The 2012 Chicago Fire season is almost here. The 2012 Chicago Fire preseason starts on Wednesday if you count the players reporting for physicals as preseason. The team will start actually training in Ave Maria, Florida on January 20. Preseason scrimmages on the calendar include January 29 vs. D.C. United, February 1 vs. Florida Gulf Coast University, February 4 vs. Real Espana, February 25 vs. D.C. United, February 29 vs. Columbus Crew, and March 3 vs. Charleston Battery. The full list of dates, times, locations, and everything else currently public is after the break. Home opener at Toyota Park is 67 days and counting.
January 20-February 3: First Team trains in Ave Maria, Fla.
Sunday, January 29 - Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United - 1:00 p.m. CT - Florida Gulf Coast University
Wednesday, February 1 - Chicago Fire vs. Florida Gulf Coast University - 6:00 p.m. CT - Ave Maria University
February 3-5: First Team trains in New Orleans, La.
Saturday, February 4 - Chicago Fire vs. Real C.D. Espana (HON) - 5:00 p.m. CT - Tad Gormley Stadium
February 5: First Team returns to Chicago
February 8-18: First Team trains in Ventura, Calif.
February 18: First Team returns to Chicago
February 21-March 5: First Team trains in Charleston, S.C. as part of 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup
Saturday, February 25 - Chicago Fire vs. DC United - 4:00 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium
Wednesday, February 29 - Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew - 4:00 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium
Saturday, March 3 - Chicago Fire vs. Charleston Battery (USL) - 6:15 p.m. CT - Blackbaud Stadium
March 5: First Team returns to Chicago