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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - 3/6

Chicago Soccer News from the last 24 hours!

This issue: Complete coverage of the Carolina Challenge Cup, Chicago Riot, and the Goal.com guidebook!

Carolina Challenge Cup

Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC - Player Ratings - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC Player Ratings in the first match of the Carolina Challenge Cup! Goal from Marco Pappa, Assisted by Davis Paul, Red Card for Logan Pause.

Fire Top TFC 1-0 In First CCC Match | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Pappa’s goal propels Fire to victory in Charleston

Winning - Fire 1 Toronto FC 0 - Fire Confidential

The Fire defeated Toronto FC 1-0 in the first match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Chicago controlled the play for the most part during the first thirty minutes before an uncharacteristic Logan Pause red card forced the team to play a man down for the remainder of the match. 

Shorthanded Fire pull off win over Toronto - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
Though it was not by design, the Chicago Fire's opening game of the eighth annual Carolina Challenge Cup against Toronto FC turned into a strong preseason test. Charlie Corr sums up the match and provides some great quotes from Davis Paul.

Soccer By Ives: Carolina Challenge Cup: Your Running Commentary
Three Eastern Conference MLS teams hoping for newfound success in 2011 take to the pitch in Charleston, S.C., as the Carolina Challenge Cup kicks off at Blackbaud Stadium. Charlie Davies has rejoined D.C. after going to France to collect his belongings and is available for selection for tonight's match, which will be streamed...

Charleston Metro - Pappa leads Fire to exhibition win over TFC
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Marco Pappa scored in the sixth minute Saturday as the Chicago Fire beat Toronto FC 1-0 in the opening game of the Carolina Challenge Cup exhibition soccer tournament.

Pappa leads Fire over Toronto FC in exhibition play
Marco Pappa scored in the sixth minute Saturday as the Chicago Fire beat Toronto FC 1-0 in the opening game of the Carolina Challenge Cup exhibition soccer tournament.

D.C. United beats Charleston Battery 2-1 in Cup opener - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports
The Carolina Challenge Cup continues on Wednesday evening as the Chicago Fire plays D.C. United at 5 PM followed by the Battery vs Toronto FC at 7:15 PM

Riot

SPOILER ALERT  Riot delays Blast’s run to regular season crown
For the second time this season, the Chicago Riot's Ante Cop scored a game-winning goal against the Baltimore Blast as Chicago earned an 11-9 overtime victory Friday at 1st Mariner Arena.

Chicago Riot Wraps Up 1st Season At Missouri On Sunday
The Chicago Riot faces the Missouri Comets for their 2010-2011 Major Indoor Soccer League season finale at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo. The match is available through a live webcast accessible through MISL.net, and Spanish-language radio at LaMaquinaDeportiva.com.

Other

"A STRONG GROUP"  Fire captain Pause "optimistic yet realistic" about 2011 season

The Chicago Fire ended the 2009 season just minutes away from a trip to MLS Cup. The Fire team that will step on the field for their 2011 opener will bear little resemblance to that team.

Goal.com Guidebook: The 2011 Chicago Fire - Goal.com
After falling just one game short of the MLS Cup final in three of the last four seasons, the Chicago Fire had quite a disappointing 2010 campaign. On top of missing the playoffs for just the second time in its 13 year history, the Fire also faced early exits in both the U.S. Open Cup and the SuperLiga. Mexican coach Carlos de los Cobos was just one of the many new faces at Toyota Park in 2010, as the Fire brought in players with European experience like Nery Castillo, Collins John, and Freddie Ljungberg in an attempt to fill the void left by Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe. Unfortunately for the Fire and its fans, the team could never win consistently throughout the season and will head into 2011 with a high demand for improvement.