The Fire will open the 2011 season by travelling to Frisco, Texas to face FC Dallas in the first Brimstone Cup match of the new year. The opening game on March 19 will be followed by the home opener one week later against Sporting Kansas City (still hard to get used to that) in an afternoon game at Toyota Park.
The Fire also announced that the team will help christen two new soccer specific stadiums in Portland and Kansas City. PGE Park opens up to MLS play on Thursday night April 14 while the former Wizards open the Kansas City Soccer Stadium on June 9, also a Thursday. For those interested in travelling support at Fire matches, both of those games sound like fantastic trips.
Here is the remainder of the MLS First Kick 2011 schedule. The Fire's first home game will actually take place more than a week before the Cubs and Sox home openers. Interestingly enough the White Sox seem to have purchased Fire season tickets since their new 2011 advertising campaign features the slogan "All In".
Cory Gibbs is All In
Here's Cory Gibbs first interview as a member of the Chicago Fire in Jeff Crandall's All In podcast.
Jersey Sponsor Poll
First they had the Protectionator now they've got the Sponsorinator. Hot Time In Old Town has created a wish list of possible jersey sponsors along with a reader poll.
US Soccer is set to announce the training roster for January's match against Chile. All indications are that Bob Bradley is going with a young squad for this match so Sean Johnson should get some serious consideration in goal. The official announcement will be made at noon tomorrow.