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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 3/4

As the Carolina Challenge Cup nears we revisit the hottest Chicago Fire and other relevant links!

Some gems in this episode! Guess previous opening lineups, Opta statistics, Segares and the 3-5-2, Spring Training, Fire Academy, Croatian Report, and more...

Can you name the Chicago Fire Opening Day Lineups (1998-2010)?
Chicago Fire Opening Day Lineups Quiz. Can you guess all 143 names?

EXPO THIS WEEK  Illinois Youth Soccer hosts event Saturday
The largest gathering of the Illinois soccer community and the Midwest’s biggest soccer-specific expo will be held Saturday, March 5 at the Schaumburg Sports Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Rd. Schaumburg, IL. There is no cost for admission or parking. The event is runs from 9am – 4pm.

THE NUMBERS GAME  MLS, Opta partner for more statistics

Major League Soccer Friday announced a multi-year partnership with sports data company Opta, which will enhance MLS' data collection and display capabilities. Opta specializes in the collection and distribution of detailed performance data for soccer matches throughout Europe. 

Fire's Segares adjusts to new 3-5-2 scheme - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
Gonzalo Segares adjusts to a midfield role in the Fire's new 3-5-2 scheme.

MLS Nears its Own Rite of Spring | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
League moving closer to mirroring baseball's annual pilgrimage 

Fire Academy Travels To South Carolina | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Carolina Challenge Cup to host Fire, DC academies 

QuickFire | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Sean Johnson, Mike Banner and Gonzalo Segares answer QuickFire questions. No sandwiches or cereal... what does Mike Banner eat?!

Croatian Soccer Report on Marko Maric and Josip Mikulic.

Get To Know Marko Marić | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
VIDEO: Meet the newest member of the Chicago Fire

All In: Coaches Edition | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

PODCAST: Hyde, Jouaux check in from South Carolina 


Carolina Challenge Cup LIVE!
In conjunction with D.C. United, Toronto FC and tournament hosts Charleston Battery, we're pleased to let our fans back in Chicago and all over the world know that all six matches from the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup will be streamed LIVE and for FREE via First match vs. Toronto FC tomorrow at 4pm CST.