Klopas still confident in winless Fire

Short-handed Chicago heads to D.C. seeking first victory

Dressed to the nines and decked out in his familiar aviator
sunglasses, Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas looked every bit the man in
charge on Tuesday.

Watching the team
and staff he so meticulously assembled during training for Saturday's match at
longtime rival D.C. United, Klopas expressed his confidence that the Fire would
rebound from a disappointing 0-2-1 start to the season. 

“We don’t feel good because we haven't gotten results in our
first three games,” Klopas said.  “But I
feel very confident with the work we put in every week…  I think that we have the capacity and the
ability in the players to go on the road [and get a result]. It’s going to be a tough game, but we feel the
confidence to go there and get a result.”

One key to the Fire getting a result will be capitalizing on
D.C.’s defense, perhaps the worst in the league thus far in 2010.  United has
conceded nine times through their first three games, and the Fire attack – which
has only scored one goal from the run of play this season – should be licking
their chops at the opportunity. 

Still, the Fire will be without central midfielders John
Thorrington and Logan Pause for the match. Both Thorrington and Pause are dealing with leg injuries and will be
sidelined for their fourth and second game in a row, respectively.  Expect midfielders Baggio Husidic and Peter
Lowry to play in their sted.

Here’s a likely lineup for Saturday’s match.

GK: Andrew Dykstra

DEF: Tim Ward, C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Krzysztof Krol

MID: Patrick Nyarko, Baggio Husidic, Peter Lowry, Marco

FWD: Collins John, Brian McBride