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D.C. United versus Chicago Fire staff and reader predictions

A midweek game against the Chicago Fire, and we are feeling (mostly) confident.

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D.C. United welcome the Chicago Fire to RFK Stadium tonight, and despite it being a midweek game in a stretch of thousands of games, our writers are fairly confident. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!


The temp is supposed to be cooler on Wednesday evening, but I also think that means the Black & Red heat up on the field. Chicago can play with flashes of good at times but they also have long stretches where mediocrity would be a good thing. I think Wednesday, their mediocrity shows up. Goals by Arrieta and Birnbaum (yup!) and a clean sheet by Bill means 2-0 to the good guys.

Ryan Keefer

Chicago is slowly coming around with some of their new pieces, and D.C. will play a TFC team on Saturday that is a bit more loaded offensively than the Fire, so I think we might not see a close to A team Wednesday, but I don't think that we'll see offensive minded substitute Bobby Boswell either. I think it may wind up being a dour 1-1 affair, with Nick DeLeon getting on board with a goal.

Leanne Elston

Is it weird that I'm kind of hoping for a rain game? So DCU can put out the Fire on the field? Does everyone hate me for that sentence? Fair enough. I do think the Black-and-Red get three points in this one, though, and I think we see more not-all-that-pretty soccer on the way to those three points. That's okay, though. Pontius and Arrieta bag goals for the good guys, and things finish a respectable 2-0.

Adam Taylor

As much as I'd like to see United get back in the clean sheet habit, I think we'll have to wait a little longer on that front. That's okay though, as the Black-and-Red bag a couple through Chris Pontius (for the second straight match) and Steve Birnbaum (who *finally* scores one of those set piece headers) to negate a Chicago penalty and come out 2-1 winners.


Harry Shipp and David Accam will be a handful for our defense. If Opare starts, we should be able to shut Chicago down. So I'm counting on Opare starting. The Korb stepped up his offensive game on Saturday (in response to Olsen's apparent reliance on Kemp crosses?). So I'm going to go for a 1-0 DCU victory, with Corea scoring the game winner off of a The Korb assist, after the 70th minute. If no Opare, no dice. In that case, Accam will score early, and DCU only earns 1 point.


At the time of writing, a suspension for Chris Rolfe seems likely but has not been confirmed. I'm assuming that's true, and without him United's creativity will take a big hit (particularly with Facundo Coria and Collin Martin both months away from their last 60+ minute appearance). On top of that, Taylor Kemp probably won't play either, depriving United of service both from open play and from set pieces. I'm not optimistic as a result, but I also wonder about this schizophrenic Chicago team. They have more weapons, but they would also gleefully trade for any of the keepers, defenders, or defensive midfielders United will start in this one. The Fire probably have the better of play, but United scratches their way to a 1-1 draw. Perry Kitchen gets the goal on a scramble following a set piece.


Chicago has played five matches on the road this season, and they have zero wins and three points to show from those. That bodes well for a United team that will be playing it's 3rd match in a week and a half, with another to come at the weekend. Harry Shipp may have broken his seven-match scoring drought last weekend, but he is still two goals behind the team's leading scorer this season, defender Jeff Larentowicz, who has scored three of his four goals from the penalty spot. I'm just saying the Fire attack is not particularly frightening. All of this points to a United win, and I'll take a 1-0 scoreline.

Ben Bromley

Its the Chicago Fiyur, so we know that this game will have something strange happen in it, and only Edvin Juresevic knows exactly when. I will prognosticate a 2-1 victory for United, because Harry Shipp is good but D.C. United are better.