Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 19
Chicago Fire vs. FC Cincinnati
SeatGeek Stadium - Bridgeview
July 13 - 8:00 PM ET


The Chicago Fire will try and push above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference when they host an FC Cincinnati squad looking for their second winning streak of their first MLS season when the teams square off in Bridgeview Saturday. 

The Fire (5-8-7) couldn't build momentum from a lopsided midweek win over Atlanta United and fell to Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, at Children's Mercy Park Saturday. Yohan Croizet scored the lone goal in the 14th minute. 

There were some nervy late moments, but FC Cincinnati (4-13-2) held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo Saturday at Nippert Stadium, ending a six-match losing streak. Kekuta Manneh opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark and Rashawn Dally followed with his first MLS goal nine minutes later to double FC Cincinnati's lead. Victor Ulloa made it 3-0 in the 61st minute, but the MLS expansion side had to sweat out the three points after a Romell Quioto penalty kick and Nick Hagglund own goal two minutes apart late.

Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: None
  • Suspended: Bastian Schweinsteiger (D)
  • Suspended after next caution:  Mo Adams(M)
  • International duty:  None

FC Cincinnati

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery
    • OUT: Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury
    • OUT: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Roland Lamah (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Frankie Amaya (M) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Fire

  • This is the first all-time regular season meeting between the Chicago Fire and FC Cincinnati


  • Referee: Fotis Bazakos
  • Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, TJ Zablocki
  • 4th Official: Farhad Dadkho
  • VAR: Younes Marrakchiz

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