MLS Preview: Chicago Fire at D.C. United

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On Saturday at RFK Stadium D.C. United host the Chicago Fire (Watch live on NBCSN, 4 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) with both teams still searching for their first win of the MLS season.

All the stats point towards a Fire win in this Eastern Conference matchup, as they beat D.C. on all thee occasions last season and Ben Olsen has won just once in eight career games against Chicago.

Last time out D.C. suffered their second-straight shutout loss to start the season, following a 1-0 defeat away at Toronto courtesy of a Jermain Defoe strike. In truth the game could’ve gone either way, but lady luck hasn’t been shining on United for quite some time.

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Following that defeat at BMO Field, there’s been plenty of complaints from D.C.’s players about the conditions of the field, with Fabian Espindola calling the pitch in Ontario “absolute crap.”

With that loss, United’s winless streak now stands at 14 (a club record) after being carried over from last season and Olsen’s crew look incredibly short in confidence, even with the fancy additions of Eddie Johnson and Espindola up top. Let’s see if they can get it going this  Saturday against Chicago. As for the Fire, its been a steady yet unspectacular start to the season for new boss Frank Yallop. Two draws and a defeat see Chicago still finding their feet in the East, but with following a positive point against the New York Red Bulls in their home opener, the Fire could build on that in the nations capital.

What they’re saying

Fire assistant coach C.J. Brown on D.C.’s young, talented team

D.C. United players preview the battle with Chicago

Prediction

I am going to put this out there, and say D.C. finally gets a win. It has been a long time since that happened, 14 games, but the Black and Red were pretty unlucky last week away at Toronto in difficult conditions. With Johnson and Espindola up top, I think they will cause Chicago plenty of problems, and the La Barra Brava will be dancing in delight at RFK as they see their team get off the mark in 2014.

WATCH: Rashford sends arrow home to put Man Utd up two

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Seemingly everything he touches turns to gold goals.

Marcus Rashford scored twice in the first 17 minutes of Wednesday’s League Cup third round match versus Burton Albion at Old Trafford, and the second was a beaut.

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It was a classy little chipped finish that made it 1-0, but Rashford unleashed from outside the 18 to beat a flying goalkeeper and put a jewel on the scoreboard.

Well, not really a jewel, but picture that “2” as real shiny.

Rashford now has five goals in eight matches for Manchester United this season, and 22 in 78 for his career. He turns 20 next month, which is nice.

Everton fines Rooney two weeks’ wages

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Wayne Rooney‘s move back to Everton was always going to benefit the Merseyside community, though it wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Everton has fined Rooney two weeks’ wages following his admission earlier this week to a drunk driving charge.

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According to the BBC, “Everton intend to give the entire sum – thought to be about £300,000 – to local projects through their Everton in the Community scheme.”

At a Monday court date, Rooney learned that he would not be allowed to drive for two years. He was also fined and assigned 100 hours of community service.

Rooney has two goals and an assist in nine appearances, all starts, for the struggling Toffees. He is not in the 18 for Everton’s third round League Cup tie versus Sunderland on Wednesday.

LIVE: Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal enter League Cup

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Five more League Cup third round games take place on Wednesday with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton all hosting lower-league opponents.

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Holders Man United welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford, while Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, Everton clash with recently relegated Sunderland and Manchester City head to West Brom.

On Tuesday five Premier League teams were knocked out of the competition as Liverpool lost at Leicester City, Stoke were upset at Bristol City, Burnley lost to Leeds United on penalty kicks, Brighton lost at Bournemouth and Huddersfield were knocked out by Crystal Palace.

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Below is the full schedule for Wednesday’s League Cup games with all games kicking off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated.

Click on the link above for live updates on all five games, while the fourth-round draw takes place after the games have finished.


Wednesday’s League Cup schedule

Arsenal vs. Doncaster Rovers
Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest
Everton vs. Sunderland
Manchester United vs. Burton Albion – 3 p.m. ET
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester City – 3 p.m. ET

Men In Blazers podcast: Chelsea-Arsenal, Rooney, Pep

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Rog and Davo break down Arsenal’s draw at Chelsea, Wazza’s return to Old Trafford, and a robotic performance from Pep’s City side. Plus, a musical number at the end.

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