E. RUTHERFORD, N.J.
7:30 pm ET (FSN-NY; FSN-Chi)
MetroStars coach Bob Bradley returns home with another chance to claim his 100th career MLS victory - and with another chance of defeating his former club in the back half of this home-and-home series, something he has never done in eight previous meetings in all competitions. The Chicago Fire are looking at the 1-1 draw in the first match as two points lost rather than a point won, but they shook off a seven-game league winless run with a victory against MLS competition in the Open Cup at midweek - while the MetroStars were eliminated by a lower-division rival.
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. SAR (bench): Nate Clement; JAR (opposite): Chip Reed; 4th: Ken Heller
MLS Career: 21 games; FC/gm: 31.6; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 4; pens: 8
Games involving MetroStars: P4 W1 L2 T1; FC/gm: 35.3; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 0; pens: 2
Games involving Fire: P7 W2 L2 T3; FC/gm: 34.9; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 3; pens: 3
CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); FW Ante Razov (R ankle bone spur); QUESTIONABLE: DF Orlando Perez (L quad contusion); PROBABLE: DF Evan Whitfield (R abdominal strain)
METROSTARS - OUT: MD Michael Bradley (R foot stress fracture); MD Gilberto Flores (L ankle ruptured tendon); MD Mark Lisi (L ankle sprain); DF Craig Ziadie (L knee LCL sprain); DOUBTFUL: MD Ricardo Clark (L quad contusion); QUESTIONABLE: FW Fabian Taylor (L ankle sprain); DF Tim Regan (L knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: MF Amado Guevara (R ankle sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHI: Craig Capano (U.S. U-20 national team) ... MET: Pablo Brenes (Costa Rica Olympic team)
YELLOW PERIL: CHI: Andy Williams (20 CP) ... MET: 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
Despite the draw against the MetroStars last Saturday, the Fire saw their struggles continue as they failed to win for the seventh consecutive match dating back to June 5. Still, the Fire remained two points ahead of the Revolution in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with 19 points from 17 games.
The MetroStars were happy to come away with a point in Chicago but still failed to build on their victory a week earlier, now with just one league victory in their last five games. Still, the MetroStars held onto top spot in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 16 matches, still two ahead of D.C. United.