Fire pregame report: April 9 vs. D.C.

CHICAGO - The Chicago Fire (0-1-0, 0 pts.) will look to bounce back from a tough season opening defeat on Saturday evening, when the "Men in Red" will square off against former captain and current Head Coach Peter Nowak and his D.C. United (1-0-0, 3 pts.) squad in the Nation's Capital. Kick-off from Washington D.C.'s RFK Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. CT, and the match can be seen live nationwide on high-definition network HDNet. Fire fans can also follow the match live via Chicagoland radio stations WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish) and WNVR 1030 AM (Polish).

Chicago Fire at D.C. United
Saturday, April 9 @ 6:30 p.m. CT: RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Satellite: KU Band AMC 9, Ch. 23
Radio: WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish), WNVR 1030 AM (Polish)

Chicago Fire Recovery Room
Caballero, Samuel - R hamstring strain - Questionable
Capano, Craig - L torn ACL surgery - Out
Sanneh, Tony - R hip and hamstring strain - Out
Thorrington, John - L hamstring strain - Doubtful

See the Fire in High-Definition at The Globe Pub's Viewing Party
Don't have a TV set capable of viewing high-definition channels to watch this weekend's game on? Don't worry, because the Chicago Fire and The Globe Pub, located at 1934 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago, are teaming up to host a viewing party for the Fire-United contest, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. While the 25-cent wing deal and multiple beverage specials should be reason enough to view the match with fellow Fire fans, the chance to watch the "Men in Red" in glorious high-definition quality on one The Globe Pub's several flat-screen monitors should seal the deal. For more information on the Fire Viewing Parties this weekend and all season long, visit

Series History vs. D.C. United
The regular season series between the combined winners of the first four MLS Cups is nearly split down the middle, but the Fire will carry a slim 9-8-3 advantage into Saturday's match-up at D.C. United. The Fire has collected a 3-6-1 record against the "Black-and-Red" at RFK Stadium, but after losing its first three contests from 1998-2000, the "Men in Red" have split the series in D.C. 3-3-1 over the past four years, including last year's lone road victory of the season, a 1-0 triumph on Apr. 24. Despite a sub-par 2004 campaign, the Fire had plenty of success against D.C., going 3-1-0 against the eventual MLS Cup Champions.

Marsch and Guerrero to Make the Rounds on Sunday Night Sports Shows
Saturday night will not be the only time to see members of the "Men in Red" on TV, as midfielder Jesse Marsch and D/M Ivan Guerrero will make appearances on two of Chicago's most-watched weekly sports programs this Sunday night. Marsch will appear on WFLD-Fox 32's The Final Word, with host Corey McPherrin, at 10:00 p.m., while Guerrero can be seen on WGBO-Univision 66's popular Univision Deportes Extra with Hector Lozano at 10:15 p.m. Both players will talk about the Fire's first two games of the season and the anticipation building up for the Fire's final home opener at Soldier Field, which will take place next Saturday, Apr. 16 against the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m.

Quick Kicks vs. D.C. United

  • Defender Leonard Griffin will be unavailable for Saturday's contest, as the second-year UCLA product earned a one game suspension from MLS after receiving a red card (two cautions) in last week's season opener at FC Dallas.

  • Forward Nate Jaqua posted career-highs in both shots (5) and shots on goal (4) in the 2-1 loss at Dallas.

  • Defender Jim Curtin's consecutive games played (63) and started (61) streaks are expected to continue Saturday at RFK Stadium. Both streaks are the longest in club history, but Curtin is also on pace to break the all-time MLS marks should he once again play out the full season schedule as he has in the past two seasons. Former Kansas City Wizard Peter Vermes holds the career record in both categories, as his 29-month long streak spanned 88 games, while Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman holds the leader among active players with 67 straight starts. Curtin's stretches of consecutive appearances and starts rank him seventh and sixth, respectively, all-time in the categories.

  • Three of the Fire's eight wins during the 2004 campaign came against D.C. United.

  • Saturday night's match-up at RFK is not the only game of the weekend between the Fire and United, as the two squads' respective Reserve teams will square off in the first of 12 Reserve League contests to be played this year on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. CT at the RFK Auxiliary Fields.

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