COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 30: Andre Akpan #19 of the Colorado Rapids contests goalkeeper Jon Conway #1 of the Chicago Fire as he clears the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 30, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Manchester United vs.tickets are on-sale to the general public, interview with Chicago Fire Vice-President Emigdio Gamboa, midfielder Daniel Paladini at a local library, Fox's Soccer Night in America, and much more Fire and Chicago soccer related links after the break.
Chicago Fire vs. Manchester United Tickets
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that tickets are officially on-sale for the Chicago Fire - Manchester United match at Soldier Field and are available by calling 1-888-MLS-Fire, Chicago-Fire.com or via Ticketmaster. The Fire will take on the English Premier League leaders and UEFA Champions League Semifinalists at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT as part of the World Football Challenge.
News & Analysis
Friends and teammates paid their respects Sunday to Kabiru Adewunmi, the young Nigerian soccer player killed this past week.
Emigdio Gamboa: For the past couple of seasons we have made social media a focal point of fan interaction. Over the past two seasons we have developed and implemented a progressive Facebook and Twitter strategy that has seen our Facebook numbers go from 8,700 in Feb. 2010 to over 50,000 fans at present.
According to this article Toluca's Antonio Naelson, known as Sinha is once again expressing interest in MLS. This time he's named teams that he would entertain. The two cities mentioned are Houston and Chicago.
If you breathe Chicago Fire, then you owe it to yourself to take a deep drag on what I'll call the Fire Farm Team. Proof of its success is the Fire's "home grown" player, Victor Pineda, becoming the first player to go through "the player development system" and sign a contract with the club last year.
THOUGHTS ON THE FIRE: A new formation, four more changes to the lineup, but it produced just one point and completed a winless April for the Fire. The 4-1-4-1 formation employed by Carlos de los Cobos was to emphasize possession, but the Fire were somewhat fortunate to be ahead at halftime despite the Rapids having a 67-33 advantage in possession.
Midfielder Daniel Paladini will be reading books, posing for pictures, and signing autographs at 5:00 pm at 6423 W. 63rd Place today, Tuesday, May 3.
FOX Soccer is about to up the ante on its commitment to Major League Soccer. The country's premier soccer-only channel will debut its new "Soccer Night in America" telecast on Friday night, when theplay host to the Philadelphia Union (10 pm ET).
College Soccer News
CHICAGO - UIC Flames Athletics Night at Toyota Park will be held on Saturday, May 7, when the Chicago Fire hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:30 p.m. A portion of each ticket sold will directly support UIC Marketing, and its efforts to promote Flames' soccer; as well as former UIC soccer player Pat Grange, who is battling ALS.
Western Illinois Men's Soccer head coach Dr. Eric Johnson released the team's schedule for the upcoming 2011 season on Monday, May 2. The Fighting Leathernecks will play seven matches at home during the regular season while also hosting two exhibition matches in the month of August.
CHICAGO - Speed, athleticism and defensive integrity are the watchwords of the 2011 DePaul men's soccer recruiting class. "We are going after the dynamic soccer player who is ambitious enough to become a good BIG EAST player," said men's soccer coach Craig Blazer about his six incoming recruits. "We want guys who are prepared to bring the program back to the top of the Red Division and back to the BIG EAST final four."
Chicago Fire vs.Recaps
Two struggling teams in need of a victory each wound up with a draw as the Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 stalemate Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Two struggling teams played to a 1-1 draw in Colorado but the Fire probably feel good earning a point on the road. Despite losing the possesion battle yet again by a lopsided margin, 64-36 and allowing another lead to disappear the second half actually seemed to be an improvement in controlling the play for longer stretches of time.
Andre Akpan scored in the 49th minute for Colorado and the Rapids tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.
The Colorado Rapids aren't thrilled with the 1-1 result against the Chicago Fire, but it is a step in the right direction. As with any match ending in a tie, the Colorado Rapids and their fans left Dick's Sporting Goods Park filled with mixed emotions.
Two teams desperate for a win had to settle for less on Saturday night, as the Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw in front of 11,789 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The draw extends the Fire’s winless streak to five and completes a winless April for the club (0-3-2).
The Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, extending winless streaks for both teams.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Andre Akpan scored in the 49th minute for Colorado and the Rapids tied the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.