The Chicago Fire host Chivas USA for a 7 p.m. match Thursday at Toyota Park. With a win or draw, Chicago guarantees itself a postseason spot.
Here are several links posted Wednesday at my ESPNChicago.com Chicago Fire blog:
• Chivas vs. Fire notebook: Fire defender Conde questionable with flu-like symptoms
• Zach Thornton: 'I'm glad I got through it': Catching up with the ex-Fire goalkeeper
• This date in Chicago Fire history: Oct. 21, 2000 - Fire top Fusion to win U.S. Open Cup