2020 Chicago Fire FC Season Preview, Key Home Games

So what’s new for the Chicago Fire FC in 2020? It’s probably shorter to just list out what ISN’T new for #cf97 this upcoming season, as you can literally start counting down the hours now until the new Major League Soccer season begins. Yes, there is snow and ice on the ground, with single digit wind chills expected tonight, but the Fire begin the regular season, at the Seattle Sounders on Sunday (kickoff is 2 pm local).

With a new: logo, color scheme, team name (sort of),owner, home stadium, manager, football director, broadcast partners (not to mention a totally revamped roster), a different era is underway to say the least, so let’s just dive right in and vivisect it all.  The club revealed their second kit, which it white today:

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Nicolas Gaitan to Join Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty in Chicago Fire Midfield

When the Chicago Fire open their season on Sunday against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the L.A. Galaxy they will do so with a new player added to the roster. Thursday saw Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang announce the transfer of Nicolas Gaitan to the Major League Soccer side.

“Nicholas Gaitan joined the US Fireworks Chicago Fire Team. The club expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Gaitan for his contribution to the team during the Dalian period,” the post on the official Dalian website reads.

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Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic, Veljko Paunovic, Nelson Rodriguez on New Chicago Fire Signings

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Tuesday night brought the first major event of 2019 for the Chicago Fire as the team hosted a kit launch and Motorola branding event at Fire on the Mile in the Wrigley Building. It was also the first media availability of ’19, and with that we saw the most prominent figures in the club take questions from reporters about how the offseason has gone thus far.

The Fire have made two major acquisitions thus far: Przemyslaw Frankowski, a midfielder and Polish international from
Gdansk, who last played for Jagiellonia Bialystok and central defender Marcelo dos Santos Ferreira, commonly referred to as Marcelo, who arrived via transfer from Portuguese first-division club Sporting CP.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger to Fill Positional Holes for Chicago Fire in 2019

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is back for a third season with the Chicago Fire in 2019, and the position he’ll play this year is…wherever he’s needed. Obviously, he’s a natural and preferred #6, and thus his best place is in the defensive midfield, but last season he played as a central defender on many occasions, filling the team’s talent and depth gap at the position.

According to Schweinsteiger himself, in this interview he just did with ESPN at Major League Soccer Media Day (video below), he played the final eight games of the 2018 season at centre-back. Schweinsteiger also said he believes central defense is where he can most help the team out right now.

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Blackhawks triumph helps Chicago recover from Great Fire of 1871 (SATIRE)

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With every postseason win, the Chicago Blackhawks take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. The possibility of tasting these pure waters lifts the spirits of Windy City Citizens still yearning for a ray of light to guide them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

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Costa Rica’s World Cup run creates buzz for Central American Nation


Costa Rica went to the knockout round of 16 in their very first World Cup appearance, but 2014 proved to be their most successful tournament yet.  They beat Greece 5-3 on penalty kicks in extra time to advance to the round of eight for the first time ever. And they fought extremely hard in the quarter-final round, finally being vanquished on penalty kicks. Yes, coming within inches of making the sem-finals was HUGE for Costa Rica.

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Blackhawks Stanley Cup helps Chicago recover from Fire of 1871 (parody)

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(note: this opening paragraph is obviously parody)

With a win tonight the Chicago Blackhawks will take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. With just five more wins, the tasting of these pure waters will lift the spirits of Windy City citizens still yearning for a ray of light to get them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

Every Brian Bickell goal is yet another opportunity to make Chicago residents forget about that fateful lantern, kicked over by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow that led to doom and destruction. Every point scored by Blackhawks leader Jonathan “Captain Serious” Toews is another chance to alleviate the serious and somber mood possessed by many who lost everything in the second city’s historical inferno.

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Illini partnering up with Chicago White Sox, Fire

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On the heels of yesterday’s deal with the Chicago White Sox, the University of Illinois and Chicago Fire Soccer Club have formed a cross-promotional partnership where Illini fans will receive special offers for Fire events, including pre-arranged behind-the-scene tours of Toyota Stadium and unique events like breakfast in the clubhouse.

Illini fans who purchase Fire season tickets by visiting here, will see 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the University of Illinois Athletics IFUND. The purpose of the IFUND is to cultivate and prepare Illinois student-athletes to be leaders in industry, business and community.

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David Beckham, Landon Donovan and L.A. Galaxy Defeat Chicago Fire 2-1

Last night the Chicago Fire fell victim to two  goals set up by David Beckham and fell 2-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The Fire nearly drew first blood in the waning minutes of the first half as Jalil Anibaba nearly headed home Paladini’s in-swinging corner kick in the 45th minute.

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