DC United vs. Chicago Fire | 2016 MLS Match Preview
D.C. UNITED vs. CHICAGO FIRE
RFK Stadium | Washington D.C.
Saturday, August 27 | Week #25 | MLS Game #258
7:00 pm ET (MLS LIVE)
A crucial meeting of teams scrapping for places in the MLS Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference is ahead when D.C. United play host to the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. United sit right on the red line in sixth place in the conference, just a point ahead of seventh-place Orlando City, returning home off of a 1-1 draw at the Montreal Impact at midweek. The Fire are six points below the line, tied for ninth in the East, following their 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy at Toyota Park also at midweek.
- United return home following a midweek trip to Montréal, which ended a four-game homestand where they went 1-0-3. That home stretch followed a four-game road swing July 1-23, where United went 0-2-2.
- The Fire’s 3-0 win at the Montréal Impact on Saturday was their first on their travels since July 23, 2014, a span of 36 away matches without victory. It also ended their club-record road losing run after nine games, which equaled the 10th-longest such streak in league annals.
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Fire’s Jonathan Campbell and United’s Patrick Nyarko traded goals on either side of halftime to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw April 30 at Toyota Park.
- United have not lost in their last five meetings with Chicago, winning four consecutive games before the draw in the first meeting this year. United have won the last three matches at RFK Stadium, undefeated in their last four home meetings with the Fire, dating back to 2015.
REFEREE: Drew Fischer.
MLS Career: 59 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 6; pens: 16
AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Gianni Facchini; 4th: Rubiel Vazquez
SUSPENDED: DC: Kofi Opare (through Aug. 28)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: DC: Luciano Acosta, Jared Jeffrey, Steve Birnbaum, Marcelo Sarvas
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DC: Patrick Mullins, Sean Franklin...CHI: Joao Meira, Matt Polster, David Accam
DISABLED LIST: DC: Chris Korb, Alhaji Kamara, Charlie Horton
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (53 meetings): United 21 wins, 79 goals...Fire 18 wins, 77 goals...Ties 14
AT RFK STADIUM (27 meetings): United 14 wins, 48 goals...Fire 8 wins, 36 goals...Ties 5
FUTURE MATCH: 9/16: Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m. CT (UNI)
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Fireís Jonathan Campbell and Unitedís Patrick Nyarko traded goals on either side of halftime to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw April 30 at Toyota Park.
- United have not lost in the last five meetings in the meetings, winning four consecutive games before the draw in the first meeting this year. United have won the last three matches at RFK Stadium, undefeated in their last four home meetings with the Fire, dating back to 2015.
- Coaches record: Veljko Paunovic vs. DC: P1 W0 L0 D1...Ben Olsen vs. CHI: P15 W5 L4 D6