The return of a legend and the Fire's new #18.
As if a 2009 Eastern Conference final loss to Real Salt Lake at Toyota Park wasn’t hard enough to swallow, the departure of Chris Rolfe – a true Fire original – two months earlier was also a major low point of the 2009 campaign. Rolfe took up the opportunity in September that year to prove himself in Europe with Aalborg BK in the Danish Superliga and the move was understandable.
It’s quite common for American players to grasp the first chance to play in Europe that comes their way, but it was still disappointing to lose a player who established himself as an integral member of the club during his five seasons from 2005-2009, as well as with the Chicago Fire Premier in the Premier Development League. Continue reading
Marc Albrighton and Darren Bent – two of the big name Aston Villa players that could be facing the Fire in July. | Image source: Telegraph.co.uk
Following last season’s high profile international friendlies against Manchester United and Chivas, the Chicago Fire yesterday announced they will be hosting another exciting international friendly this year against EPL side Aston Villa at Toyota Park on July 21st.
The summer is always an exciting time with international friendlies and this summer will certainly be no different with the likes of Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Shay Given arriving in Chicago. I’m sure supporters wish the Fire could play Manchester United every year, but Aston Villa is still a very well-known club and will certainly attract a sizeable crowd at Toyota Park, as well as a great spectacle. One of the most exciting story lines will be the return of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Eric Lichaj, both of which were former players for the Chicago Fire Premier.
Alex McLeish’s side will also face the Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers during its summer tour of North America. Aston Villa played against two other Major League Soccer teams in 2007, defeating Toronto FC 4-2 and the Columbus Crew 3-1.
I caught up with Matt Turvey from the popular Aston Villa Life blog to discuss July’s friendly and the first ever meeting between our two clubs. Continue reading
If you’re a Chicago Fire supporter and a fan of US soccer, then Wednesday, February 29th was nothing short of the perfect day.
An action-filled day began early Wednesday morning as numerous international friendlies were already underway by 10pm CT. One of those friendlies involved Fire striker Orr Barouch, who received the nod in the starting lineup for Israel against Ukraine. Barouch opened the scoring in the 17th minute, splitting two defenders to get on the end of a precise pass and fire a one-touch effort into the net. Israel would go on to win 4-0. Watch Barouch’s goal and highlights of the match below. Continue reading
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Every Chicago Fire supporter knows how much of a legend C.J. Brown is. The former Fire defender tallied 296 appearances for the men in red during his thirteen year career in Major League Soccer. A true rarity in the modern era, Brown spent his entire career with the Fire and the former captain was a pivotal figure for the club – both on and off the pitch – and his leadership earned him the respect of his teammates and coaches while his relentless attitude and commitment on the pitch won over the hearts of every Fire supporter. Continue reading
For just the second time in its fifteen year history, the Chicago Fire have secured a shirt sponsor deal ahead of the 2012 MLS season. Rumors began circulating on Monday about a possible deal with Quaker Oats Company and on Tuesday the club confirmed an exciting new sponsorship with the PepsiCo division. The club not only named Quaker as its new shirt sponsor, but also announced a deal naming Quaker as the official Breakfast Foods & Nutritious Snacks Partner of the Chicago Fire.
But more about those new shirts. See photos below. Continue reading