Know Your Enemy: Chicago Fire

The Union battle Chicago Fire in the Union's final road game of the season Sunday, with the kick-off at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia+. The two teams played less than a month ago, but get to know the Fire one last time this season.

Team: Chicago Fire
Venue: Toyota Park
Kick-off: 5:00 p.m. ET (NBCSP+)
2017 Record: 15-10-7,11-2-3 at home, 4th in Eastern Conference
All-time Record vs. Chicago Fire: 7-7-5
Last League Meeting: 3-1 win at Talen Energy Stadium, September 23, 2017
Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Matt Lampson - Brandon Vincent, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Matt Polster - Djordje Mihailovic, Dax McCarty - Luis Solignac, Michael De Leeuw, Arturo Alvarez - Nemanje Nikolic
Player to Watch: Nemanje Nikolic

Nemanje Nikolic is in his first season with Chicago Fire, but has quickly become one of the team's most important players. He leads the team with 21 goals on the season, which is good for first in all of MLS by just one goal. He's been on a tear lately as well, with five goals in his last five games. Coincidently, the only match in those five games when he didn't score a goal was against the Union in their first meeting this season. Keeping him off the scoreboard again will be key to a Union victory. If the backline can continue to get in front of shots and make timely clears, and with Andre Blake's exceptional play in the recent month, they have a good shot at doing so.


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