Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire | 2016 MLS Match Preview
COLORADO RAPIDS VS. CHICAGO FIRE
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK, Commerce City, Colorado
June 18, 2016 (WEEK 15, MLS GAME #146)
9 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE, Altitude, CSN Plus)
The Colorado Rapids put their long undefeated streak on the line against a Chicago Fire team riding a record road winless run when the clubs meet Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids extended their league undefeated run to nine matches, remaining unbeaten in Commerce City this season in their last league match, a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union. The Fire hit the road after a two-game undefeated homestand, ending with a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in their last MLS contest, now 30 matches since their last victory away from Toyota Park.
- The Rapids saw their perfect record at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park come to an end. But they still remained undefeated at home for the season in their last match, a 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union in a meeting of the two conference leaders on May 28.
- The Fire return to league action coming off a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on May 28 at Toyota Park. David Accam scored his first goal since opening the season with goals in the first two games of the season.
- The teams met once a season ago, a 1-0 Rapids victory Aug. 22 at Toyota Park – their first win ever in Bridgeview. Colorado’s last previous road win against Chicago came in 2004, at Soldier Field.
- The Rapids are unbeaten in their last four home encounters with the Fire, with one win and three draws, including a scoreless draw there in 2014. Colorado’s 2-0 win in 2012 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park snapped a three-game win-less streak in home games vs. the Fire. They had last won in Commerce City in the series in 2008.
REFEREE: Juan Guzman. AR1 (bench): Kyle Atkins; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Alex Chilowicz
MLS Career: 68 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 21; pens: 15
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: COL: Marc Burch -- CHI: Matt Polster
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: COL: Mekeil Williams, Jermaine Jones, Axel Sjoberg, Shkelzen Gashi Ö CHI: Joao Meira
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: COL: Jermaine Jones (USA; Copa America); Shkelzen Gashi (Albania; Euro 2016)
ALL-TIME (40 meetings): Rapids 13 wins (1 shootout), 50 goals -- Fire 18 wins (0 shootout), 62 goals -- Ties 9
AT COLORADO (19 meetings): Rapids 9 wins (1 shootout), 30 goals -- Fire 3 wins (0 shootout), 20 goals -- Ties 7
LAST YEAR [MLS]:
8/22: CHI 0, COL 1 (Serna 1)
- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- Coaches record: Pablo Mastroeni vs. CHI: P2 W1 L0 D1 -- Veljko Paunovic vs. COL: first game