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MLS Preview: St. Louis City SC (6-3-1) at Chicago Fire (2-3-5)

The Chicago Fire knocked St. Louis City SC out of the US Open Cup on Tuesday, winning the first-ever meeting between the sides, 2-1. Chicago has lost five of its last seven home matches against expansion teams in league play, including the last two in a row.

The Chicago Fire are unbeaten in their last 13 regular season home matches against Western Conference opponents (W8 D5). Chicago hasn’t lost a home match to a Western Conference in over four years, since a 4-2 defeat to the Seattle Sounders in March 2019.

Despite just one win in its last five MLS games (D1 L3), St. Louis City SC’s 19 points are the second most by an expansion team after 10 game sin league history (Los Angeles Football Club – 20 in 2018). St. Louis City SC has scored multiple goals in all six of its wins (20 total) while scoring just two total over its other four games (D1 L3).

With his goals against Atlanta United FC on Saturday, Josef Martinez joined Kei Kamara with goals against an MLS record 26 different opponents. Kei Kamara can break that ties with a goal against St. Louis City SC on Saturday.

St. Louis City SC has attempted an average 22.3 tackles per match this season, 3.6 more than any other team in the league (D. C. United – 18.7), winning a league-high 13.6 per game. St. Louis City SC also leads MLS in fouls committed, averaging 15.4 per game.

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