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FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: Preview, TV schedule and how to watch online

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How will FC Dallas respond to their first loss?

MLS: FC Dallas at Chicago Fire Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Rivalry week is finally here for FC Dallas in 2017 as they begin the big two-game week on the road for a rare Thursday night game against Brimstone Cup rivals Chicago Fire.

The Fire are coming in on a four match unbeaten streak, including three straight wins. They’re also 5-0-1 at Toyota Park so far this season.

FC Dallas notes:

Injury update. Once again it is still Mauro Diaz on the injury list with his Achilles’ injury. Paxton Pomykal joined Diaz on the injury report this week after he had knee surgery.

Recent history against Chicago. Let’s just say it has been frustrating outside of last summer’s win. In the last five matches, Chicago holds a big edge against FCD with four wins to the one FCD win in 2016.

A draw wouldn’t be the worst. FC Dallas is unbeaten in nine consecutive away games, but has won only three of those games (6D).

Key player for FCD: Maxi Urruti. The attack for FC Dallas has been pretty frustrating these last few games but the one bright spot we’ve seen in that time has been Urruti’s performance in Salt Lake. If he can replicate that on the road in Chicago, we’ll come away with points for sure.

Biggest Question: What kind of rotation will we see on Thursday?

Given the short turn around and the travel, you have to think Oscar Pareja will certainly make some changes in his lineup tomorrow night in the Windy City. We’ll likely see a shift back to the 4-4-2 and a couple changes in the lineup to get some players a brief spell on the bench before Sunday’s clash with Houston.

Chicago Notes:

Key player for Chicago: Nemanja Nikolic. While there are other names that made headlines in 2017 for the Fire, Nikolic has quietly become the best acquisition, possibly in the entire league. He’s got ten goals in 12 games, which is impressive for anyone.

Streaking at home. The Fire have won four straight home games. The last time they won five or more home games in a row was a seven-game streak from July 14th to September 22nd, 2012.

Injuries:

OUT: M – John Goossens (right ankle surgery), GK – Jorge Bava (head injury); QUESTIONABLE: M – Juninho (right ankle sprain)


How to watch

Match date/time: Thursday, 5/25, 8:30PM

Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

TV: none

Online: MLS Live, FCDallas.com

Radio: 100.7 FM (English), 1270 AM (Spanish)

Weather Forecast: Cloudy, 58 degrees

Look out for our game thread, which will go up an hour before kick off.