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Chicago Fire Weekly Update - March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire News Release

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will play at home for a second consecutive weekend when the team hosts Western Conference side Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 16 at SeatGeek Stadium. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. CT, the game against Sounders FC will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and transmitted locally on Univision Radio WRTO AM 1200.

The Men in Red enter Saturday's match after an exciting 1-1 comeback draw against Orlando City SC at SeatGeek Stadium on March 9. Despite playing down a man for 30 minutes, the Fire rallied to find the equalizer late in the second half, with forward CJ Sapong scoring a 95th minute header on the final play of the match. The finish marked Sapong's second goal in as many games with the Fire. Midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski, who made his home debut in the match, tallied his first assist of the season.

Saturday's contest against Sounders FC will mark the 14th meeting between both teams since 2009. Heading into the match, the Fire are unbeaten in its last two games (1-0-1) played against Seattle. In the most recent match between both clubs at SeatGeek Stadium, the Fire produced a convincing 4-1 win on May 13, 2017. Three different players scored in the 4-1 victory, including a brace from forward Nemanja Nikolic.

Heading into Saturday's match, Sounders FC are coming off two straight wins to start the season. After defeating expansion side FC Cincinnati 4-1 on March 2, Sounders FC recorded a second consecutive home victory with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on March 9. Three different players - Kelvin Leerdam, Jordan Morris and Raúl RuidÃ-az - are tied for the most goals on the team with two apiece.

Following Saturday's match against Sounders FC, the Fire will return to SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday, March 30 to face the New York Red Bulls. The match against the Red Bulls is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. CT (ESPN+, Univision Radio WRTO AM 1200).

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