7:30 pm CT (FSW; FSN-BA)
Last year's MLS Cup Finalists meet for the second time this season, having earlier played to a scoreless draw in San Jose. But the teams will look somewhat different from the first meeting - and last November's - as international duty again affects the squads. The Chicago Fire will again be missing five players to World Cup qualifying, but the San Jose Earthquakes have their Canadian internationals after they finish their preliminary series at midweek, though Landon Donovan will be with the USA (along with Chicago's DaMarcus Beasley and Chris Armas).
REFEREE: Alex Prus. SAR (bench): Tom Supple; JAR (opposite): Richard Eddy; 4th: Abbey Okulaja
MLS Career: 74 games; FC/gm: 30.8; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 1 pens: 4
Games involving Fire: P9 W5 L3 T1; FC/gm: 33.6; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 1; pens: 4
Games involving Earthquakes: P7 W4 L0 T3; FC/gm: 29.9; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 0; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); QUESTIONABLE: FW Nate Jaqua (R foot injury); PROBABLE: FW Ante Razov (lower back strain) ... SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - OUT: DF Chris Roner (R ankle surgery); DF Eddie Robinson (L hamstring rupture); DOUBTFUL: DF Troy Dayak (upper back sprain); FW Jamil Walker (R ankle sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHI: Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley (USA; June 20 v Grenada); Damani Ralph, Andy Williams (Jamaica; June 20 v Haiti); Dipsy Selolwane (Botswana; June 19 v Malawi) ... SJ: Landon Donovan (USA; June 20 v Grenada)
YELLOW PERIL: SJ: Wes Hart (10 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (18 meetings): Fire 7 wins (0 shootout), 26 goals ... Earthquakes 5 wins (1 shootout), 18 goals ... 6 draws
ALL-TIME (17 meetings): Earthquakes 5 wins (1 shootout), 18 goals ... Fire 7 wins (0 shootout), 26 goals ... 5 draws
A depleted Chicago Fire saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end in a disappointing 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday afternoon, the home side scoring twice in the final 10 minutes. Still, the Fire remain atop the Eastern Conference by one point ahead of the Columbus Crew, with 16 points from 11 matches.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
The San Jose Earthquakes won for the third time in four matches, rebounding from an away loss to the Columbus Crew with a 3-1 victory against the MetroStars at Spartan Stadium. The Quakes remained in third place in the Western Conference, with 15 points from 10 matches, third place in the conference (six points behind the Los Angeles Galaxy).