Klopas Embraces ‘Survival Mode’ as D.C. United Faces Chicago Fire

The Chicago Fire aim to break their losing streak by defeating D.C. United in their next MLS match. Frank Klopas, the team’s coach, is urging them to approach the game with a “relegation battle” mentality.

After losing four consecutive games, including a recent defeat against the Columbus Crew, the Fire currently sit 14th in the Eastern Conference standings. This losing streak is their fifth since the start of 2021, but they haven’t lost five in a row since 2018.

Klopas emphasized the need to simplify their approach in practice to boost team morale during this challenging period. Despite the absence of relegation in the league, he wants the team to treat every game as a battle until they overcome their current situation.

D.C. United is also seeking redemption after two consecutive losses to the New York Red Bulls and Inter Miami. Despite their solid counter-pressing strategy, coach Troy Lesesne acknowledged the need for improvement in finishing scoring opportunities.

Players to watch in the upcoming match include Christian Benteke from D.C. United and Carlos Teran from the Chicago Fire. Benteke has been a key scorer for his team this season, while Teran has been a consistent contributor for the Fire.

The match prediction favors D.C. United, given the Chicago Fire’s poor performance in the current season. D.C. United has a history of success against the Fire and is expected to secure a victory based on Opta win probability.

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