Complete Fire/MLS 2011 Schedule Announced....Finally

MLS has finally released the 2011 schedule with a whopping five weeks to go before First Kick.  Some highlights of the Fire's schedule include:

  • First Kick on Saturday March 19 at Dallas
  • Christening PGE Park in Portland on Thursday April 14
  • Christening the new stadium in Kansas City on Thursday June 9
  • Great Chicago Fire anniversary date will be held on Wednesday October 12 against FC Dallas (date was moved back due to Oct. 8 being an international fixture date)
  • 21 Saturday matches, 6 Sunday matches, 3 Thursday night ESPN2 matches, and 4 Wednesday matches

There are some lowlights as well.  The Fire travel to Columbus on Sunday June 12 - only 4 days after travelling to KC.  The Gold Cup group stage matches will coincidentally be played at Soldier Field on June 12. 

Here's the full Fire schedule:

# DATE OPPONENT VENUE HOME/AWAY TIME (CT)
1 Saturday, Mar 19  Dallas     Dallas     Away      7:30
2 Saturday, Mar 26 (TeleFutura)  Kansas City Chicago                 Home    3:00
3 Saturday, Apr 9                  Seattle   Seattle  Away     3:00        
4 Thursday, Apr 14 (ESPN2)  Portland Portland Away 10:00
5 Sunday, Apr 17 (TeleFutura) LA Galaxy Chicago                 Home 3:00
6 Saturday, Apr 23 Houston Chicago                 Home    7:30
7 Saturday, Apr 30 Colorado Colorado Away    8:00
8 Saturday, May 7 Vancouver Chicago                 Home    7:30
9 Saturday, May 14 (TSN2, TSN2)   Toronto Toronto Away      6:00
10 Saturday, May 21 (Galavision) Philadelphia Philadelphia Away      7:00
11 Saturday, May 28  San Jose Chicago    Home    7:30
12 Saturday, Jun 4  Seattle                  Chicago    Home    7:30
13 Thursday, Jun 9 (ESPN2)                Kansas City Kansas City Away      9:00
14 Sunday, Jun 12   Columbus Columbus Away      3:00
15 Saturday, Jun 18 New England      New England Away 6:30        
16 Wednesday, Jun 22         Real Salt Lake Chicago                 Home 7:30
17 Sunday, Jun 26 (ESPN)    New York Chicago                 Home    1:00
18 Saturday, Jul 2 (Galavision) Chivas    Chivas Away      9:00        
19 Saturday, Jul 9    LA Galaxy Los Angeles Away      9:30
20 Saturday, Jul 16  Portland Chicago                 Home    7:30        
21 Wednesday, Aug 3 Philadelphia Chicago                 Home 8:00
22 Sunday, Aug 7 (Galavision) Vancouver Vancouver Away 6:00        
23 Saturday, Aug 13  New York New York Away      6:30
24 Thursday, Aug 18 (ESPN2) DC           Chicago    Home    8:00
25 Sunday, Aug 21 Toronto Chicago    Home    6:00
26 Saturday, Aug 27 Colorado Chicago    Home    7:30
27 Saturday, Sep 10 San Jose San Jose Away 9:30
28 Saturday, Sep 17 (TeleFutura) Chivas    Chicago    Home    3:00
29 Sunday, Sep 25 New England Chicago    Home    3:00
30 Wednesday, Sep 28  Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake Away      8:00
31 Saturday, Oct 1 (TeleFutura) Houston Houston Away      3:00
32 Wednesday, Oct 12         Dallas     Chicago                 Home    7:30
33 Saturday, Oct 15  DC           DC Away 6:30
34 Saturday, Oct 22  Columbus Chicago                 Home   7:30        

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  • apparently the league doesn't like fans traveling.

  • 3 Saturday, Apr 9 Seattle Seattle Away 3:00
    4 Thursday, Apr 14 (ESPN2) Portland Portland Away 10:00

    This screws over anyone who already has booked for PDX on the 14th.

    9 Saturday, May 14 (TSN2, TSN2) Toronto Toronto Away 6:00
    10 Saturday, May 21 (Galavision) Philadelphia Philadelphia Away 7:00
    REALLY?! They do know we go to both of these, right?

    13 Thursday, Jun 9 (ESPN2) Kansas City Kansas City Away 9:00
    14 Sunday, Jun 12 Columbus Columbus Away 3:00

    This is unrealistic for the average fan to travel to both of our closest geographic rivals--but we have a plan that we're working on those who crave Fire in foreign places....

    22 Sunday, Aug 7 (Galavision) Vancouver Vancouver Away 6:00
    23 Saturday, Aug 13 New York New York Away 6:30
    Again, we like to go to the new stadiums.....and we like to go to New York (and see the game in NJ)..... That's a lot of air miles for those who can afford this jaunt..... holy S#!T!

    32 Wednesday, Oct 12 Dallas Chicago Home 7:30
    While I am VERY cross about this fixture, I am happy to say that we could, on the club's anniversary, get the Brimstone Cup back and melt it down once and for all.

    All and all, this schedule sucks for traveling fans of this club. I have no reservation in saying that it was somewhat intentional to attempt to decrease the amount of traveling support--there are reasons for this line of thought, but I will not discuss them here.

    Thanks a lot THE MLS for bolloxing up this schedule, you degenerate clowns.

    And yes, for the record, I do think I could do a better job--so MLS, if you want to put your money where your mouth is, my price is $55,000/year and I get to stay put in Chicago. Hire me.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Degenerate clowns....lol...you have a way with words.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Printable PDF version of the schedule.....

    http://ht.ly/3Ug9E

  • In reply to cesba:

    I noticed on that schedule, I don't see any games that are televised on CSN or My50 marked.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    There will be.....just not announced yet.

  • In reply to giaco:

    "All and all, this schedule sucks for traveling fans of this club. I have no reservation in saying that it was somewhat intentional to attempt to decrease the amount of traveling support--there are reasons for this line of thought, but I will not discuss them here."

    I'd be interested in hearing what those reason might be.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The reasons behind the way MLS did the Fire schedule may not be so sinister. Every year

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think the legnth it takes is pretty absurd in general over the past few years. however, this year due to the expired TV contract with FSC i can see why it would take longer as they try to finalize a deal with either FSC or Verses.. which there was a report of a one year deal being announced today, we will see. Even with that one year deal I think it will be the same next year as they will try to get another new deal.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I know he's old, but he's still in good shape and scored an unbelieveable "Olympico" off a corner kick to the left of the goal (facing the goal, to the left) with his left foot. I wouldn't mind seeing him in Fire Red thought I hope his family is safe no matter what he decides to do!

    http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/latinamerica/story/roberto-carlos-threatened-by-corinthians-fans-for-defeat

    Can't be worse than Nery!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Former LA Galaxy and FC Dallas forward Carlos Ruiz wants to come back and play in MLS. He left Aris due to the fact that the club acquired Nery CASH-tillo and he is not happy with them.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Looks like he's headed for Philly.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If Philly signs him, there will be 2 Carlos Ruiz's in Philadelphia (the soccer player and the Phillies starting catcher).

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Sun Times actually has a full page on the Fire today....

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/soccer/fire/3751925-417/fire-set-to-shift-training-camp-to-florida.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Can't wait to find out who will be the next no name player to be signed.
    According to S/T there may be several more

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    International striker #2 should be announced on Monday (another guess on my part) and I'd expect several more trialists to come through once they get to Florida.

  • In reply to cesba:

    reading MLS news is somewhat dispiriting. Good teams are still working to bring in players with decent careers, Taino in NYRB being the latest. The league looks stronger than ever before yet the Fire have signed Marginal players, a top draft pick and the Uraguay forward. They must be a million under cap yet here we are with camp opened and nothing. The Fire look amateurish and out of their depth. Some of the players cut from other camps look superior to Banner, Carr and other established Fire players. Even if the Fire gets lucky and half the squad have career seasons, the draft choices all come through and Peuerta turns out to be a real find, this off season has been pathetic and from my perspective, f...king annoying.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Looks like the Fire declined to participate in the lottery for Cody Arnoux. Teams involved are Columbus, Houston, Portland, Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Vancouver.

  • In reply to cesba:

    What could possibly explain this lack of interest in a forward wanted by better teams than the Fire? It cannot be the cap as we have tons of money available. What is going on?

  • In reply to Celt:

    He apparently had a microfacture in one leg that required surgery last November.

  • In reply to cesba:

    he will be fully fit in six weeks, according to reports, so doubt that could be the reason. it's baffling. have the Fire commented? And why the dearth of news from the Dome? It would be interesting to get reports on the new guys. I can read about everybody's training camps, except the Fire's.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Unfortunately, I couldn't make it to the dome this week but there has been a little bit more preseason coverage than in years past but that's not saying a whole lot.

  • In reply to cesba:

    MLS website has the Houston vs. FC Dallas preseason streaming live. Talk about desperation, Fox soccer has a website to watch the games live with a free trial since the league can't strike a deal with FSC.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Ever since 2008 when Klopas was appointed technical director the Fire have been going downhill. While I do respect his accomplishments as a player, he is just not cut out for his current position. It pains me to say it but in the front office, he reminds me too much of Alexi Lalas.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR -- You are the most patient of people. I guess you have to be with a group like us but your patience with Fire management almost qualifies you as a saint!! The longer that this soap opera of the unannounced foreign player goes on, the more likely it is that the FO has screwed something up royally. By now the paper work excuse is long past its expiration date, and it stinks. For good or ill, it's time that they came clean. This has become embarrassing!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Short,
    Player X is signed....the paper trail isn't something they really have much control over. It's annoying as all hell but they're supposedly waiting on clearance from the league to make the announcement. My sainthood on the other hand should clear paperwork any day now.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Why were other teams able to make their announcement before they received the ITC? For example Galaxy??

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Not sure what the big difference is with some signings. The Fire's story is that they're waiting on league approval for the announcement. If you'll notice Puerari's press release also included the phrase "will be added to the roster upon receipt of his ITC and P1 visa."

    It's possible the ITC and visa applications have been submitted but the contract may contain some language that the league is revising or changing since all player contracts are technically with the league itself. Either way, the Fire should be aware that it's frustrating their fan base and only making them look bad any way you cut it.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    To my suprise flipping thru the channels last night and WGN mentions the Fire. Someone it would seem from the FO send the last day of training and interview with Sean and Calen. Close to 1 minute of footage...

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    seems to me surfing soccer sites there is a lot more information available for other teams. seems most teams are playing matches already while the fire is running around in a bubble.

  • In reply to kaca:

    most teams aren't only returning like 12 players... i think its fine for the bubble to get people together

  • In reply to kaca:

    Guillermo, Llungberg, Mc Bride and Castillo were on Maximum cap so that is a million dollars. Thorrington and CJ Brown and Conde must add close to an other 1/2 million and that is ignoring Mapp's $200,000 plus. Where has this money gone as it clearly has not been spent on new players. As the league pays this money there is no savings for Hauptman or the team by being 1 1/2 million under the cap. Regardless of how much they pay the to be named forward there is over 1 million not accounted for. What is this about and has Klopas addressed this in any way. Am I missing something or is my math incorrect?

  • In reply to Celt:

    The contracts for unsigned players (rookies and trialists) haven't been determined yet, but they are going to be considerably under the salary cap number. It appears that there won't be any big names (Dp's)added until July. That same tactic backfired last year. Let's see what Klopas has in store as we get closer to first kick.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The salaries for the unsigned hardly matter as they are replacing players like Umanzor, Lowry and other players who have left the club. the big salaries of the players I have mentioned have not been replaced. if they signed 3 DP's before the season this would amount to 1.1 million of cap. In July half that. There is no hiding that Klopas is just not up to the job. IF the league didn't pay the salaries I would think this was to save money, but clearly that cannot be the reason. Mel Brook's The Producers comes to mind but there is no tax write off angles, so Occam's Razor applies: the simplest answer that covers all bases must be correct. They have some cojones pushing ticket sales with so few players, and marginal players at that, added to a very poor team. Color me pissed.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I am stunned that at this time of the year the public relations dept of the Fire is not going crazy. Baseball has not started, the Bears season is over and the indoor ( Bulls and Hawks) teams are in the pre-playoff mode. What is wrong with the Fire?

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Posada.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    The club released Nate Weiss, Graham Dugoni, Pedro Chicarelli, Leonardo, Matt Glaeser and Amadou Sanyang from camp as the club transitioned into phase two of preseason training. Joining the eight remaining trialists who participated in the Bridgeview sessions are Shane Clark, Gabriel Ferrari, Jordan Seabrook, Evan Schwarz, Joachim Bendu, Orr Barouch and two unnamed trialists. A total of 16 trialists, 20 signed players and three draft picks will spend the next 13 days working toward an Opening Day roster spot.

    Unnamed trialists? More paperwork? Of the named trialists, only Ferrari brings any experience to the table.

  • In reply to cesba:

    This is a classic case of insanity, doing the same things over and over again expecting different results...

  • In reply to Celt:

    Who didn't make the trip to Florida?

  • In reply to cesba:

    There is truth to the following statement that
    someone wrote on a Bathroom Stall Door.
    " No Job Is Complete Until The Paperwork Is Done"
    Maybe this is the type of paperwork The Fire Front
    Office Is Waiting On. LOL

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Comments like this one make waiting for international transfer certificates almost worth it.

  • In reply to cesba:

    This is a classic post, well done tiger

  • In reply to cesba:

    Real Salt Lake has won the Arnoux lottery after only have a 5.4% chance of winning.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Lucky break for Real Salt Lake

  • In reply to cesba:

    Actual Fire training story on NBC news tonight, complete with Calen Carr interview.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Interesting that it seems like less new from the Fire has resulted in more attention from the media.

  • In reply to cesba:

    As for the lack of signings, I can't imagine that they would be stupid enough to actually not sign any real players over the offseason after not making the playoffs. They have to be building up to something because it just doesn't make sense.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    They still have 3 international spots available so hopefully there's a plan there somewhere. We do know that waiting until July didn't work last season. That being said, I've heard good things about some of the lesser known guys like Paladini.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Good to hear about Paladini. You'd have to think with the plethora of trialists that at least someone would surprise.

    Yes, El Guapo taught me what the word plethora means. ;)

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Sting, Montreal have the first pick, and the drain of talent comment is oh so true. I' m waiting for Nyarko to be traded for cap relief or some such nonsense. perhaps it is best they don't trade within the league as this FO will be fleeced.

  • In reply to Celt:

    I think Nyarko's deal expires next season, so I probably don't have to worry about changing my banner again for at least a year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If Nyarko's deal is up next year they had best offer him an extension or we will have a Rolfe situation. they waited until his last year by which time he had better European offers. I know Rolfe wanted to test the waters but a good offer before his last season may well have kept him in the league. Poor shooting aside, Nyarko is a class above most MLS players and should represent a pay day of sorts, not a free to Europe.. I do not know why the Fire tries to lowball and save money when they seem incapable of spending the money they have under the cap. I'm afraid this Fo is incompetent, maybe even to the Lalas degree, and this off season has pretty much proven it to me. What happened to the Million dollars that used to go to mcbride, Conde, Castillo, Llungberg, Thorrington and CJ Brown. That has not been spent, or close to it.

  • In reply to Celt:

    I would certainly hope they're not holding back on spending cash due to the lack of a shirt sponsor. The Best Buy deal covered the salary cap number for three seasons.

    Don't forget that each player's contract is negotiated with the league itself so doling out raises is a bit more complicated than most sports. Dealing with Nyarko's deal now would be a wise move.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Perhaps Charmin can become the jersey sponsor for the Fire.
    It seems appropriate.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Would we have to wait until the paperwork to get done on that deal? ;)

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Maybe I was too hasty, actually the F.O. might not be potty trained as yet which could cause the delay in completing paperwork. In that case Pampers may be a more appropriate sponsor, if there would be some responsible adult around to put the Pampers on them.

  • In reply to Celt:

    The Fire will trade Nyarko to Montreal for the first Pick and allocation money they will spend on an unnamed international whose paperwork will take a year to clear then find the bench when his personality does not mesh with DLC who is still trying to figure out how to effectively change his tactics against MLS opposition he can not yet figure out because he is scouting to beat a third tier club team in the US open cup while recovering from jet lag from scouting the globe to find players that fit into his vision of attractive attacking soccer...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Lol! Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I certainly hope that's the Case.
    So far Posada has done "Nada"
    Or maybe Mr. Hauptman has woken up to the fact
    that the he is not the right guy in charge and
    Will bring Peter Wilt back. "Just hoping."

  • In reply to cesba:

    I have thought about the reasons why the Chicago Fire was such a flop last year and I have to start with the Coach. Its fair to say the most of the MLS successful coaches come with a US college coaching background. Some have come from over seas but the majority have a history of developing US talent. De Los Cabos has worked in Mexico and El Salvador. He did take a Mexican under 20 team to the semi finals of some tournament but thats it. His stint as the America coach ended after the first year. He probably was the first mistake made by Frankie last year. It would have been a good idea to find the best US college coach available to act as assistant coach for this years team but that did not happen. The coaching decision was mistake number one.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    I have to think his lack of familiarity with MLS played a part in his struggles last year. 2011 is make or break for DLC. His approach to training seems to be different this year so maybe he's learned a few things.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    While I am glad season ticket sales are going well, I wish the on field situation were better. The long pattern of talent exiting the team with inferior replacements coming in has been going on for at least five years. I find it curious that more people are paying for lower expectation. That will be brilliant news for next season. Not only are the Fire going to EARN the first pick in the draft next season, but in doing so will be able to sell every seat in the stadium as a season ticket next year if this model holds true. That is if the paperwork comes through on time...

  • In reply to cesba:

    My Mom saw an interview with Nyarko on the network news two nights ago. I actually almost posted about it because I was so shocked the local media actually gave the Fire some coverage!

    When in the world will a jersey sponsor be announced?! We are like, 5 weeks away.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    Yeah...it's almost shocking to see actual TV coverage. Pretty pathetic actually.

    I still have to believe that a jersey sponsor will come on board at some point although the clock is ticking....loudly.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I saw some coverage last week on Chicago Sports Net as well, with an interview of Segares. I was pretty shocked to see actual footage of the practice and an interview, here's hoping it's some sort of sign of things to come.

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