CHICAGO | CF Montreal is aiming for an eighth straight game without a loss, but it's a tricky game in store when they visit Soldier Field against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
The Fire, who sit twelfth in the East, have a very ordinary record of five wins, four losses and as many ties at home, but they have allowed only ten goals in those thirteen games.
“It's a difficult match, it's a field that is not easy,” said Wilfried Nancy on Thursday, knowing that the end of the season brings its share of difficulties.
“The last games of the championship are always difficult. We're going to put a team in place that will disrupt Chicago to try to bring home points. »
It will be an emotional game for Djordje Mihailovic, who returns home after formalizing his transfer to AZ Alkmaar earlier this week. He also lost his grandmother on Wednesday.
Wilfried Nancy said that although the midfielder had missed some training due to his trip to Europe, he would be available on Saturday evening, but that he will have to manage the emotions.
“Djordje is in a difficult situation because he lost his grandmother so we will help him on the pitch,” said Victor Wanyama.
“All he has to do is is to make your family proud by playing a good game. It would be memorable for him and his family if he managed to score in memory of his grandmother. »
CF Montreal still has eight games to play before the end of the season, including six in the next 21 days .
It's another grueling end to the calendar as MLS likes it with an international break in the heat of the playoff race at the end of September.
In addition to suspended Matko Miljevic, Wilfried Nancy will also be without Rudy Camacho who still has a shoulder injury.
Fortunately for the team, Nancy has a knack for dissecting the opponent and molding herself into it, no matter who is playing.
“Wilfried is a tactician, last week we saw that he read New England strategy very well. We like the way we play from game to game,” said –
The 5-point opponent
The Shaqir touch
Xherdan Shaqiri was one of the big acquisitions in the winter last in MLS and he does not disappoint Fire fans. The Swiss midfielder has four goals and eleven assists in twenty-two games. He ranks third in the league in this area, tied with three other players.
A big absentee
The Fire will end the season without midfielder Gaston Gimenez, who underwent hamstring surgery on Wednesday.
The Fire Fire returns to Soldier Field after playing their last home game, a 2-0 loss to New York City, at their former home, SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. We preferred to proceed this way because of the quality of the grass diminished by the presentation of two concerts in two days on August 19 and 20.
The Fire don't give many goals at home (10), but that's something else away (26). It's offense, however, that gives head coach Ezra Hendrickson a headache, with just 28 goals in 26 games.
This is the first time the Fire and CF Montreal have faced each other this season. The Fire will be visiting Stade Saputo on September 13. Montreal won both meetings of 2021 by shutout.