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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.