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After losing three games in a row and allowing 11 goals (including six in one game to D.C. United), the MetroStars suddenly reversed fortune and knocked off the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at home last weekend to reclaim the top spot in the Eastern Conference - as Bob Bradley looks to become the first coach in MLS history to record 100 wins. They face a Chicago Fire that they haven't beaten in seven consecutive league meetings, but one that returns home after seeing their current winless run extended to six games in a 3-1 loss to the bottom-dwelling New England Revolution at midweek.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): Steve Davidson; JAR (opposite): Richard Eddy; 4th: Michael Kennedy
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 2; pens: 0
Games involving Fire: P1 W0 L1 T0; FC/gm: 31.0; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 1; pens: 0
Games involving MetroStars: P1 W0 L0 T1; FC/gm: 29.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 0; pens: 0
INJURY REPORT: CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); DOUBTFUL: DF Evan Whitfield (R groin strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Ante Razov (R ankle sprain); MD Chris Armas (R knee inflammation) ... METROSTARS - OUT: MD Michael Bradley (R foot stress fracture); MD Gilberto Flores (L ankle ruptured tendon); MD Mark Lisi (R ankle sprain); FW Cornell Glen (L quadriceps strain); DF Tim Regan (L knee MCL sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHI: Craig Capano (U.S. U-20 national team)
SUSPENDED: CHI: Scott Buete (through July 17)
YELLOW PERIL: CHI: C.J. Brown (10 CP in 2 gms); Andy Williams (20 CP) ... MET: Jeff Parke (19 CP); Ricardo Clark (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Fire 12 wins (0 shootout), 34 goals ... MetroStars 4 wins (0 shootout), 20 goals ... 2 draws
AT CHICAGO (9 meetings): Fire 6 wins (0 shootout), 17 goals ... MetroStars 2 wins (0 shootout), 6 goals ... 1 draw
The Chicago Fire had their winless streak run to six matches, unable to capitalize on a first-half goal as the New England Revolution exploded after the break for a 3-1 victory Wednesday in Foxborough in the second game of the clubs' home-and-home series. The Fire are now just two points ahead of the Revolution in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with 18 points from 16 games.
The MetroStars put paid to a three-game losing streak, rebounding from a dismal loss to knock off the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at Giants Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the victory - and D.C. United loss later - the Metros resumes the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 22 points from 16 matches, two ahead of United.