Wednesday Preview: Fire Host TFC

Wednesday Preview: Fire Host TFC

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 8, 2010
  • 2 Comments
  • Dwayne De Rosario, Freddie Ljungberg, Julian De Guzman, Wednesday Preview

Chicago Fire host Toronto FC tonight in a big time eastern conference clash. (Getty Images)

To say tonight’s contest is a must-win for both parties involved is indeed and understatement. Both Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire sit outside of the playoff zone and are either five (TFC) or six (Chicago) points back of eighth place today.

Both teams are struggling too as of late. Chicago had chances last weekend against LA to put the Galaxy away for a second time this season but a late set-piece miscue allowed the Galaxy to snatch a big draw. Toronto on the other hand were unlucky to come away with any points in Dallas as they were missing three important pieces to their roster due to international call-ups.

The Fire have a little more room to breathe in terms of the standings as they’ve only played 20 games while most clubs have played 22 at this point in the season. Still even with those extra games in hand the Fire have to make the absolute most of their chances. Not having Gonzalo Segaras (suspension) or Marco Pappa (Guatemala┬ácall-up) tonight doesn’t help their chances out.

Toronto will get their three main Canadians back for this one. Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman and Nana Attakora all returned to the Reds for this one after last weekend’s friendly against Peru.

This one will have to come down to midfield play though. Freddie Ljungberg will have to find ways to create chances for the Fire in this one and get fellow DP Nery Castillo involved. Castillo hasn’t contributed much since joining the Fire last month. He’ll need to pick up the slack with Pappa out in this one.

Toronto will have to play compact in defense and shutdown the work of Ljungberg and company.

I feel this one will end level though. Both will be charging for the three points but neither have given us reasons to pick them in recent games. I’d say each will get one a piece.

Player to watch out for: De Rosario – He has to take charge and regain his MVP form from earlier in the year to get TFC over the hump here.

WVH Prediction: Chicago 1, Toronto 1

  • guest

    Pappa is Guatamalan not Honduran FYI.