1. Rubber match:
The Union and the Fire have met twice this season, once on April 2nd in Chicago, and then again on June 22nd in Chester. Each team has one win in the series, with Saturday’s match determining who would get the edge in the series. While the Union have been playing well on the road as of late, Chicago is currently on an 11-game unbeaten streak at home. Expect a tough battle on Saturday.
2. John McCarthy in net:
With Andre Blake unavailable fulfilling national team duties, Jim Curtin appointed John McCarthy as the starter in net for Saturday. This is McCarthy’s first MLS start this season, but has proven himself as a great option for the Union. Last season he started 11 matches for the Union, logging 22 saves, two shutouts, and three wins. Union fans also got to see McCarthy play in the Union’s first US Open Cup game against Harrisburg City Islanders.
3. On the Cusp:
If the Union are able to get three points on Saturday, they will hit a couple of milestones. For starters, with a win on the road, they will set a new club record for consecutive road victories with three. They will also have a chance to tie a club record for most wins in a season if they are able to pick up their 12th in Chicago on Saturday night.
4. Tommy Smyth is back on the broadcast with JP Dellacamera:
The two showed great energy on the airwaves in their first two matches together so we can only expect another fun show from this duo. Also you know you want to hear him say “Hasta La Vista” again – admit it.
Hope so it been great. https://t.co/TCuIMyUgvt— Tommy Smyth (@TommySmythESPN) August 28, 2016