:30 pm CT (FSN-BA)
How things have changed in a few months. Last November, Chicago and San Jose were playing in MLS Cup 2003; now, they meet for the final time this season with both teams at the bottom of their respective conferences and currently out of the MLS Cup Playoffs. But the two teams are also seemingly going in different directions. The Earthquakes won for the second time in three matches without loss in their first game after the All-Star break, while the Fire went into the break with nine games without a victory, and then on Monday lost striker Ante Razov for the remainder of the season.
REFEREE: Terry Vaughn. SAR (bench): Richard Eddy; JAR (opposite): Steven Taylor; 4th: Ricardo Salazar
MLS Career: 39 games; FC/gm: 31.5; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 12; pens: 11
Games involving Fire: P9 W5 L2 T2; FC/gm: 31.6; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 2; pens: 2
Games involving Earthquakes: P8 W5 L2 T1; FC/gm: 34.8; Y/gm: 4.4; R: 3; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: FW Ante Razov (R ankle bone spur); QUESTIONABLE: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); PROBABLE: DF Evan Whitfield (lower abdominal strain) ... SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - OUT: DF Chris Roner (R ankle surgery); DF Eddie Robinson (L hamstring rupture); FW Jamil Walker (hip sprain); GK Steve Cronin (R hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: CHI: Jim Curtin (18 CP) ... SJ: Landon Donovan (17 CP)
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): Fire 7 wins (0 shootout), 27 goals ... Earthquakes 5 wins (1 shootout), 19 goals ... 7 draws
AT CHICAGO (9 meetings): Fire 4 wins (0 shootout), 18 goals ... Earthquakes 1 win (1 shootout), 9 goals ... 4 draws
The Chicago Fire began their post All-Star run tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution, both on 19 points from 19 matches. They are two points behind third-place D.C. United, now 13 points off the pace of the division-leading MetroStars. In their last game before the break, the Fire saw their league winless run stretch to nine matches, losing to the Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Invesco Field.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes extended their modest unbeaten run to three matches and won for the second time in that stretch on Saturday, knocking off D.C. United 2-0 at home on Saturday night. The Earthquakes are still in last place in the Western Conference with 24 points from 18 matches, just two points behind joint third place Dallas Burn and Colorado Rapids, now nine points adrift of Los Angeles Galaxy.