You Can't Beat Soccer For X-Mas

Okay, so those new City of Chicago flag jerseys probably aren't going to become a reality anytime soon but if you're looking for Fire/soccer related X-mas gifts for that special footie addict in the family I'm here to throw out a few suggestions. 

The Fire will don new kits for the 2012 season, although those aren't available yet you can get a hint at what they might look like at the team's "Our City, Our Club" website.  You can purchase a "Holiday Pack"  however, which includes 4 tickets to the opening match and 4 scarves which follow the "Our City" color scheme.  Of course if you're already a season ticket holder there's no need to purchase those 4 tickets and therefore can't get the scarves without buying extra seats to opening day.  Pure marketing genius.

Soccer books are always a good bet and there are a few good ones out there.  This one titled "The Historical Dictionary of Soccer" is penned by Tom Dunmore. Yes, that Tom Dunmore.  Chairman of Section 8 Chicago.  It's a handy reference guide for just about anything soccer related although it's short on MLS/Fire entries. 

"Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate The World's Most Popular Sport" by the author of "Soccernomics", Simon Kuper is another good choice.  Kuper went in another direction after the meticulous analysis of Soccernomics but if you want some behind the scenes stuff on icons like Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, and Leo Messi this might be worth a look. 

Pre-Season Friendly Announced

In another bit of pre-season news the Fire announced today that they will face Honduran side Real Espana on February 4.  The match will take place at Ted Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Those of you looking for some substantial news to fill your holiday stockings may have to wait until after the first of the year before any of the big announcements (new kits, sponsor, signings, etc) are made.

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  • I think I've convinced the wife and ultimate decision maker that we should re-up the season tickets. Four seasons strong! Christmas came early! Now if only I can get that flag jersey or some cool hybrid of it, I will be in heaven! T-minus 81 days until First Kick (Stupid leap year making us wait a year), CAN'T WAIT!!!

    Just when I think I'm out they pull me back in!!!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    wait more next year*

  • Some further Fire X-Mas ideas....

    Ornament: http://www.etsy.com/listing/87084438/chicago-fire-mls-soccer-ornament

    Nutcrackers:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/86584683/chicago-fire-mls-soccer-nutcracker
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/86584560/chicago-fire-mls-soccer-nutcracker

  • More Fire Christmas ideas:

    Nutcracker:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/86584560/chicago-fire-mls-soccer-nutcracker

    Other Fire nutcrackers and ornaments in the shop as well.

  • are they waiting for the work visa of the jersey to clear in order to unveil them? like you said it would have been a good business move to get those out before christmas. are we going to have to go through another year of posada saying a sponsor is close kind of like this past year? if the front office had new years resolutions what would they be?
    1. get players that can help this team that actually win throughout an entire season.
    2. start marketing the team better, alot better.
    3. start have better communication with the customers.
    anybody else want to give it a shot.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    LOL....the jersey sponsor deal is close to done from what I understand. There should be an announcement some time in early/mid January. The finalization of the deal apparently held up the release of the new jerseys.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    4. to have Posada start his own blog to keep the fans up to date
    5. to provide a mission statement to the fans
    6. do a better job of domestic scouting
    7. not having to pay to get the team TV time by doing a better job raising the team's profile

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Those are good 'resolutions' though I think they do a decent job of domestic scouting...

    Whether its the trades made (Oduro, Gargan), the veteran signings (Gibbs, possibly Dube) or drafting players like Sean Johnson (who was a third or fourth round pick) and Jalil Anibaba, I'd say the domestic scouting side of things has actually been pretty good.

  • In reply to seaside:

    Agreed...domestic scouting hasn't been bad.

  • In reply to seaside:

    8. Never rest on your laurels

    They can always do better. There was a time when the Fire had several USMNT pool players at the same time.

    9. Set the bar higher, much higher.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I would argue having that many USMNT pool players on any MLS roster at one time will never happen again. The league was 10 or 12 teams back then, its 19 now. This isn't resting our laurels, this is just the reality of the situation.

    The LA Galaxy are probably the closest to that now and they don't have as many pool players as the Fire of the late 90's early 2000s had.

  • I've been thinking Amazon would be a perfect fit for jersey sponser, what with their release of the Kindle Fire.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    A technology sponsor wants to align itself with something that performs well and is not full of glitches... ;-)

  • MLS pre-season schedules to date.......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/content/mls-club-preseason-schedules

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