Welcome to your live thread for tonight's match between Orlando City and the Chicago Fire. The Lions have a modest unbeaten streak of three games (one win, two draws) and hope to make it four against a much-improved Fire squad that had its own three-game unbeaten streak snapped in midweek, 3-1 at D.C. United.
City will be without Brek Shea (international duty), Tyler Turner (international duty), Conor Donovan (international duty), Bryan Rochez (international duty), Tommy Redding (knee), and Martin Paterson (knee), in addition to the other long-term knocks to Kevin Molino and Tony Cascio. Adrian Heath has everyone else back in the lineup, including last Saturday's hero, Pedro Ribeiro, who will likely start the game on the bench while he works his way up to full match fitness from a torn hamstring sustained on April 3.
Although Carlos Rivas struggled to finish last week, he might be Heath's best bet for an attacking partner for Cyle Larin, as Lewis Neal isn't quite as dynamic offensively. It's possible we'll see a formation change tonight, but I think Heath stays with the 4-2-3-1 with Ribeiro still trying to get fully fit.
The last time Orlando City met Chicago, the Fire was knocking the Lions out of the quarterfinals of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, by a 5-1 score. This time, both teams are battling for a playoff spot in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.
Here's all the content you need to prepare for tonight's match:
- Andrew Marcinko's match preview breaks it all down for you
- This week's PawedCast recaps the draw vs. Columbus and looks ahead to tonight's match
- Our Intelligence Report features the scoop on Chicago from Sean Spence at Hot Time in Old Town
- Wade Williams has your pre-match banter in our Throwin' Shade feature
Orlando City (4-2-3-1)
Goalkeeper: Tally Hall
Defenders: Luke Boden, Sean St. Ledger, Aurelien Collin, Rafael Ramos
Defensive Midfielders: Darwin Ceren, Cristian Higuita
Attacking Midfielders: Lewis Neal, Kaká, Eric Avila
Forward: Pedro Ribeiro
Bench: Donovan Ricketts, Seb Hines, Carlos Rivas, Harrison Heath, Cyle Larin, Amobi Okugo, Danny Mwanga
Chicago Fire (4-4-1-1)
Goalkeeper: Jon Busch
Defenders: Lovel Palmer, Adailton, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Gehrig
Midfielders: David Accam, Matt Polster, Razvan Cocis, Joevin Jones
Attacking Midfielder: Harry Shipp
Forward: Kennedy Igboananike
Bench: Sean Johnson, Chris Ritter, Guly do Prado, Michael Stephens, Matt Watson, Quincy Amarikwa, Mike Magee
REF: Juan Guzman
AR1: George Gansner III
AR2: Jason White
4TH: Younes Marrakchi
How to Watch:
Match time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
TV: Locally on My65 and regionally on FOX Sports Florida
Radio: 104.1 FM Real Radio (English), La Grande 1030 AM (Spanish)
Streaming: MLS Live
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