Meanwhile, the Fire have started to really find some consistency, especially since the addition of Mike Magee. Chicago are undefeated in their last 6 games, and their last 9 in all competitions when you look at their recent Open Cup run. Magee has been a big part of that for the Fire, scoring in 7 straight games for the Fire after his acquisition from LA for the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers. They also recently brought back Bakary Soumare from the Philadelphia Union in a trade, who has helped out on the back line. Chicago will be missing one player for the game tomorrow, starting goalkeeper, Sean Johnson, who always seems to show up against KC, isn't available tomorrow. He is with the US team for the Gold Cup.
With this being KC's third game in a little over a week, there has to be some temptation at least to do some squad rotation. To maybe sit one of the center backs, or give Kei Kamara a break. But knowing Peter Vermes we're likely to see very close to the same starting 11 that we saw against Vancouver. The few questions are whether Seth Sinovic is healthy enough to start, or if Kevin Ellis could possibly get his second career start. It's also a question of whether Lawrence Olum and Soony Saad will keep their starting spots. Saad seems likely, although fitness may be an issue. Olum could be replaced by Paulo Nagamura if he's healthy. I still expect KC to start two defensive midfielders in Chicago
Myers - Collin - Besler - Ellis
Olum - Rosell
Kamara - Bieler - Saad
Number to remember - 3 - That's the number of wins in 20 attempts that Kansas City have in Chicago in their history. Two of those wins have come since the opening of Toyota Park in 2006. The last of those wins was in 2010 when Davy Arnaud and Teal Bunbury scored in route to a 2-0 win.
Key Match Up - Aurelien Collin and Matt Besler vs Mike Magee and Chris Rolfe - Magee is having a career year as he has 13 goals in all competitions so far this season, the most of any player in the league. KC can't focus solely on him though as Rolfe has always been a pain for KC as well.
PREDICTION - The Fire have been conceding goals in games, they've only had 2 shutouts in their 9 game unbeaten run in all competitions. Those were against third division side, Charlotte, and against DC who has just scored 8 goals all year. While KC seems to be playing better on the road, I just don't see how KC is going to get all three points out of this one.
SKC - 1 (Bieler)
CHI - 2 (Magee, Rolfe)