I didn't go on this trip, so with no Sounders news expected, here are some pregame notes from the Fire:
FIRE WELCOME SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC TO TOYOTA PARK IN REMATCH OF 2011 US OPEN CUP FINALThe Chicago Fire (2-1-2; eight points) return home where they will play host to Seattle Sounders FC (3-1-1, 10 points) in “Take the Pledge Fire Goes Green” night at Toyota Park Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. Pacific.)
This is the first meeting between the two squads since the 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final on October 4, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. Sounders FC pulled out a 2-0 win over the Fire to clinch their third straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
The Fire head into the match looking for their first-ever win against Seattle. The team is 0-3-3 in the clubs’ previous six regular season matches, going 0-1-2 against Sounders FC at Toyota Park.
Sounders FC enter the match after taking a break in MLS regular season action last weekend. Their last match was a 1-0 home win over the Colorado Rapids on April 14.
CHICAGO FIRE vs. Seattle Sounders FC
· The Fire hold a 0-3-3 all-time MLS record against Seattle Sounders FC, including a 0-1-2 record in matches played at Toyota Park. · The Fire went 0-1-1 against Seattle Sounders FC during the 2011 MLS Regular Season. Diego Chaves became the first player in Fire history to score in each of his first three regular season games as the Fire fell 1-2 on April 9 at CenturyLink Field. Starting his second game since earning his job back, Sean Johnson stole the show in goal, making three first have saves as the sides drew 0-0 on June 4 at Toyota Park.
· Patrick Nyarko and Gonzalo Segares each opened their goal scoring account for the 2012 season with their goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Toronto FC. Segares’ 40th minute equalizer was his first since an 88th minute leveler in a 2-2 draw at Columbus on April 25, 2009. Nyarko’s 58th minute winner was his first since scoring what stand as the deciding goal in a 3-2 win over New England on September 25, 2011.
· With his appearance in Saturday’s match vs. Toronto FC, Segares takes over sole possession of ninth place on the club’s all-time MLS appearance list with 152 games played while Fire captain Logan Pause moved past former teammate Chris Armas and into third place on the club’s all competitions appearance list with 273 games played.
· Sitting on 15 regular season goals scored in just over a year since joining the Fire, Dominic Oduro stands one strike away from tying Lubos Kubik and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, entering the club’s top 15 MLS goal-scoring list.