Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC, two squads seeking their first win of the season face off in Chicago’s home opener.
For the Fire, it was a good start against the LA Galaxy with an upsetting finish. C.J. Sapong scored his first in a Fire uniform with a great goal in the 49th minute following a scoreless half, putting Chicago in front. US national standout Djordje Mihailovic showed great ball command, ball distribution and playmaking abilities. It seemed as the Fire would cash in on more goals with Milailovic, Sapong, new Polish international winger Przemyslaw Frankowski, and Aleksandar Katai all creating chances for one other.
The lead did not hold up after LA got into their groove offensively in the second half. The home team evened the score with a Steres goal at the 68th minute before Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed it in the 80th minute with his first of the season for a 2-1 Galaxy win. Regardless the outcome, it was a good showing for Chicago and their front line albeit the loss. There should be plenty of scoring opportunities down the road if they continue to play this way.
Chicago Fire Injury Update
- Questionable: Defender Andre Reynolds (thigh)
Chicago Fire Home MLS League Form
|28.10.2018||DRAW||Chicago Fire v DC United||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|29.09.2018||WIN||Chicago Fire v Los Angeles FC||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|16.09.2018||WIN||Chicago Fire v Orlando City||4 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
|24.08.2018||DRAW||Chicago Fire v Columbus Crew||1 – 1 (HT 0 – 0)|
|12.08.2018||LOSS||Chicago Fire v New York Red Bulls||0 – 1 (HT 0 – 0)|
Orlando City comes in on a high, even though they didn’t win their home opener. A tie that feels like a win for a team that is still building their squad, considering overcoming the two-goal lead NYCFC held in the first half. A pretty good start considering their last place finish in Eastern Conference last season. However, they’re still looking for their first win since July.
Against NYCFC they fought back, committing to the attack in the second half with goals from Christopher Mueller and Tesho Akindele. The offensive lift coincided with the impact of Nani coming in, after starting the game on the bench due to not having full fitness. Nani showed flashes of technical fortitude in his MLS debut and solidifies Orlando’s wing position moving forward. With Nani, Dom Dwyer, and Sacha Kljestan firing on all cylinders, there shouldn’t be a problem scoring goals for this team. The defense will continue to be tested, starting with Chicago’s imposing front line.
Orlando City Injury Update
- Questionable: Defender Ruan (Quad)
- Questionable: Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Concussion)
Orlando City Away MLS League Form
|28.10.2018||LOSS||New York Red Bulls v Orlando City||1 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|14.10.2018||LOSS||New England Revolution v Orlando City||2 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|07.10.2018||LOSS||FC Dallas v Orlando City||2 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|16.09.2018||LOSS||Chicago Fire v Orlando City||4 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
|09.09.2018||LOSS||Sporting Kansas City v Orlando City||1 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
Head to Head Statistics
|16.09.2018||MLS League||Chicago Fire v Orlando City||4 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
|27.05.2018||MLS League||Orlando City v Chicago Fire||1 – 2 (HT 1 – 1)|
|25.06.2017||MLS League||Chicago Fire v Orlando City||4 – 0 (HT 2 – 0)|
|05.06.2017||MLS League||Orlando City v Chicago Fire||0 – 0 (HT 0 – 0)|
|14.08.2016||MLS League||Chicago Fire v Orlando City||2 – 2 (HT 1 – 2)|
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 21:00 GMT 08/03/2019
These teams have been pretty evenly matched in the past, with three wins and three losses a piece, plus a draw since 2015. Look for the Fire to get their first points of the season and possibly a win for their home opener.