The Fire host Columbus next Wednesday in round 3 of the US Open Cup and if they manage to win that game they will host a Quarterfinal match at Toyota Park on June 26. US Soccer announced the draw results this afternoon. Should the Fire win against their rivals from Ohio they will face the winner of the Sporting KC/Orlando City SC game.
Chicago will be without Joel Lindpere this weekend due to an international call-up from Estonia but the visiting Timbers may be hit extremely hard. Portland could be missing goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, forward Ryan Johnson, defender Futty Danso, and midfielder Rodney Wallace.
July shopping list
Here's about as close to a complete compilation as you'll ever find for out-of-contract Euro based players. This site has compiled a list of players based in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga who will be available on free transfers come June 30. There are a few pretty attractive names on the list who would do well in MLS.
The Fire have launched a campaign that hopes to gather supporters, staff, sponsors, and players in an effort to grow the game locally. Each Friday before all remaining home games this season the club will host Fire Friday events at various Chicago establishments. Check out details here. The first event is this Friday at Cleo's (1935 W. Chicago Avenue) from 6 to 8pm.