Couple of quick updates...
MLS and the Players' Union have agreed to move the deadline to negotiate a new CBA from February 1st to the 12th. The two sides have engaged in what have been called productive discussions over the past couple of days and are making progress towards signing a new CBA.
"Both the Players Union and MLS have concluded that a new agreement will
not be reached by February 1, but we have agreed to continue to talk
and we will be meeting over the next two weeks to determine if a new
agreement can be reached," Players Union Executive Director Bob Foose
said. "In the meantime, MLS Players are
reporting to training camp, and preparations for the 2010 season will
The Fire will begin their preseason training schedule next week at an indoor training facility in McCook IL. The team will head to Phoenix -- where they will likely be joined by Collins John -- on Thursday.
Update -- The Fire has released more details regarding its preseason schedule. I've listed a few highlights after the jump.
Feb. 2 -- Fire begins training at McCook indoor facility
February 4: Team departs for Phoenix
February 5-18: Two-a-days on campus of Arizona State University
February 15: Friendly against Vancouver Whitecaps at Arizona State, 3:00 p.m. CDT
February 18: Leave Arizona for a brief stay in Chicago
February 21: Depart for Guadalajara, Mexico
February 22-March 4: Training at Club
Deportivo at Universidad de Guadalajara
February 25: Game TBD
March 3: Game TBD
March 4: Depart for Jackson, MS
March 5-12: Training at Freedom Ridge Park in
March 7: Friendly against FC Dallas in Ridgeland, MS. 3:00 p.m. CDT kick.
March 12: Travel to New Orleans, LA
March 13: Game TBD
March 14: Return to Chicago
I'm not sure if any of the practices in McCook will be open to the public, but I am working on finding out. When I do I'll pass the info along.