Chicago Soccer Smolderings - 4/12

Fans of the Portland Timbers celebrate prior to their match in Colorado. Chicago will be the first club to experience the home atmosphere in Portland as the Timbers host the Fire on Thursday.

Call this the 'Get Ready for Portland' and the 'Last Call for Sounders/Fire' edition.  General team links are after the break too.  Forunately Patrick Nyarko should be good to go on Thursday despite that terrible challenge from Seattle's Servando Carrasco.

Chicago Team Notes

Comfort level high for coach and Fire - Chicago Tribune
In 2nd season, de los Cobos and team finally on same page

'Lucky' Nyarko looks to be ready Thursday - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
Patrick Nyarko expects to be ready for Portland following a vicious hit Saturday

Weekly Notes | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Fire make Portland debut; welcome Galaxy to Chicago 

Nyarko Injury Apparently Not Serious - Fire Confidential


Perkins intent on taking back Portland Timbers number one shirt -

Kenny Cooper, Jorge Perlaza hope to ignite scoring for Portland Timbers -

Jeld-Wen Field crews take care of feral cat colony while getting ready for the Portland Timbers -

Timbers Supporters Get Rare Chance To Sing National Anthem - From Our Editors -

Seattle vs. Chicago

SoccerAmerica - Kasey Keller saves first Seattle win 04/10/2011 

Seattle Sounders Post Match Analysis | Chicago Fire Blog 

Fire Fall to Seattle Sounders 2-1 - On Fire on Windy Citizen

Fire vs Sounders: All Goals and Highlights |

Fire winless vs. Seattle Chicago Sun-Times

Sounders 2 Fire 1 - Recap and Ratings - Fire Confidential

FC Polls - Man of the Match - Fire Confidential

Soccer By Ives: Sounders top Fire for first MLS win of 2011

The Seattle Sounders could certainly use a healthy Fredy Montero back in the starting XI. In the striker's absence, however, Mauro Rosales has quickly emerged as a credible threat with the ball. So much so, it would seem, that Coach Sigi Schmid might have a bit of a dilemma on his hands come later this week should Montero be deemed fit to play in Seattle's next match against Philadelphia. Rosales has played well enough in his past two games -- including Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire...


EXTRA TIME - Everyone's seeing red about red cards

Coaches and players all over Major League Soccer are seeing red, and the folks at the league headquarters should be too.

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