Chicago Fire FC wraps up a two-match homestand on Saturday night with a visit from Toronto FC, set for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at Soldier Field.
The Fire picked up a point in their last outing, a 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Wednesday, in which midfielder Gastón Giménez scored his first goal for the Club and defender Miguel Navarro created an own goal for the second time this season. Toronto enter the match amid a coaching search, as former manager Chris Armas was let go in early July. Still, Toronto have picked up points in three straight entering Saturday's match.
Ahead of tonight's kickoff on WGN, CFFC Live, and TUDN 1200AM, take a look a look at how the Fire will start with the lineup notes below.
- Head coach Raphael Wicky will not be in attendance tonight due to a health matter concerning a close family member. Assistant coach Frank Klopas will lead the team for a third-straight match.
- Tonight's starting XI is the same as Wednesday's lineup that drew with D.C. United.
- Gastón Giménez gets a second-straight start in midfield following his goal against D.C. during the week.
- Midfielder Álvaro Medrán currently leads the team in assists with five so far this season, and earns his 15th appearance of 2021 with his start this evening.
- Defender Boris Sekulić assisted on Giménez's goal on Wednesday. His three total assists are level with Przemysław Frankowski - a starter tonight in midfield - for the second-most on the team so far this season.
- Lining up opposite Sekulić in defense is fullback Miguel Navarro, whose deflected pass caused an own goal against D.C. United and helped secure a share of the points on Wednesday. He starts for the 11th-consecutive match this evening.
- Centrally, Mauricio Pineda, Wyatt Omsberg, and Jonathan Bornstein will man the defensive back line. Bornstein will wear the captain's armband again this evening in the absence of Francisco Calvo, who is away on international duty with Costa Rica.
- After making several clutch saves against D.C. to preserve the result, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth earns the 213th regular season start of his MLS career. Entering tonight's match, Shuttleworth has recorded the most saves in the Eastern Conference (55) and the third-most in the league this season.
- Up top, forwards Robert Berić and Ignacio Aliseda will lead the attacking unit. Aliseda has rounded into form as of late, having picked up three goals and an assist in his last four matches.
- Available to Klopas as substitutions tonight are goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, defender Jhon Espinoza, defender Johan Kappelhof, midfielder Fabian Herbers, midfielder Stanislav Ivanov, midfielder Luka Stojanović, midfielder Brian Gutiérrez, midfielder Elliot Collier, and forward Chinonso Offor.
- Defender Carlos Terán (right shin), and goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm (right knee) are out due to injury for tonight's match.
Get a look at Toronto's starting lineup below: