May 4, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Chicago Fire celebrate after a goal by Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa (16) against the Chivas USA during the second half at the Home Depot Center. The Chicago Fire defeated the Chivas USA 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
The Chicago Fire (3-2-2) host Real Salt Lake (7-3-1) on Wednesday night at Toyota Park.
The Chicago Fire pulled out an exciting 2-1 win over Chivas USA on Friday, and on Wednesday night that get a chance to string victories together when they host Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. CT. RSL has already played 11 matches so far this season, and they have as many wins (7) as the Fire have even played games, so Chicago will look to capitalize on fresh legs and take them down.
We know Will Johnson will be out on red card suspension, and I expect that you will see Jonny Steele or Sebastian Velasquez get the start in his spot. I think it is possible that you could see Luis Gil up top with Javier Morales getting a break to rest up for the huge Western Conference match with Seattle this weekend. I expect a couple other changes as well to get some guys a rest, by the end of the week RSL will have played 13 MLS matches already this year.
I don't think you will see a a change from our normal 4-4-2 formation. I do think you can expect the RSL defense to be very aware of what the Fire are capable of, but with the speed of guys like Jamison Olave and Tony Beltran, I think we should be OK as far as how the speed matches up.
Here is the information you need to find Wednesday's game on TV and radio:
Game time/date: Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: TOYOTA PARK, Bridgeview, IL
TV: NBC 5.2
Radio: 97.5 FM
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