Another cold, rainy night here at Toyota Park just like it was 2 weeks ago. 2 weeks ago the Fire lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders. Since then the Fire have gone 1-0-1 and they did so behind the defense of Goalkeeper Sean Johnson. On Friday May 4th the Fire went to Los Angeles and defeated Chivas USA 2-1. And earlier this week, they defended their home turf against Real Salt Lake. The problem with that game was they ended it with a scoreless tie (0-0). It was the third time that the Fire tied a game this season. Currently they are 3-2-3 on the 2012 season.

They are still 4th place in the Eastern Conference and they are 6 points behind the 3rd place D.C. United. But tonight the Fire face their biggest challenge to date this season. The first place and MLS best Sporting Kansas City {Formally the Kansas City Wizards} come to Toyota Park this evening. They average 2 goals per game, while only giving up 1 per game. They also won 4 games by way of shutout this season. They are 7-2-0 (21 points) on the season and are a heavily defensive team. They are led by Forward C.J. Sapong who is second on the team in scoring with 3 goals.

Midfielder Kei Kamara and Goalie Jimmy Nielsen anchor the defensive side for this KC team. Nielsen’s GAA this season is just 0.56. The only advantage that the Fire have is that Kansas City has lost two in a row. And with Sean Johnson holding down the fort, along with Marco Pappa bringing the offensive onslaught, I expect the Fire to be extremely competitive this evening. This will not be a walk on the park for SKC. But Sporting KC will not be intimidated as they are the best team in Major League Soccer, and their fan base has traveled to Chicago in force tonight.

So now we wait and see if the Fire can extend KC’s losing streak to 3 games. You can follow me during the game on Twitter: @GabeSalgado82 Hashtag: #Q101Sports and I will be posting on again at halftime.


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