MLSSoccer.com has a great profile on Mundelein, IL native and University of Louisville alum Charlie Campbell. Campbell, like any good Midwestern soccer player, grew up a Chicago Fire fan. He even considers Patrick Nyarko and Baggio Husidic to be good friends. Now there is a twist in that fandom as FC Dallas selected Campbell with the 35th overall pick of the 2011 MLS Draft.
"I support my friends and grew up watching the Fire," he said. "I played club with [former Fire assistant] Dave Sarachan’s son, Ian. When Dave was the coach, we used to go to training up in Lake Forest with the Fire. We’d hang around the locker room with those guys. It was fun to follow the Fire growing up, but now I’m an FC Dallas fan."
That might be what he says on the outside, but come on, we all know it's hard to give this club up. Perhaps Campbell as somewhat of an enemy from within will finally help the Chicago Fire win back that elusive Brimstone Cup. If the Fire can't win the trophy in 2011, it will be ten consecutive times that the Dallas based MLS team has defeated the Fire in the season series. Campbell may have always wanted the Brimstone Cup to go to the Fire, now only by losing himself can it happen. Talk about a Catch 22.
While we certainly won't be rooting for Chris Campbell on March 19 @ 7:30 PM when FC Dallas takes on the Chicago Fire (or anytime the Fire face him), Hot Time In Old Town does congratulate him on being drafted and we wish another great Chicago soccer player a long and fruitful career. Here's to the fruitless Brimstone Cup streak being passed on to Campbell and coming off the Fire's shoulders.