Chicago Lineup: 4-3-3
Jorge Bava, Michael Harrington (Drew Conner 78), Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent, Juninho ©, Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luis Solignac (David Accam 71), Nemanja Nikolic, Michael de Leeuw (Daniel Johnson 60).
The Men in Red are on fire! The Fire managed seven points in their recent three game home stand. Toyota Park is starting to look more like the fortress that Dax McCarty envisioned. In addition, I do not remember the last time Chicago has made the top ten in MLS power rankings. Chicago managed to end their home stand with a 3-0 win over rivals, New England. The game was still settling in when in the 27th minute Je-Vaughn Watson changed the game with a rather reckless tackle on Luis Solignac. Watson was sent off and then Chicago took charge. With the big three holding down the midfield, New England never had a chance at holding possession down a man.
Schweinsteiger opened the scoring just before half after Solignac managed to unlock the defense with great vision. Nemanja Nicolic got a second half brace with a few tap ins thanks to being in the right place at the right time. The later goal was thanks to David Accam coming in with fresh legs. After bolting past the New England defense, David sent a perfectly weighted ball directly in between a few Revolution players.
Chicago’s bench continues to impress with Polster returning to the 18, Solignac proving he can be a true option up top, and Daniel Johnson showing he knows how to come in to change a game. It also looks like both Matt Polster and Drew Conner are options in replacing Michael Harrington at left back. In addition Michael de Leeuw might start feeling pressure in losing his starting role if Luis Solignac continues his great form. Chicago begin their away trip with a visit to Toronto. There they will have the difficult task of keeping Tornoto’s big three of Giovinco, Altidore, and Bradley at bay.