Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire

Atlanta United returns to action Saturday against Eastern Conference opponent Chicago Fire at Toyota Park for the second meeting this season between the two clubs. Atlanta won the first match 4-0 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on March 18. Atlanta enters the weekend having scored a league-high 28 goals and has earned nine points on the road from a 2-3-3 record. The match is scheduled to kick-off at 4:00 p.m. EST and will be nationally televised on UniMás and streamed on Facebook Live. 

Atlanta is coming off a 3-1 defeat against Western Conference side Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 3. Left back Greg Garza opened the scoring with his first MLS goal from a Julian Gressel cross in the 7th minute. It was Gressel’s fourth consecutive match in which he recorded a point, as he has two goals and three assists over that span. Vancouver center back Kendall Waston scored twice off of corner kicks to give the Whitecaps the lead before halftime. Fredy Montero added another goal in the second half, also from a corner, to seal the win for the home side.

The Fire enter Saturday’s match following a 0-0 draw at Orlando City in Orlando City Stadium on June 4. Chicago was unable to find a breakthrough goal despite Orlando playing with 10 men after Rafael Ramos was sent off with a straight red in the 26th minute, and then playing with nine men once midfielder Antonio Nocerino was sent to the locker room via a straight red card in the 66th minute. The club has fared better since the addition Bastian Schweinsteiger, where they are 6-2-3 in 11 matches.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Saturday, June 10 | Toyota Park, Chicago, Illinois| 3 p.m. (CST)

Atlanta United (5-5-3, 18 points) vs. Chicago Fire (7-3-4, 25 points)

 

TV: UniMás

Talent: Paco Villa (play-by-play), Diego Balado (play-by-play)

 

English Radio: 92.9 The Game

Talent: Adam Schick (play-by-play) and Jason Longshore (commentator)

 

Spanish Radio: La Mejor 1600 AM

Talent: Armando Carillo (play-by-play) and Daniel Cantu (commentator)

 

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