Atlanta United will face the Chicago Fire Wednesday night in what will be United’s third match in just seven days. This will be the second and last matchup between these two teams this year (unless they meet later in the playoffs); United won 2-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium June 1st. Also, this will be the last time United will play at SeatGeek Stadium as the Fire are expected to play its home matches at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago next season. The match is set to kick off at 8 p.m.
Record: 9-6-2, 29 points, 4th Eastern Conference
The Five Stripes will look to win its first road match since a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 11. Since then, United has played three road matches and has come up short of getting any points. Against the Fire, Atlanta’s manager Frank De Boer said that striker Josef Martinez would make the trip to Chicago but did not give any details as to whether Martinez will start the match on the starting 11 or the bench. Martinez recently played for Venezuela in Copa America, a tournament in which he played about 42 minutes and scored once across four matches.
Field players Tito Villalba and Ezequiel Barco will not make the trip as they are still recovering from previous injuries. United won its last match against the Montreal Impact 2-1 after a two-goal performance from Justin Meram.
Record: 4-7-7, 19 points, 10th Eastern Conference
Meanwhile, the Fire is coming off a 3-1 loss against the New York Red Bulls on Friday night. Forward Nemanja Nikolic scored the lone for Chicago at Red Bull Arena and the Fire will be looking for its first home victory since May 11 against Minnesota United; which ended in a 2-0 result. Forwards CJ Sapong and Nikolic, both tied with six goals each, will look to increase their own goal tally while helping the Fire earn three points.