A delicious match-up tonight between the respective conference leaders, with the Fire’s MLS-best offense facing Chivas USA’s MLS-best defense.
The Fire are undefeated in 10 games, while Chivas USA haven’t lost in five and are beginning to field a stable lineup.
Just one change in Preki’s starting XI from the team that drew 1-1 with Kansas City last time out, Mexican striker Eduardo Lillingston replacing Fontana’s Chukwudi Chijindu (who is on the bench), in attack.
Chivas USA lineup: Thornton, Trujillo, Talley, Thomas, Bornstein, Kljestan, Marsch, Nagamura, Harris, Galindo, Lillingston.
The Fire counters with John Busch, Tim Ward, Wilman Conde, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares, Marco Pappa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Logan Pause, John Thorrington, Brian McBride, Chris Rolfe.
In other news, Chivas USA today announced the signing of 18-year-old Sylmar midfielder Casar Zamora to a developmental contract. He’s the third product of the club’s youth system to sign a pro contract.
In addition, Chivas USA goalkeeping coach Leo Perkovich was fined $500 for his conduct at the Wizards game, MLS announced today.