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.
Filed under: 2011 Post Season