The Chicago Fire will take on Monarcas Morelia tonight to open up play in the 2010 SuperLiga. After falling in penalty kicks in the final of last year’s competition, the Men in Red are certainly hoping to finish the deal in this year’s campaign. I, however, am not holding my breath.
After the Fire struggled against the USL-2 Charleston Battery side in last month’s U.S. Open Cup, Chicago manager Carlos de los Cobos said that he felt the SuperLiga competition was more important. If that’s the case, I hope this team comes out prepared to play.
But, injuries are waging their continuing battle against the Fire this season. Patrick Nyarko, who I would argue has been the most important player for Chicago this season, is still recovering from an injury suffered two weeks ago against Columbus. Collins John, who was expected to be a major addition this season, is still struggling with a mystery stomach ailment.
I will say this though. Going up against a team whose name translates to “monarchs”? What better day to do that on than Bastille Day? The Fire do have that going for them.