Match Preview

Match Preview: Atlanta United hosts Chicago Fire for One Planet match


First Touches

  • The match is on Sunday with an earlier kickoff time at 4:30 p.m.
  • Both clubs will be wearing the One Planet jersey as part of a league-wide partnership with adidas to raise awareness for sustainable practices and reducing plastic waste. Learn the story of the One Planet jersey.
  • Homegrown Caleb Wiley made his international debut for the U.S. men's national team this week in the 1-1 draw with Mexico in the Allstate Continental Clásico.
  • Giorgos Giakoumakis has scored in each of his first four MLS starts, becoming just the seventh player in MLS history to do so. The striker is listed as questionable (hamstring) for Sunday's match in this week's Availability Report.

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Match Details

  • Date: Sunday, April 23
  • Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
  • Theme: Greener Goals and One Planet
  • Tickets: View tickets

How to watch, listen and live stream Atlanta United vs. Chicago Fire

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Atlanta United is coming off earning two straight road results after tying New York City FC and Toronto FC. The 5-Stripes nearly came away with even more points. In both matches, Atlanta United scored the go-ahead goal in the second half only to later concede the equalizer. Atlanta United has not been shut out once this season, ranking second in MLS in goals for (16). On the other side, Chicago Fire is riding a 5-match unbeaten streak dating back to March 18 when they played the current conference co-leader FC Cincinnati to a 3-3 draw.

Series History and Last Meeting

This series has been dominated by the home team. The hosts have won nine of the last 11 meetings and Atlanta United has never lost a home MLS match to Chicago Fire. Last time the two sides met at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Ronaldo Cisneros scored a hat trick and the 5-Stripes won the match 4-1.

Players To Watch

Machop Chol (Atlanta United) – The Atlanta United forward scored his first career goal in MLS last weekend in Toronto, a header in the 76th minute. His teammates credit his versatility and ability to play multiple attacking positions. The 5-Stripes might need Chol again after Giorgos Giakoumakis left the Toronto match early with an apparent injury, and the 24-year-old from South Sudan gives Atlanta United another weapon in the attack.

Kei Kamara (Chicago Fire) – The forward out of Sierra Leone has scored a lot in his nearly 400 MLS appearances and has tallied a goal against 26 clubs. A team not on that list? Atlanta United. Kamara has yet to score a goal on the 5-Stripes in his 16-year career in MLS. He's the Fire's leading scorer on the season and a few weeks ago, he notched a brace against Minnesota United which landed him on the MLS Team of the Matchday.

Atlanta United
Chicago Fire  
Head coach
Gonzalo Pineda
Ezra Hendrickson
2023 record (W-L-T)
4-1-3 (15 points)
2-1-4 (10 points)
Eastern Conference standing
Sunday's jersey colors
Dark blue
Light blue
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