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Preview: Chicago Fire FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | MLS is Back Tournament, Group B

2020 MLS is Back Tournament – Group B, Matchday 16
Chicago Fire FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Thurs., July 23 – 9:00 AM ET

TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN in Canada

STREAMING: ESPN App; TSN App in Canada

A win will do wonders for Chicago Fire FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps as they close out Group B in the MLS is Back Tournament Thursday morning.

Fire FC will leap into second place in the group, ahead of the Seattle Sounders, and secure passage into the Round of 16 automatically. The Whitecaps need to win by two goals or more to make it through as one of the four best third-placed teams. 

Chicago Fire FC

It's all to play for for Chicago Fire FC, who are certain of a second-place finish in the group with a win and would guarantee being one of the four best third-placed teams with a draw or a loss by a one-goal margin as long as the Fire score at least once.

"We are in a very good position," Fire FC coach Raphael Wicky said. "We put ourselves with the win against Seattle in a very good position. Everything depends on us. We're not depending on other teams, we're not depending on other results. Everything is in our own hands and that's what we're focusing on."

Wicky and the Fire, though, face the Whitecaps without midfielder Luka Stojanovic, who has departed  to Chicago for a medical evaluation following an MCL injury against San Jose.

Project Starting XI

Updated team roster

  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Michael Azira (M) - eye injury
    • OUT: Jeremiah Gutjahr (M) - knee injury
    • OUT: Johan Kappelhof (D) - quad injury
    • OUT: Luka Stojanovic (M) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Whitecaps were already thin to start the tournament with five of their most experienced players electing not to travel to Orlando for a combination of medical and personal reasons. Then came training ground injuries to Janio Bikel and Erik Godoy in Orlando, followed by Maxime Crepeau's fractured left thumb against the Sounders. On Wednesday, the club announced they acquired goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois on loan from Montreal Impact just for the match against the Fire. 

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Janio Bikel (M) - left adductor strain
    • OUT: Eric Godoy (D) - right quadricep strain
    • OUT: Maxime Crépeau (GK) - fractured left thumb
    • UNAVAILABLE: Lucas Cavallini (F)
    • UNAVAILABLE: Fredy Montero (F)
    • UNAVAILABLE: Georges Mukumbilwa (M)
    • UNAVAILABLE: Tosaint Ricketts (F)
    • UNAVAILABLE: Andy Rose (D)
    • UNAVAILABLE: Bryan Meredith (GK)
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup

  • Fire FC: 2 wins, 12 goals
  • Whitecaps: 5 wins, 14 goals
  • 3 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Armando Villarreal
  • Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Logan Brown
  • 4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez
  • VAR: Timothy Ford
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Current Form

Chicago
D
W
L
D
W
L
Vancouver
W
L
L
W
L
L

Season Goal Leaders

Chicago Fire FCVancouver Whitecaps FC
Robert Beric1Jake Nerwinski1
Jonathan Bornstein1Tosaint Ricketts1

Season Stats

Chicago Fire FCVancouver Whitecaps FC
4Games Played4
1Wins1
2Losses3
1Draws0
4Goals5
6Goals Conceded10
31Shots28
17Shots on Target13
61Fouls committed33
45Fouls suffered58
9Offside4
19Corners14

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
CHI2200041
VAN2200051.2
01234+Avg
CHI200001
VAN110002
01234+Avg
CHI020001
VAN110000.5

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
CHI2110061.5
VAN30010102.5
01234+Avg
CHI200001.5
VAN100103.5
01234+Avg
CHI011001.5
VAN200001.5
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