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April 1, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
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FIRE RETURN TO CHICAGO, FACE HOUSTON DYNAMO ON SATURDAY

After back-to-back road matches, Chicago Fire FC returns to the Windy City on Saturday night. In their first matchup against a Western Conference foe this season, the Fire will host reigning Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion Houston Dynamo FC, who are led by Mexican international Hector Herrera. For the 29th time in Club history, the Fire will take on Houston, with Saturday marking the 15th all-time home match for Chicago. Despite facing Houston in last year's U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, this will mark the Fire's first match against Houston in the regular season since the 2022 season.

The Fire have an all-time record of 8-12-8 against the Dynamo, with Chicago holding a 5-5-4 record in the Windy City. Saturday marks just the second time the two sides will meet at Soldier Field, with the previous matchup resulting in a 4-0 victory for the Fire on Sept. 23, 2020. This will be Chicago's first time hosting a regular season home match against Houston in four seasons.

Kickoff for Saturday's contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT. Additionally, the match will be broadcast live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. The match will also be transmitted locally in English on wlsam.com and in Spanish on WRTO 1200 AM.

Game Information

CHICAGO FIRE FC (1-3-2, 5 points) vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO FC (3-1-1, 10 points)

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Soldier Field - Chicago

All-Time Record vs. HOU: (8-12-8)

Last Game vs. HOU: Sept. 23, 2020 (4-0 W) - Soldier Field - Chicago (Match Recap)

Last Game at HOU: June 25, 2022 (0-2 L) - Shell Energy Stadium - Houston (Match Recap)

by the numbers

149 - With his appearance off the bench in Saturday's match against Atlanta, midfielder Chris Mueller made his 149th MLS appearance. The Schaumburg native made his third appearance for the Fire this season, coming in as a substitute in the 75th minute. Mueller made his 37th appearance in a Fire uniform since joining the team in 2022.

19 - Homegrown goalkeeper Chris Brady returned from international duty, after representing the U.S. Men's Olympic Team for a pair of friendlies. Upon returning, Brady recorded four more saves against Atlanta. With 19 saves made this season, Brady is T-6 in Major League Soccer in saves made by a goalkeeper. The young goalkeeper sits near the top of the league, despite missing a game two Matchdays ago due to his international participation.

20 - Midfielder Brian Gutiérrez currently sits at 18 career assists since joining the Fire on a Homegrown contract in 2020. If Gutiérrez records two more assists, he will become the second player in League history to record 20 assists before turning 21 years of age. Gutiérrez turns 21 on June 17.

LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP ROSTER UPDATE

Chicago Fire FC II will host USL League One side Forward Madison FC in the Second Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 7 p.m. CT at SeatGeek Stadium.

Due to roster compliance rules, specific members of Chicago Fire FC are permitted to play with Chicago Fire FC II in the second round of the tournament. Pending registration, the following First Team players are available for selection for next Wednesday's match:

Tom Barlow

Javier Casas

Bryan Dowd

Jeff Gal

Andrew Gutman

Georgios Koutsias

Federico Navarro

Wyatt Omsberg

Sergio Oregel

Arnaud Souquet

Carlos Terán





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