Misc Thursday Fire Notes

June 20 Friendly

The Fire won't just be sitting around during the World Cup break.  They have announced a friendly against USSF Division 2 club NSC Minnesota Stars on July June 20.  The match will be played in Minnesota. 

The Fire and the USMNT

An interesting read from Peter Wilt on Pitch Invasion.  Eleven reasons this is the Chicago Fire's US World Cup Team.  Wilt details numerous ties between the Fire and the 2010 USMNT.

Academy Teams in Action

If you'd like to get a look at the Academy teams, the Fire's U17/18 and U15/16 squads will play on the Toyota Park practice pitch this weekend.  On Saturday the U18's take on Sockers FC at 8am and the U16' play at 10am.  On Sunday the U16's match up against FC Milwaukee at 11 am while the U18's take the field at 1 pm.

World Cup Bracket Pool

Speaking of the USMNT.  The World Cup starts a week from tomorrow.  If you'd like to join Fire Confidential's World Cup Bracket Pool email fireconfidential@aol.com for the password.

More nonsense from the local media

From a Sun Times article today.....Roe Conn shared this gem with his audience on WLS-890 AM recently. "Soccer's a huge sport here, but it's a huge sport of people who speak no English. You go to a Chicago Fire game, they built probably the best modern facility build for soccer in America [near] Chicago, Toyota Park, and it seats, what, 15, 17,000 people. It's constantly packed with people who go to see it. But it's like Ellis Island. There's everybody speaking a different language and there's a guy trying to change your name when you go to the hot dog stand."

At least he acknowledges going to Toyota Park. 


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  • Hey G.R. June 20 friendly play on July 20 I don't get it?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    oops...mistake on my part...corrected above.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Hey Gman tell Roe Roe to suck it Generation X style for me.
    Since when do the English not talk English? I thought its origins were from England.
    Now I know he is lying when he says the place was packed. Unless he went to the AC Milan game and he thought it was Ellis Island all over again. He is definitely a Strawberry Protein Shaker.

  • In reply to Janjo:

    Janjo's got two words for ya.......

  • In reply to Janjo:

    My mom is a huge Fan of Vonn's radio show. When I told her about this, she was surprised when she found out he had been to a soccer game. Guy needs to pull a John Cass and embrace. Don't hate, appreciate! I lke how the stadium is always kind of empty because it's like my own private team, not polluted on by the media and ruined by big crowds. No, it's cheaper tickets and dollar hot dog nights for me. BTW, I bought a souvenir cup on May 1st and I'm going to use it for every game until the end of the season.

  • In reply to Janjo:

    Let's call Roe Conn's comments what they are: racist xenophobia.

  • In reply to Janjo:

    Guillermo, I'm surprised you didn't mention the story on the Trib's website by Luis relating to the possibility of a match between the Fire & Club America at Wrigley.

    I don't understand why every damn sports team wants to play a game in Wrigley! Northwestern, the Hawks, now the Fire!!

    Wrigley is a pretty crummy place to watch a baseball game, let alone a futbol game.

    I guess the Sting did it years ago, but aside from the crumbling infrastructure, imagine being back in those lower-deck seats--your sight lines would be awful!

    One advantage for me, however: playing somewhere closer to my 'hood than Toyota Park. TP is a nice facility, but I'm still only likely to attend one or two games a year due to its location.

    I would think that an America-Fire game would do well at Soldier Field, as well.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Roti...see today's post. Two words....nostalgia and exposure. A Fire-America game at Wrigley would draw some media exposure just for the fact that the match would be played at Wrigley.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    While a tactless comment, I really strongly believe that the Fire, and MLS in general, is making/has made a giant mistake in trying to market the game heavily to Latinos. The MLS locations with the most successful attendance have almost no Latinos going to games compared with other less successful MLS franchises.

    Maybe I'm totally wrong, but I think by selling the game heavily to spanish speaking audiences, you are sending exactly the message that this radio guy was saying: that this IS a "foreigner" sport and not something that baseball fans could enjoy. I think if you tried to market the game more to sports fans, instead of just "latinos" the results would be much better. Just my 2 cents.

  • In reply to snkscore:

    I am unfamiliar with how the MLS advertises/markets itself, so I could be wrong--BUT my sense is that they do a pretty good job recognizing the reality that the US is a multicultural country (and becoming more so with each passing year).

    As a business venture they need to fill the seats. If the futbol-loving public is overwhelmingly Latino at this juncture, then it makes sense to market to that constituency.

    When you say that the most successful attendance-wise franchises have "almost no Latinos", doesn't that imply that their marketing is to a broader demographic than just Latinos?

    I have not been to an MLS game this year, but the last time I was at Toyota Park, my sense was that the crowd was primarily Anglo.

    Like I said, I don't really know what the MLS marketing strategy is, but my sense is that it might be a stretch to say that they are primarily looking to Latino audiences.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Well said.
    I think MLS does a pretty good job of marketing to multi-cultural consumers. I would venture to guess that Seattle and Philly have a pretty decent latino fan base but I don't have any factual data to back that up.
    I've heard that the Fire's data actually shows that 41% of people attending games are latino.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    When Roe tries to do his "muslim" accent he simply adopts his Indian Taxi Driver/Apoo from Simpsons voice and thinks it's funny. This guy is a poser clown that probably got picked on a lot as a kid. So, now he likes to play the role of bully.

  • In reply to snkscore:

    Are you patrolling the Arizona border?? Too much sun? Why latinos?
    The MLS in general targets the market of the city's community.
    I welcome your more detailed inflammatory examples, due to your very vague Trolling comments. Latinos don't need to be marketed to. Just say there is a field with two goals a ball and they are there, go to a CLASA match. It's become a part of their culture, just like every other Country's culture.
    Americans are not use to a continuos game. Point out a sport that is played continuously for 45 minutes with no timeouts or pauses to change players. Football, Baseball, Basketball? There are none.
    Please be more elaborate with your comments so I could validate your future points.
    One Love, go Fire

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