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MLS Decision Day Preview: Chicago Fire (10-13-10) at New York City FC (8-11-14)

New York City FC is unbeaten in nine all-time home matches against the Chicago Fire (W7 D2) including winning the last seven in a row. It is New York City FC’s longest regular-season home winning streak against a single opponent in the club’s MLS history.

With eight wins entering the final matchday, 2023 will be the first season in club history that New York City FC has won fewer than 10 games after doing so in each of the club’s first eight seasons/ New York City FC and the Philadelphia Union were the only two Eastern Conference teams with 10+ wins every year since 2015.

The Chicago Fire won its last away match, 1-0, at the New York Red Bulls on September 30, its fourth road win of the year, taking its total to 15 points on the road this season (W4 D3 L9). The Chicago Fire haven’t won more than four road games or collected more than 16 road points in a single season since 2012 (6 wins, 21 points).

Gabriel Pereira leads new York City FC with six goals this season despite not scoring since June 21. Entering this year, at least one New York City FC player had scored at least 13 times in each of its first seven full seasons(excluding 2020).

With Maren Haile-Selassie leading the Chicago Fire with six goals this season, it’s likely the Chicago Fire will not have a 10-goal scorer for the third consecutive year. The Chicago Fire are one of two teams (Toronto FC) without a 10-goal scorer in any of the last three MLS seasons.

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