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Chicago Fire Soccer Club Weekly Update - May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire News Release

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will return to SeatGeek Stadium this weekend when the team hosts New York City FC on Saturday, May 25. Scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. CT, the match will be nationally televised on Univision (Spanish) and Twitter (English) and transmitted locally on Univision Radio WRTO AM 1200 (Spanish).

Entering Saturday's match, the Fire (4-5-4, 16 points) are unbeaten in its last five home matches, tallying four wins and one draw at SeatGeek Stadium since March 30. During that stretch, the Fire's four home wins is tied for the most in the league, while the Men in Red's 16 goals scored at home this season is tied for second-most in MLS.

Saturday's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between the Fire and NYCFC at SeatGeek Stadium. The Men in Red currently hold a 2-1-1 home record against the Eastern Conference side. In the most recent matchup between the two sides at SeatGeek Stadium, the Fire posted a 3-2 win on June 30, 2018, receiving a goal from forward Nemanja Nikolic and a brace from midfielder Aleksandar Katai.

NYCFC (4-1-6, 18 points) enter Saturday's contest unbeaten in its last seven matches (4-0-3) since April 6. Most recently, the team recorded a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 11. Forwards Héber and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi lead the team in goals scored (three), while midfielder Maximiliano Moralez has recorded the most assists (four) on the team.

Three Fire players named to Preliminary Gold Cup Rosters

With the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup set to kick off on June 15, three Chicago Fire players have been included in the preliminary 40-man rosters submitted by the 16 nations participating in this summer's tournament.

Defender Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica), midfielder Djordje Mihailovic (United States of America) and midfielder/defender Raheem Edwards (Canada) have been tapped by their respective countries for the initial rosters that will serve as the basis for the final 23-player lists to be announced in early June.

The 2019 Gold Cup -- the 15th iteration of the tournament -- will be the biggest-ever edition of the event, with the most participating nations (16), most host countries (three) and most stadiums (17), including Chicago's Soldier Field, which will host the tournament final on July 7.

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