United goalkeeper Bill Hamid made seven saves in the Black-and-Red’s last game against Chicago (May 20), tying a season-high. Hamid has the third-most saves against the Fire among active goalkeepers with 44 saves in 12 games. Only Tim Howard (56 saves in 10 games) and Nick Rimando (107 saves in 34 games) have more.
The Chicago Fire have scored 49 goals this season, their highest-total since 2005, when they defeated D.C. United in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Fire are tied for second with New York City FC and Portland, trailing only Toronto FC, who have 59. Forward Nemanja Nikolić leads Chicago with 17 goals and four game-winning goals, both of which are tied for second-best in the MLS.
Ben Olsen is tied for the third-most wins among active coaches against Chicago with six. Under Olsen, United are 5-1-1 against the Fire when they score first. In his playing career, Olsen scored five goals and recorded four assists against Chicago.
United have taken 19 out of a possible 30 points against Chicago dating back to 2014. In that time span, the Black-and-Red are 5-1-4 against the Fire, going three calendar years without a loss from 2014-2016.
Midfielder Luciano Acosta has 48 created chances on the season, more than any Chicago player by 13. Acosta also has six out of 30 career points in three games versus Chicago, all coming in 2016. The Argentine tied a club record when he notched three assists in a single game last August.
United travel to the Windy City for their match Saturday, Sept. 16, at Toyota Park. Pre-game coverage starts at 8 PM ET on NewsChannel 8, CW Richmond and live on Facebook, with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 PM ET.