The Chicago Fire played possibly its worst game of the season on Saturday so it may not be such a bad thing that the team has a quick turnaround.
The Fire will close out its three-game, eight-day road trip on Wednesday at the New York Red Bulls. The game will air on CSN+ and coverage will begin at 6 p.m. with Fire Pregame Live.
The Red Bulls (3-7-1, 10 points) and the Fire (1-4-4, 7 points) are the only two teams in the league with more games played than points. They are also both coming off 2-0 road losses against teams with more losses than wins. The Fire dropped a 2-0 game in New England and the Red Bulls lost 2-0 at D.C. United.
Still, the Red Bulls have a lot of talent after winning the Supporters' Shield last season. Sacha Kljestan leads the league with six assists, in part because of his ability on set pieces, which is something that Fire coach Veljko Paunovic mentioned.
“We have to be very careful on set pieces," Paunovic said on Monday. "They have a very good set piece taker (Kljestan) and very good actions. They proved that last year and this year, too.”
The Red Bulls have allowed 20 goals this season, tied for second most in the league, but have surprisingly scored just 13 goals in 10 games after leading the league in goals with 62 last season.
"We know how well they perform actually playing at home," Paunovic said. "They attack, they are a very attacking team. Their style is very direct and we know that the individual qualities as a team, we are aware of that."
The injury list for both teams is short. The Fire will only be missing John Goossens, although Collin Fernandez (ankle) and Patrick McLain (knee) are listed as questionable.
David Accam made his first appearance Saturday after missing six matches with a knee sprain. He is no longer listed on the injury report and could start, although Paunovic would not indicate if that was the plan as of Monday.
“I believe David did very well (Saturday)," Paunovic said. "He helped the team a lot with his one-on-one incursions, especially because he committed so much at their defense. I think two yellow cards were from him. That means that David is coming back."
Chicago Fire at New York Red Bulls
When: 6:30 p.m. kickoff with Fire Pregame Live at 6 p.m.
Where: Red Bulls Arena, Harrison, N.J.