Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 16
Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake
 SeatGeek Stadium — Bridgeview
June 22 - 8:00 PM ET


After U.S. Open Cup departures, the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake return to MLS play looking to end winless runs in the league when the sides meet at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview Saturday night. 

The Fire conceded twice in a four-minute span early in the first half en route to a 2-1 loss to Saint Louis FC of the USL Championship in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round on June 11. Nemanja Nikolic pulled Chicago to within a goal with a 72nd-minute penalty kick, but that was as close as the Fire would get. Chicago (4-6-6) return to league action winless in its last four games and one point below the playoff line in the East.

Real Salt Lake dropped a 3-0 decision to LAFC in the USOC fourth round. Carlos Vela stuck inside the opening 10 minutes, Lee Nguyen doubled the advantage just past the hour mark and Adama Diomande closed the scoring in second-half stoppage time. RSL (6-8-1), which sit at the playoff line in the West, have dropped back-to-back league games after three consecutive wins. 

Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • QUESTIONABLE: Johan Kappelhof (D) - thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: CJ Sapong (F) - back injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Francisco Calvo (D)
  • International duty:  Francisco Calvo (D), Przemyslaw Frankowski (M), Aleksandar Katai (M), Djordje Mihailovic (M)

Real Salt Lake

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jordan Allen (M) - knee injury, out for season
    • DOUBTFUL: Tony Beltran (D) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Kyle Beckerman (M)
  • International duty:  Albert Rusnák (M); Jefferson Savarino (F)

Series Matchup at Fire

  • Fire: 4 wins, 11 goals
  • Real Salt Lake: 3 wins, 8 goals
  • 4 draws


  • Referee: Baldomero Toledo
  • Assistant Referees: Philippe Briere, Kyle Longville
  • 4th Official: Joe Dickerson
  • VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

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