Chicago Fire Announce Home Opener: Will Open 2 New Stadiums on Road

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The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the Fire will host Opening Day at TOYOTA PARK against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 PM CT. For the first time in club history, the Fire will host a home match in Chicago in the month of March when they welcome the Kansas City club to TOYOTA PARK.

The Men in Red will begin their 14th MLS season during “First Kick” week when they travel to Dallas to challenge Brimstone Cup rivals and MLS Cup runners up FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM CT. The two clubs will clash for a MLS record fifth time on “First Kick” weekend, the most in MLS history. The Fire captured the last opening day battle, a 3-1 victory March 21, 2009, but hold a 1-3-0 record against the Dallas side in season openers

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Chicago Fire send McBride, Brown off in Style with Win

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It was an extremely disappointing season for the Chicago Fire, but at least they closed it out with a 4-1 win over Chivas USA. With the win the Fire end the 2010 MLS campaign at 9-12-9, with 36 points, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire will miss the postseason for just the second time in the club’s history.

Appearing in the final match of his illustrious 17-year career, Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride tallied a beautiful back-heel goal. C.J. Brown presided over the Fire’s backline for the final time and Freddie Ljungberg, Calen Carr and Baggio Husidic added goals to send McBride and Brown into retirement as the Fire defeated Chivas USA 4-1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

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Fire Outmatched in First SuperLiga Game 5-1

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When someone says, “I’ve never felt something like this before,” they are usually not making reference to a game. However, defender C.J. Brown was referring to just that, as the Chicago Fire were routed by Monaracas Morelia.

Head coach Carlos de los Cobos added, “It’s the worst game I’ve ever seen since joining the Chicago Fire.”

The Fire looked out of sorts from the gates, letting in an easy goal by Monaracas’ Elias Hernandez only three minutes into the game. Morelia controlled possession throughout the first half and were able to find holes in the banged up Fire defense.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Chicago Fire host SuperLiga 2010; First Game Tonight against Monarcas Morelia

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The World Cup in South Africa is officially over. However, in Chicago, soccer is just getting started. Tonight, at 8:30 PM CT, the Chicago Fire will kick off the SuperLiga 2010 against the Monarcas Morelia. The Chicago Fire and their home stadium, Toyota Park, will be one of four hosts for this year’s SuperLiga.

Every year, eight teams qualify for the SuperLiga tournament and are then split up into two groups. This year, Group A consists of two MLS teams (Chivas USA and Houston Dynamo) and two Mexican clubs (Pachuca and Puebla F.C.). Notable players from this group includes three U.S. National Team players from the 2010 World Cup roster: Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Herculez Gomez (Pachuca) and Jose Torres (Pachuca).

Joining the Chicago Fire in Group B is MLS Eastern Conference rival New England Revolution along with two other Mexican clubs (Monarcas Morelia and Pumas UNAM). Notable players from this group includes four members of the Mexican National Team’s 2010 World Cup roster: Efrain Juarez (Pumas UNAM), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Pablo Barrera (Pumas UNAM) and Paul Aguilar (Pachuca).

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Chicago Fire extend grassroots campaign for home opener

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Chicago Fire hit the Streets as Countdown to Opening Night at TOYOTA PARK Nears

By Paul M. Banks

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