Here is a pregame report for my first ever soccer game I will be traveling to:
The Chicago Fire (1-2-3, 6 points) are looking to escape the basement of the Eastern Conference as they matchup with D.C. United (2-3-3, 9 points) on Saturday, April 30th at Toyota Park. It is still early in the season, but the Fire need every win they can get in order to stay relevant in their conference. D.C. United is currently in the hunt for the top, sitting at 9 points; 4 points behind the Montreal Impact in the standings.
The Fire are coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Montreal Impact; where Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti scored the game clinching goal during stoppage time in the second half. Kennedy Igobananike scored the Fire’s lone goal in the 29th minute of the match, but it was not enough, as Didier Drogba and Piatti sealed the deal for Montreal with goals in the 56th and 91st minutes respectively.
D.C. United are walking into Toyota Park with a little extra confidence after a decisive 3-0 victory over the New England Revolution. D.C. United picked up their first goal in the first half, with Lamar Neagle scoring in the 33rd minute off of a penalty kick. They were able to ice the game late in the second half, with Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio scoring goals in the 86th and 90th minutes respectively.
The Fire are going to be without forward David Accam for this match, who will sit out with a knee sprain he sustained earlier in the season. He was expected to be a pivotal part of the Fire’s squad this year before his injury, scoring 2 goals in his first 3 weeks.
D.C. United will be without a few of their starters on Saturday, including GK Bill Hamid who is out for 4-6 months with a torn meniscus. The club will also be without their backup GK Andrew Dykstra, who is expected to be out 10-12 weeks after having back surgery on March 18th.