Complete Fire/MLS schedule announced

MLS has published full schedules for every team. The Fire start the season at home on March 6 against New York City FC and head to Orlando the following week for a night of MLS SAP. They'll close the regular season on October 23 at Toronto FC. They'll also have a chance at getting off to a good start with five of their first seven matches at home in Toyota Park.

Patrick Nyarko and Chris Rolfe return to Toyota Park on April 30. Jeff Larentowicz and presumably Mike Magee visit on August 24.

The breakdown includes 16 Saturday matches, 7 on Sundays, 6 on Wednesdays, 4 on Fridays, and 1 on a Thursday night.

Date                                   Opponent

Sunday March 6             New York City FC

Friday March 11            @ Orlando City SC

Saturday Match 19        Columbus Crew SC

Saturday April 2            Philadelphia Union

Sunday April 10            @ New York City FC

Saturday April 16          Montreal Impact

Saturday April 30         DC United

Wednesday May 11      @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Saturday May 14           @ New England Revolution

Wednesday May 18     @ New York Red Bulls

Saturday May 21           Houston Dynamo

Saturday May 28          Portland Timbers

Saturday June 18         @ Colorado Rapids

Wednesday June 22    @ Philadelphia Union

Friday July 1                  San Jose Earthquakes

Saturday July 9            @ Toronto FC

Wednesday July 13     Sporting Kansas City

Saturday July 16          @ FC Dallas

Saturday July 23          @ New England Revolution

Sunday July 31            New York Red Bulls

Saturday August 6     @ Real Salt Lake

Sunday August 14      Orlando City SC

Saturday August 20  @ Montreal Impact

Wednesday August 24  Los Angeles Galaxy

Sunday August 27     @ DC United

Saturday September 3 Philadelphia Union

Saturday September 10 Toronto FC

Friday September 16     DC United

Friday September 23    @ New York City FC

Wednesday September 28  @Seattle Sounders FC

Saturday October 1         @ Columbus Crew SC

Thursday October 13      Columbus Crew SC

Sunday October 16         New England Revolution

Sunday October 23        @ Toronto FC

 

 

For start times and current TV information, click on the "Fire 2016 Schedule and Results" tab above.

Filed under: 2016 Pre Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • No home games in june. Given June is easily the best month from a weather perspective one of the 2 games in the month should have been scheduled to be at home.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    International break/Copa Centenario in June.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I get that, still with two games in the month, one should have been at home.

  • So still no news?

    Kinda sucks not having any Saturday night games during the summer.

  • Really bummed to see the Fire aren't traveling to Portland this year. Just add it to my plate of shitty MLS/Fire news.

    I thought this offseason was going to be all sorts of fun. So far it's been just an enormous turd.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Home games against the West are on alternating years. Since the Fire traveled to Portland last season, the Timbers visit Toyota Park this year.

    I can say that I highly recommend that trip if you can in 2017.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I live here now, which is why I'm bummed. My one chance to see 'em locally. I guess there's always Seattle, which I'd love to do. We'll see if it's worth it by the end of Sept.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Ah I see

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    They are playing in Portland in February - 21st and 24th... exhibition invitational or something. The official schedule says they're playing Vancouver the 21st and Minnesota United the 24th, but I read somewhere else that they were playing Bob Bradley's Norwegian team one of those dates. Maybe the invitational's schedule isn't finalized yet.

    And I feel your pain as a Seattle Fire fan (one of only a few).

  • In reply to madtown:

    Yes, they are playing preseason here, you are right. But it's not like the regular season, obviously.

    It is tough to live without fellow Fire brethren and sistren but life in PNW is pretty flippin' sweet otherwise.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Have been a "closet" Timbers fans for some time, simply because of the relationship the Portland fanbase and the Timbers have. Seeing a game at Jeld/Wen or Providence Park or whatever its called this year was on the bucket list. Had the opportunity to go last summer when we were on vacation to the Pacific Northwest and alas good fortune it was also a Fire game. A weeknight game of no consequence and sold out, paid a premium for tix months in advance with great seats near the field .Packed house, loud as hell and the chainsaw of Timber Joey could be barley heard, you could feel the stadium move when Timbers scored only goal in 1-0 win.
    See a game here, its like Lambeau , Wrigley or Fenway, its the MLS Mecca

  • Hearing the Fire are close to signing at least two veteran league free agents. 1 midfielder and 1 defender
    Also close on a pair of international centerbacks.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I could hug you right now Guillermo. Without your news and updates most Fire fans would be totally lost right now. Thanks bud!

  • In reply to Joe Brancato:

    simulated internet hugs are the best

  • And while we're speculating.....

    Javier Saviola is available on a free. He could be had at a decent rate.

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/saviola-quits-river-after/2410784.html

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Maybe a few years ago. Don't know how much he has left in the tank.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Agree with the sentiment but he might be worth a look if he's inexpensive.

  • Guys what is absolutely crazy is the lack of any sort of news or virtually anything from the The Fire. Without this wonderful blog there would be zero information about the team. I listen to podcasts teams like Vancouver and philly really talk about the team. The fire on the other hand have almost zero coming from the any source. Do they have a communications dept? Do they want the city of chicago to support them or is this one last shot by ah to ride the overall growth of the league and make himself some money? My business has tickets to almost all the chicago teams. People love the Hawks bulls Cubs you name it. When I try to suggest fire tickets to customers they look at me as if the team doesn't exist. I love the sport and enjoy how the league has grown but honestly it would be a great day if the league stepped in like Chivas and replaced this clown.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Since Crandall left and Doug Hicks took over there has definitely been a dive in news or content from them. It reminds me of almost a North Korean type media department.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I realize we don't have a team yet, but a couple write-ups by MLSsoccer.com and a few photos on social media does not constitute effective PR.

    The antsiness of everyone is getting tough to bear. Even I'm starting to get snarly.

  • 4 players all at once? ...i hope we're not rushing into anything

  • Fire also set to add Sacramento Republic GK Patrick McLain.

    He also played with Chivas USA in 2012-13.

  • As I watch the snow fall along with the temps i'm longing to watch some good soccer on a nice balmy summer nite -unfortunately i'm a Fire STH so at least it should be warm-can't believe the lack of info or for that matter ,urgency, on Fire's part.- now a positive note Found your blog a couple of years ago and really appreciate it thanks

  • In reply to Gino azzurri:

    Thanks Gino!

  • Statistical proof for what we always knew: the Fire are the worst evaluators of talent in MLS draft, which logically means worst evaluators of talent period. Can they blow even the 1st pick?
    http://analyticsfc.co.uk/2015/12/17/slim-pickings-analysis-of-the-2007-2014-mls-superdraft/

  • In reply to Celt:

    Incredibly flawed analysis by that author. He makes up a statistic called Career Efficiency, which is complete nonsense. Any knowledgeable fan can use the eye test to figure out whether a drafted player was any good.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    True. Their choices in DP's over several years tells the tale, even if we ignore their draft picks. I think the entire operation is Micky Mouse. Compare their web page to other MLS teams. Lots of commercial boiler plate and little news, or even the recent total lack of communication except vague talk of values.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Spot on. A team's DPs MUST be game-changers. The last time the Fire had a game-changer was when Blanco played here.

  • Rodriguez has brought a very closed operation to the Fire, in that he won't speak specifically about almost anything.

    On one hand, it's probably a good strategy after the Jones and Drogba debacles. On the other, perhaps more than any other in the league, this club needs to generate more interest. They need to do it to attract new fans and also keep the ones who have suffered for so many years engaged.

    Beyond that, I can't imagine this lack of news helps the club's ticketing department, which already has been rumored to be on a downward swing in season ticket sales. Never mind that they'll have to sell five home games before May, all while dealing with Chicago's unpredictable weather.

    Fans have every right to be frustrated.

  • In reply to seaside:

    Hear! Hear!

  • Oh and if you ordered season tickets already, apparently half the boxes come without cards! Mine did.

  • Time for open tryouts again? Lot's of Serbian players around Chicago. Maybe they can pull in a couple bruisers from the Odeum leagues to play CB.

  • Guys. Since it appears as if the chicago fire are closed I am going to suggest to the fire two trades. For silly allocation money I would sign Jack Mac from Columbus and perry kitchen from DC. Gilberto is the most brittle forward that I have ever seen. Jack Mac would be an excellent back up/ starter. Kitchen is one tough guy that could add experience to the midfield. I am pondering the center fullback and right fullback position.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Kitchen would be great, but word is he wants to go to Europe. DC offered him an almost DP deal and he turned them down, so it follows the Fire would need to not only trade DC for his MLS rights, but also give him a DP contract. The latter might be worth it, the former makes it almost certainly not.

    Jack Mac is a solid backup. I've always liked him fine, but I think his comp is pretty high for his production.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    McInerney is headed to his fourth team already. Seems Portland has acquired him from Columbus.

  • Guillermo, are you expecting a few moves to happen before the draft this week? Could those moves impact who we go with or is Yaro a lock? Is there any talk of trading the pick?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Yes. Expecting several moves to be announced before the draft. I don't think those will affect the first choice though.

    I've heard the usual speculation about trades but nothing solid to suggest they would trade that pick yet.

  • As we reported back in April.....Chicago NASL is on the way.

    Indy Eleven has hired a new President. Peter Wilt is stepping down to pursue an NASL team in Chicago with Club 9 Sports. Wilt will stay on as a consultant for the time being.

    http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=6c5dde90914c6c6761fac1795&id=3c0a18e8f9&e=%5BUNIQID

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    What happens first, Fire sign a new player or the Sting? ;)

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Ha!

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