MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Colorado Rapids

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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Colorado Rapids



Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Anibaba, Berry, Soumare, Segares; Nyarko, Alex, Larentowicz, Lindpere; Magee, Rolfe.


OUT: Arne Friedrich (hip tightness), Steven Kinney (R quad strain)



Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Irwin; Mullan, Wynne, Moor, Klute; Sturgis, Powers, Rivero; Castrillon, Brown, Buddle.

Injury Report:

OUT: Diego Calderon (R knee surgery), Matt Pickens (L arm fracture), Brenton Griffiths (R shoulder dislocation)

QUESTIONABLE: Jaime Smith (R groin strain)



  • Chicago's Mike Magee has four goals in four games in all competitions with the Fire since being acquired from the LA Galaxy.

  • The Rapids also made a deal with the Galaxy, sending veteran midfielder Pablo Mastroeni to the two-time defending MLS Cup champions this week.

  • The match is the first of three straight away from home for the Rapids, who will also play at Portland and at Montreal before returning to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

  • Colorado's Atiba Harris is suspended for the match after receiving a red card in last weekend's loss to San Jose. Harris has a team-high four goals.

  • Both teams have sent representatives to the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with Colorado center back Shane O'Neill and Chicago forward Victor Pineda making the trip to Turkey.

  • Chicago is unbeaten in five matches in all competitions but remains 10 points out of the final playoff place in the Eastern Conference standings.