5 THINGS: Could Juan Luis Anangonó get his first start Saturday night?
The Chicago Fire will look to put Wednesday’s disappointing U.S. Open Cup semifinal exit behind them when they welcome the Montreal Impact to Toyota Park Saturday night. Coverage of the match begins at 7pm CT on My50 and 7:15pm CT on La Ley 107.9 FM.
As was reported on Friday, Fire winger Patrick Nyarko will be out of tonight’s match after suffering concussion symptoms that forced him out of Wednesday’s semifinal in the 36th minute.
Following training Friday, Fire head coach Frank Klopas also mentioned that Mike Magee and Chris Rolfe both had some soreness. In the midst of a three-game in eight-day stretch, Magee worked inside during training on Friday while Rolfe joined the team at training.
IF Chris Rolfe plays…
…he’ll once again move up on the club’s All Competitions appearances list. With two competitive games the last week, Rolfe passed Ante Razov and also tied Diego Gutierrez to move into eight on the club’s all-time list with 197 games played.
Should he play tonight, he’ll move past Gutierrez into sole possession of eighth all-time and will next aim for former teammate and one of tonight’s opponents, Justin Mapp, who sits seventh with 208.
Juan Luis Anangonó Start?
If one of Rolfe or Magee are unable to go, it would most certainly mean that Fire Designated Player Juan Luis Anangonó’ would receive his first start for the club Saturday night.
With the team trailing 2-0, the Ecuadorian forward replaced Rolfe in the 57th minute of Wednesday’s Open Cup semifinal and while the team didn’t win and he didn’t score, the Fire newbie showed a few very positive moments in the game.
“I think he showed some good qualities,” said Klopas on Friday. “You saw the pace he’s got, he’s physically strong, and I thought he did well with his first time coming in. He’s adapted well with the group and fast.”
Prior to last Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Philadelphia, Klopas mentioned that with a tight stretch of games, he’d likely explore deploying a few different players in Saturday’s match against Montreal.
Aside from Anagono, Saturday night’s match could mark the first start for captain Logan Pause since leaving in the 26th minute of the team’s 2-1 win on June 22 at Columbus with a lower back injury
Pause has made two substitute appearances for the Fire since returning to the 18 on July 20 but was an unused substitute in last week’s win at Philadelphia and Wednesday’s Open Cup defeat to D.C. United.
Gyros for a Good Cause
The Greek in me is more than excited for tonight’s Section 8 Chicago tailgate. Why? Because ISA group Westmont Ultras are not only bringing Gyros Night to the north lot tonight but they’re also pairing it with a food drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Get in on the gyros, hummus, pita and baklava by making a $5 donation to the Food Depository. Get the much anticipated Greek fries by bringing a canned food item (listed here) or make a $25 online donation, bring the receipt and dinner is on Westmont!
No I’m not Greek but I do love gyros for a good cause.
The Chicago Fire are also proud partners of the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will be holding a stadium-wide food drive on September 1 as part of Hunger Awareness month.
See you tonight!