Well, the Fire roar into the second home game of the season. We have 1 point from two games. 1 goal scored, the blistering, amazing (deflected) shot by Herbers. We looked a bit better last week at times...until the two red cards, rash of injuries and, well, Brady doing an impersonation of Richard "dirty" Sanchez from a few years ago (play well at times, very well at times, and then do something 'stupid'... although the goal was not that bad in hindsight). The biggest thing is we don't really have a starting line up tonight. Torres is out injured. Navarro is out injured. Kamara is out due to stupidity. Herbers is out due to extreme stupidity. Shaqiri may be injured. Overlap predicts: ...................Kacper …..MHS........Guti…..Mueller ...........Gaston...Mauri Miggy....Rafa...Carlos..Souquet ....................Brady Here's the sad part, I had to look up who "MHS" (Maren Haile-Selassie), "Mauri" (Mauricio Pineda?) and "Miggy" (Miguel Navarro) were. We did sign a new defender, Alonso Aceves on loan from Liga MX side C.F. Pachuca, but our new Greek sensation has yet to arrive, apparently. In super big news, the FIRE signed an agreement to partner with Curad, to be the “Official Medical Supplier of Chicago Fire FC,” providing first aid and performance-related products for the Club’s first team and Academy. Excellent work Dave Baldwin. "We're proud to partner with CURAD, a fellow Chicagoland company and leader in the healthcare space,” said Chicago Fire FC President of Business Operations Dave Baldwin. “As an organization, ensuring the health and safety of our players is one of our top priorities. This new partnership with CURAD will enhance our ability to provide a high level of medical care to our athletes." They are a local company, headquartered in Northlake, so a good move for the Fire. However, with all of our injuries, we're going to need way more than Band-aids (oops, sorry wrong brand, that would be Curad brand adhesive bandages to you!). Fortunately, they also make masks, topical creams and sports wraps. Too bad they cannot manufacture strikers, as we could really use one at the moment. https://www.chicagofirefc.com/news/chicago-fire-fc-announces-multi-year-partnership-with-curad As for our opponents tonight, FC Cincinnati are 2-0-1 (I give up correctly the W-D-L from the stupid W-L-D) with 7 points. FC Cincinnati are 3-1-0 in four previous meetings in Chicago. On the downside, they have Chris Albright at the helm (and I though Ezra was a weak choice as head coach!). They are lead by Luciano Acosta who has bounced around as a DP for a few years now. Their other DPs are Nwobodo and, in a shock move, 1980's comedian David Brenner! (Oh, wait, that is Brazilian former under-17 player Brenner Souza da Silva). In their short history, they have been very well supported and have been decent. For the three or four of you who like him, Tyler Terens (play-by-play), Devon Kerr (analyst) will be on the Apple TV+ call. Personally, I had no problem with his play calling while he was in Chicago. I will actually be in Chicago this weekend (memorial for my uncle who passed away this week...too bad, he was my favorite relative). However, I saw that the "high" will be 28 and decided to take a pass at going to the match.