The Chicago Fire will be without captain Dax McCarty for their home match Sunday against the Houston Dynamo.
Chicago (3-5-2) announced Thursday that McCarty will be out up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.
“It’s a bummer, obviously,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We have to deal with an important loss but it’s also an opportunity for other players to step into that role and also help the team build the momentum we are looking for.”
Midfielder Tony Tchani is a candidate to replace McCarty.
The Fire (3-5-2) will get midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger back after he was rested for a 3-0 loss at Columbus on May 12; the Fire’s third match in eight days.
Houston (3-3-3) can use defensive help, especially on restarts. Vancouver’s Kendall Waston scored on one in the 94th minute for a 2-2 tie in its last match.
“One of the issues we cannot hide is we’re conceding too many goals on set pieces,” Houston coach Wilmer Cabrera said. “We did that last game. We conceded two in the last few seconds of each half. That’s something we have to emphasize that we need to get better at, because it’s costing us a lot of points lately. If we improve that we are going to be able to get points, especially when we are playing away.”
Cabrera said the Dynamo needs to work on two things.
“More concentration and more decision on the part of all the players,” said Cabrera. “When you are concentrated, you are not surprised and when you have a decision to finish the game, it makes things more difficult for the opponent. So, that’s what we have lacked and we have to emphasize that the matches need a concentration and the highest concentration is the last ten minutes of each game.”
—Field Level Media