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Chicago Fire-Mania...Catch It!

Fred Huebner

Much more than a sports guy, a big fan of tv, movies and music, (classic rock). TV play-by-play man for the Chicago Fire. Between Sports Phone and The Score, I have covered and talked sports for 32 years in this town.

If you have been waiting to get into Chicago Fire soccer, now is the time!

The squad, under new coach Carlos de los Cobos, got off to a slow start this season and stand 5-5-5 half way through the season.

Technical Director, Frank Klopas has been busy, (technical director is soccer speak for general manager).

Mexican National, Nery Castillo should have his visa problems solved, and could see the pitch this weekend against New York. Swedish midfielder, Freddie Ljungberg, acquired in a deal, says he's ready to go.

What a great stage for these two to make their Fire debuts against a Red Bulls team that comes in loaded.

The Red Bulls are 8-6-3, in second place in the Eastern Conference.  With the recent additions of Mexico's Rafael Marquez and Frenchman,Thierry Henry, New York is the only team in the league to take full advantage of the three designated player rule.

To put it in simple terms, these players can be paid more money and don't count against the miniscule team salary cap, making the Red Bulls an attractive team to keep an eye on.

The Fire are coming off an impressive 3-2 win over Landon Donovan and the L.A. Galaxy last week on the West Coast, and hope to keep the good play and excitement going Sunday night at Toyota Park.  8:00 kick.  If you can't make it out there, you can catch the action on ESPN2.

If you have thought about giving soccer a chance, now would be a great time to get started.  Toyota Park is an AWESOME place to watch a soccer match.  The site lines are great. The atmosphere is really cool.  And most importantly, the beer selection gives everyone a chance to grab their favorite cold one.



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