Riot Hosting Chicago Soccer Heritage Night

 

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For those who would like to revisit Chicago's long and distinguished soccer history the Chicago Riot are conducting Chicago Soccer Heritage Night this coming Sunday at the Odeum in Villa Park.  The list of local soccer luminaries is one of the most impressive I can recall, managing to gather members of the Fire, Sting, Power, Mustangs, Shoccers, Horizons, Red Stars, Cats, Vultures, Stingers, and Storm all under one roof.   

CJ Brown and Brian McBride will be on hand while former Sting Pato Margetic, Willy Roy, Bret Hall, Frantz Mathieu, Hayden Knight, Mark Simanton, Teddy Krafft, Rudy Glenn, Dave Huson, and Frank Klopas are also scheduled to attend.  Some of my best sports memories growing up are of the Sting and the old NASL so it's always good to see members of that organization still involved in the soccer scene locally. 

Oh, and there will be a soccer game as an added bonus - the Riot will take on long time indoor soccer mainstay Baltimore Blast. 

For more details and the full list of attendees click here

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  • Thank you, Guillermo
    That's great news I know most of those players personally.
    I plan on being there with my family.
    Peter Wilt has done so much for Soccer in Chicago.
    I wish Peter was still a part of the Chicago fire.
    I know with his involvement the Chicago fire would be further
    along in its fan base, securing a reputable sponsor than they
    are at this present time with their current front office staff.
    It would be great to have Peter wilt back with the Chicago fire.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Tiger, I'll second that. With Wilt in charge the Fire were always among the best in the league. Wilt was responsible for the stadium though he didnt seem to get much credit for that. Supposedly the Fire wanted a more business orientated Ceo but that could have been easily solved with the number 2 man, leaving Wilt to the soccer and fan aspect. I still think he should be brought back, perhaps after the current crew crash and burn.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

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  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Thank you, Celt.
    Andrew Hauptman and his Front Office Staff just have to look back
    and see what those who have replaced Peter Wilt have achieved since
    his departure. "The truth is very little in comparison to what Peter Wilt did for Soccer in Chicago and the Fan base.
    We all want the Fire to be successful and the Fans to turn out
    in numbers like they do in Seattle Washington and other places.
    This is why we need someone who truly understands Soccer and
    what attracts the fans to the sport to be in charge.
    Based on his past performance that would be Peter Wilt.

    did for Soccer in Chicago and the fans.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Interview with Stephen Kinney.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/kinney-sidelined-until-may-achilles-injury

    Confirms he's out til May.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Got my ticket for Sunday. Can't wait to meet "The Magnet"! He is all-time favorite Sting player.

    Dittos on the Peter Wilt stream. I'd add that he seems pretty familiar with the Chicago sports scene and is an all-around super nice guy to boot.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Brian McBride's soccer academy web site is up......

    http://www.mcbridesacademy.com/Home.aspx

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    From the Fire's Facebook page - when asked about the impending new player signings.....

    Again, signing international players takes time. There are visa, travel, ITC and other issues unique to signing internationals. We've been consistent in stressing these points so fans understand that these kinds of signings take longer. We have a few in the works, so stay tuned.

  • In reply to cesba:

    don't forget it took almost all of pre season before john signed. i just hope they will get some of these internationals in before its too late. and by that i mean to get them in so they can be ready for the season and we don't have to hear again the excuse of they are not match ready.

  • In reply to cesba:

    One new name hoping to catch on.........

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/41164/globetrotting-weiss-headed-to-chicago-on-trial.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Could be a decent pick up, probablymuch better than Banner, anyway.
    Still doesn't address the need of a quality ACM and at least one or two strikers
    who can score.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Hammer speaks.........

    http://www.whitecapsfc.com/news/2011/01/hamlett-im-excited-be-whitecaps-fc

  • In reply to cesba:

    Attractive, attacking soccer you say?.............

    http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/blog/_/name/bradley_jeff/id/6068661/the-myth-of-attractive-football

  • In reply to cesba:

    This is a good one, very funny. Here's hoping CDLC reads it!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sacir Hot signs as a homegrown player for Red Bulls, making 4 such players. FCDallas and Houston have 5 each, and others have several homegrown players as well, many of whom may start or be in the mix to start. What does this say about the Fire development program which has managed one 17 yr old who may not be ready to contribute? Houston is producing both Mexican and US under 20 players while Chicago, with a much bigger population, produces very little indeed.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Homegrown players is something I intend to cover with Klopas and Sunderland when the season gets going.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I may be wrong, but wasn't Perry Kitchens part of the Fire's youth program? Seems like the talent is there, we just need a better system for evaluating it with the ultimate goal of bringing it to the first team.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Perry Kitchen played last summer with the Fire PDL team. In order to be eligible for Homegrown Player status individuals have to spend at least one year within an organization's developmental program.
    They've done a pretty good job of identifying talent but alot have moved on after short stays.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think we might take a look at how many Fire academy products have gone into the draft or combine or 'free agency'--if we look at it that way, we could probably look at the numbers of players developed rather than worry about the number of homegrown signings we have (or have not). To me, that is more an indicator of the success of our academies perhaps more so than how many we can bring into the first team.

    It is not uncommon for teams the world around to produce amazing academy products, but not sign them to senior contracts immediately (if at all)--although, to be fair, the club does get a substantial fee (or portion of the wage packet) for that product.

  • In reply to giaco:

    I haven't looked at numbers or stats but I suspect that other MLS teams have probably had a comparable number of players come through their academy teams for short term stays that have moved on to college. Like I said above, they've done a pretty good job of identifying young talent but I think fans would take more comfort in knowing that the time and money spent in helping develop these players is benefiting the Fire more than the league.

    Eventually the Homegrown initiative is going to fuel each club's success and it's important that these players come up with and stay with the team through the academy program rather play short term and move on.

  • In reply to giaco:

    If the Fire had the rights to players like White, DC, Kassel and Hot, NYRB, Najar etc etc, they would pick them up. They obviously don't .

  • In reply to cesba:

    Speaking of heritage:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2011/01/dc_united_to_introduce_third_u.html

    I really hope the Fire uses this and the heritage night to bring back that 3rd jersey! There are many great things Peter Wilt gave to Chicago soccer but that 3rd jersey might be one of the more memorable ones.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Let's hope so. Sporting K.C. has signed Omar Bravo.
    Either the Fire are keeping a tight lid on things or
    the signings may not be significant. Usually, there
    are rumors on blogs about signings, but nothing
    in the last few days regarding the Fire, except for
    the bogus defender.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    In a shocking development, John Thorrington is not training yet in Vancouver due to a "minor" injury.......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/whitecaps-roundup-team-readies-preseason-foes

  • Nice article on Fire legend Chris Armas......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/what-ever-happened-chris-armas

  • Jason Herrick starts training.......

    http://ht.ly/3Lnk1

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