Red Stars lose to Kansas City
The Red Stars got off to a rough start versus Kansas City when Amy Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 9th minute. Kansas City was on the front foot from the start as the Red Stars struggled with their second game in five days. The Red Stars didn't have many chances in the first half and made one substitution at half to try to change the game. The second half was much better with several chances but the Red Stars never were able to score and the game ended 1-0. The team is now 1-2-0.
In happier news, Julie Johnston and Christen Press were both called up to the USWNT camp.
Sounders close to launching USL Pro
In a move that has been coming for a long time, Seattle is getting closer to launching their own USL Pro side. It looks like the team will be announced soon and will be located around Seattle. This is a smart move for Seattle. There might be some news for the Fire in this area as it looks like St. Louis is getting a USL Pro team on Thursday which might have an affiliation with the Fire. We will be holding our breath hoping for this.
Toronto to host Tottenham
As a part of the Defoe deal, Toronto will host Tottenham on July 23rd. The Fire are scheduled to play Spurs on the 26th so this raises the fear that Tottenham's starters could play in Toronto and we would get the reserves.
U.S. Open Cup free streams!
U.S. Soccer announced that they will stream one game during each of the early rounds. This is a great way to grow exposure for the tournament and give everyone a chance to see some of the lower level teams. They also announced that the winner of the tournament will earn a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League which gives every time more incentive to take the competition seriously.
Chivas USA and Erick Torres
Wilmer Cabrera is hoping to keep Erick Torres for the rest of the season. He has scored six of Chivas' eight goals but his loan expires at the end of next month. It looks like his loan will be extended and that'll give the Chivas fans something to cheer about.
Fire's Throwback Game postponed
In order to accommodate former Sting players, the Fire have moved the Throwback Game back to August 30th with Chicago Soccer Heritage Night. This move is a great one, as it will allow former Sting players and founder Lee Stern to be in attendance.
Fire U-13's in Italy
The Fire U-13's are traveling to Italy to play in the prestigious Abano Youth Tournament. The Fire is the only non-European side in the 16-team field and is grouped with Bayer Leverkusen, Fiorentina and Atalanta. Other teams in the field include Juventus, A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Ajax and Benfica. It's great to see the club send the kids off to this tournament and will give the team the chance to compare itself versus some of the world's best.
Atletico defeat Chelsea, set up Madrid derby for UCL
Atletico Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in London to advance to the Champions League final versus Real Madrid. The Madrid Derby will take place in Lisbon. Chelsea opened up the scoring with a deflected finish from Fernando Torres but Atletico quickly responded through Adrian Lopez right before halftime. Madrid put the game away in the second half with goals from Diego Costa and Arda Turan in a game that they deserved to win. Atletico is a partner club of Fire so go Atletico!