Minnesota United gameday

7:30 p.m. at Chicago Fire • Ch. 29, 1500-AM

Loons face dwindling, desperate Fire

Preview: While Minnesota United (6-14-4) is at the bottom of the Western Conference and the league overall, it is catching the Chicago Fire (12-8-5, third in the East and the league) in a skid. Chicago has lost five of its past six matches. But the Fire has the second-best home record at 10-1-1. United is winless on the road.

Quotable: “Their front four are very, very dangerous and were, at one point, probably the hottest group in the league earlier in the year. And they’ve kind of slowed down. They need this game. They’re desperate for it.” — winger Ethan Finlay on Chicago

Numbers: Chicago’s Nemanja Nikolic is second in the Golden Boot race with 16 goals.

Injuries: M John Goossens (ankle), G Jorge Bava (elbow), D Brandon Vincent (quad), M Daniel Johnson (knee), M/D Matt Polster (knee), D Joao Meira and D Matej Dekovic (adductor) are out for Chicago. M Bernardo Anor (leg), D Thomas de Villardi (Achilles), D Joe Greenspan (concussion) and M Bashkim Kadrii (personal issues) are out for United. F Christian Ramirez (hamstring) and D Marc Burch (groin) are questionable.

MEgan Ryan