Fire open 2015 season in Los Angeles

It may be another week or two before the full schedule is released but MLS announced home opening dates for every team this morning. The Fire will feature in the first match of the new season on March 6 as they visit the defending MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy. The game will be televised by UniMas as part of a new Friday night "game of the week" program on the network.

They'll open the home portion of the schedule the following weekend against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The match is set for Saturday, March 14 at Toyota Park. One week later they'll provide the competition for the opening of the San Jose Earthquakes' new Avaya Stadium on March 22.

The Fire opened the 2013 season in Los Angeles and were hammered 4-0 behind a hat trick by Mike Magee.

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  • Opening against the defending MLS champion and then getting to be the first opponent as another West Coast stadium is opened... Well, at least the weather should be good.

  • Probably one of the best times to play LA. They'll still be adjusting to the post Landon era and, hopefully, suffering some reigning champ hangover symptoms.

    Question: Is the stadium still Toyota Park? I thought the naming rights had expired.

  • In reply to Doug:

    I believe there are a couple of years left on the naming rights deal yet.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Who earns money from the naming rights? Bridgeview or the Fire?

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    The Fire are essentially tenants. The Fire get a cut but Bridgeview sees most of it.

  • And the Fire are helping open another new stadium. That seems to be our role in MLS.

  • I went to the game in LA 2 years ago. It was ugly. LA were without Landon because he was still recovering from his sabbatical to Thailand. Every time I looked up, Magee was shooting.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I hope you have deja vu all over again.

  • The David Accam signing is official. Yallop gets his man this time.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    How often do you see this: check out the fact sheets on Kennedy Igboananike and David Accam, and two lines are identical.

    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 154

    While I like both signings, I wonder about how these guys are going to do against MLS defenders. Don't know enough about the Allsvenskan to make a comparison. Accam in particular since in his highlights he seems to like shooting outside the box, not just scoring when he's been sent through on goal.

    At this point, I like what I'm seeing. I like the Chicago guys Gehrig and Stephens, and I think that Igboananike and Accam are the right kind of guys to go for as DPs - guys on their way up in their careers, who haven't already tasted youth national team time and faded from the view of their federations. I like that they see MLS as a step up from Sweden, and that they've spent time in a northern country before coming to Chicago.

    Now... CM and CB. Show me the stuff, #cf97.

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