Fire Friday

Without an actual game that matters this weekend I'll eschew the usual game preview today.  The Fire will play Legia Warsaw tomorrow at 6 pm for third place in the Sister Cities Tournament.  That game will be followed by the first place match between Paris Saint-Germain and Legia Warsaw. 

Paris Saint-Germain will be holding an open practice today at Toyota Park's practice field.  Practice is open to the public between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. 

 

Future Fire

The Fire is holding tryouts for their 2010/11 Academy teams at Toyota Park on May 24 and 25.  The tryout sessions will be held for players at the U18, U16, and U14 age levels.  Academy players that spend a minimum of two years in the Fire's developmental program are eligible to be signed directly by the Fire to an MLS contract.  The registration form can be found here.

Write The Future

Nike always comes up with incredibly cool football ads.  This one is no different.  Who else would feature Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Landon Donovan, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Homer Simpson in the same commercial?

World Cup Bracket Pool

If you're interested in joining the World Cup Bracket Pool, registration will be open up until June 11.  Just email me for the password to join the Fire Confidential pool.  fireconfidential@aol.com 

Links

USA Today has an interesting article on the impact of the World Cup on US soccer.

Fox has taken notice of soccer interest in the US and has bumped baseball for coverage of the UEFA Champions League match between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich tomorrow.

MLS

The Fire's next league opponent, FC Dallas lost to Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in Texas last night.  FC Dallas' manager Schellas Hyndman bemoaned the team's inability to finish and yanked forward Jeff Cunningham in the 63rd minute for the second consecutive match. 

If there is any doubt that a second New York team isn't a great idea, Don Garber should take notice that last night's match between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference drew a crowd of 11,940 at the beautiful new Red Bull Arena.  How about making sure that one team is successful in New York before adding a second one?

Weekend Predictions

Toronto 2 New England 0

Seattle 2 San Jose 1

Houston 2 DC 1

RSL 1 Chivas 1

KC 2 Crew 1

 

Filed under: 2010 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • This is the first year that Murdoch has had the US rights to the Champions League, so while everyone without FSC got screwed this year, at least everyone without ESPN can see the final. (First ever time on network)

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    Yes.....Fox even has a pre-game show planned with Curt Menefee, Bruce Arena, and Eric Wynalda.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    The Nike commercial was awesome. Thanks for linking.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    I am posting this a second time because of its importance.
    As most of us know Chicago has a very large Hispanic, Polish, and
    German Population.
    Those are the ethnic groups the Fire has to please to increase
    their attendance and thereby generate revenue that can be spent on obtaining future players whether home grown or foreign.
    Remember the Chicago Sting and the forty thousand plus crowds at
    Wrigley Field and Soldiers Field???
    Michael Ballack who is 34 years young and the captain of the German National team who just got injured is considered to
    be one of the best play making midfielders in the world.
    He is also a real leader and motivator on the playing field
    and in the Locker room and he also speaks English.
    He would make a much better fit and have more of a positive
    impact upon the Chicago Fire players and boosting attendance
    more so than Makelele or Gilley ever could.
    In the future we need to concentrate on Home grown players,
    and Mexican, Polish, and German players that's were the largest
    fan base is. There is no reason why our attendance in Chicago
    can't surpass Portland, Toronto and Philadelphia.
    The Chicago Fire needs to play better soccer by adding some
    players and maybe replacing the injury prone players, non producers
    and the Salvadorian players who haven't impressed anyone so far.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Man, I would give anything to see Ballack in a Fire shirt, but it doesn't seem too realistic. Ballack is bound for a Bundesliga team in the fall (assuming Chelsea do not offer him a new contract).

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    Unfortunately, Ballack is probably wishful thinking on our part.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    It makes sense from a business perspective to market your product towards the majority of your consumers. Sports it still business and the Fire are no exception. The team and MLS are still in a stage of growth where these factors matter in most markets. It doesn't mean that they're pandering or intentionally going out of their way just to sign Mexican, Polish, or German players. It's just something they realistically need to look at while weighing the potential on field and financial impact of a designated player.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Overall 33-23-8.
    My MLS Picks Week 9:
    New York over Columbus. Result: Loss. Columbus 3-1
    Los Angeles over FC Dallas. Result: Win. Los Angeles 1-0
    New England and Toronto FC (tie).
    Seattle over San Jose.
    Houston over DC United.
    Real Salt Lake over Chivas USA.
    Columbus over Kansas City.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Guillermo, Look at the money the MLS and Fire paid for Blanco.
    I personally like Blanco but he is Four Years older than Ballack
    and does not have the speed,strength and versatility nor the motivation and leadership skills on the field and Locker room that Michael Ballack has and he speaks English. Blanco and any of the French Players will cost a lot. Why not make Ballack an offer and see what happens.I know he likes Chicago.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Don't get me wrong....I would take Ballack over Blanco in a heart beat. I just don't think it's going to happen.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I love this Ballack guy. I would get him in a heart beat. This guy would be perfect to wear the Red and White. They need to get rid of guys like Thorrington, Pause, Mapp and Carr to get Ballack; McBride is on the downside. Here are my following DP I would consider: Ballack, Guily and Blanco. Don't forget Conde needs to be re-signed then go after the impact players from overseas.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Guys what is up with these Champaign dreams with Pabst beer money?! Shoo, we could bearly sign up a developmental player. The Fire has to work with what they got and trade players like Calen, Justin, Logan, Thorrington, Nyarko, Dykstra. Some of these guys have stepped up recently but my concern is there consistency. I love all our players but sometimes we have to be straight forward with ourselves. We as Fire fans never diss our former players. Guerrero never gets a boo when his name is announced or comes of the field. Were ever these guys may play in the future they will always be in our hearts for the bodily sacrifices they have made for us fans. Go Fire!!

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    The Fire just throw the game out. No disapline at all. What were they doing? !st half looked like pratice just kick and laught at each other. Come on guys anyone want to be serious for a second, just what was the plan. I know you want to give your players a shot but your at home and your fans come out to see you play so you give them crap...

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    my brother would like to play our w.c. pool...should he still get password from you?

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    or me?

  • In reply to bert:

    Bert,
    You can pass along the password. Just ask him to email me so I can try to keep track of who's who in the game.

  • In reply to bert:

    ok, tks

  • In reply to bert:

    Right on cue with my comments on focusing on the academies that I made yesterday, this comes out today about the open academy tryouts. Sadly, the registration ended at 5 pm today and I didn't see it until 5:45. Too bad. Ballack would be amazing, probably entering straight-on as the best player in the league spare Donovan. sadly, we aren't going to steal him from Moneybags FC, aka Chelsea. Try looking a little farther down the ladder. We could do with a Robbie Keane. Try getting Baky back. I'd love to see him in the Fire uniform. So when Ronaldhino comes to town, everybody be as hospitable as you can be, cheer him on, and tell him to play for us.

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