As DC United try to maintain their current playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Fire are fighting just to be part of the playoff conversation.
DC is looking to continue its recent home success when it hosts the Washington Fire on Wednesday night.
With four points from their last two games – after three straight losses – DC United (9-10-4, 31 points) entered the week among the top seven teams in the East. United’s 7-3-0 record at home is one of the main reasons he’s a serious contender for the playoffs.
DC won 3-1 over Philadelphia in its last home game on August 28, then followed with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.
Ola Kamara, second among MLS goalkeepers with 13, has scored one in each of United’s last two games – the latter coming via a penalty attempt just before half-time on Saturday. DC had eight shots, two on target, but remained frustrated that they had not generated more offense against New York.
“Missed opportunities are part of the sport,” United coach Hernan Losada told The Washington Post.
Kamara scored the tying goal from a penalty kick in the 87th minute of DC’s 2-2 win in Chicago on July 21. Edison Flores scored in United’s 1-0 home win over Fire in May, and is expected to be available on Wednesday after his return. of international duty with Peru.
After ending their 0-13-6 road rut with a 1-0 win over the Red Bulls on August 28, the Fire (6-12-5, 23 points) lost 2-0 to the Sporting Kansas City Saturday. Sitting 12th in the East, Chicago is 1-3-0 in the middle of a six-game away streak.
“We’re going to regroup,” Fire coach Raphael Wicky said of the preparation for this game. “We have to come back.… It’s a game where we go with a winning mentality.
“It will be a tough game again.”
Robert Beric’s winner against New York last month is Chicago’s only goal in the last three games.
– Field level media