MLS Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012
(All times Eastern)
Chicago (12-7-5) at D.C. United (11-8-4), 7:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United hosts the Chicago Fire in a
massive clash at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, but it is likely to fall short of
United's last outing in terms of talking points.
Sunday's 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union was overshadowed by a missed
penalty kick from Dwayne De Rosario, three red cards in the closing minutes
and an on-field skirmish between teammates Chris Korb and Brandon McDonald.
But according to Korb, that bust-up was blown out of proportion and D.C. is
ready to move on.
"We're all like a family here, so it's like fighting with your brother," Korb
said following Tuesday's training session. "At the end of the game, yeah, we
were barking at each other. But it's over after five minutes when we're in the
"We've got to take care of that a little better, but it's not a big deal. I
think it kind of got blown out of proportion."
United must regroup in time for Wednesday's crucial tilt that could have
massive playoff implications.
Only four points separate D.C. and Chicago as the Fire occupy fourth place,
one spot better than United.
A win for D.C. would move the club four points ahead of the sixth-place
Montreal Impact, strengthening its standing for a playoff berth.
On the flip side, a win for Chicago would lift the Fire to a tie with Red Bull
New York for second place in the East.
Chicago, entering Wednesday's match on a three-game winning streak, most
recently edged the New England Revolution in a 2-1 win at Toyota Park.
Despite the victory, head coach Frank Klopas still sees plenty of room for
"At the end of the night, I didn't think that we were particularly good with
the ball. We had a lot of turnovers and were sloppy with our passing," said
Klopas. "On the other hand, we created a lot of chances. Even though we were
ahead in the stats in possession, we were not sharp. We need to finish our
chances. It's great that we're creating, but we need to focus in the final
third and put teams away."
Sherjill MacDonald was certainly a bright spot for the Fire in the defeat of
New England. The Designated Player bagged the game-winner in the 25th minute
for his first MLS goal.
"Physically, he's very strong," Klopas said. "He's comfortable with his back
to goal. His timing is very good. He can protect the ball. He also makes good
runs down the channels. Now he needs to keep pushing himself in games to get
fitter and sharper."
08/21 17:37:59 ET