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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Friday, April 8, 2011

As usual there is a lot of soccer going on in Chicagoland.  Follow us after the break for a wide variety of videos and stories you might have missed during the week.  This edition includes Seattle vs. Chicago previews, profiles on Gonzalo Segares, Jalil Anibaba, Gaston Puerari and more.

Sounders FC Preview | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos and midfielder Patrick Nyarko preview their game against the Seattle Sounders.

Five things to watch for against Seattle | Chicago Fire Blog
After a break from MLS action, the Chicago Fire head to Seattle in search of their first ever win over the Sounders.

Preview: Sounders host Fire Saturday afternoon in Seattle - Seattle Soccer |
Still looking for a first win in 2011, Seattle Sounders FC return to Qwest Field for a matinee against the Chicago Fire. Sounders FC have gained a point from each of their last two games, last a 2-2 tie at the San Jose Earthquakes. The Fire are back in action after an off weekend, their last league game a 3-2 home win vs. Sporting Kansas City.

Seattle vs Chicago Head to Head Preview -

Toyota Park Today - 4/7 | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Paraskevas "Pari" Pantazopoulos discusses his recent signing with the Chicago Fire

A New Fitness Approach | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
"Mourinho always says that a pianist doesn't run around the piano or do a push-up with his finger tips to be the greatest pianist -- he plays a piano," Fire Strength and conditioning coach Tony Jouaux said. "That's the same for soccer."

Sitio de mejorar | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
El Chicago Fire realiza otra buena semana de trabajo mientras se prepara para encarar su tercer encuentro de la temporada. Este sábado el cuadro rojo viaja a Seattle para enfrentar a los Sounders buscando mantener el invicto.

Q&A with Evan Part One | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Jeff Crandall sits down with the former Fire player and now Chicago-based attorney Evan Whitfield to discuss his new role as the club’s Color Analyst, teaming with Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Kelly and Sideline Reporter Oscar Guzman on the Fire’s regional broadcasts this season.

Segares finally returning to form in Chicago | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
For Chicago Fire left back Gonzalo Segares, the road to regaining his form hasn’t been a smooth one.

Chicago Fire: "Slaughterhouse" Puerari's beautiful day -
I can just imagine the poster on Gaston "The Butcher" Puerari, the kid with the movie star looks, wearing a white butcher's apron, holding a cleaver, smiling because it's a beautiful day.

Fan reaction: Chicago Fire's Gabriel Ferrari is already injured - MLS - Yahoo! Sports
Although he recently joined the Chicago Fire, Gabriel Ferrari is already injured . He has a hip flexor strain. Ferrari officially became part of the team on March 24, and the latest injury report includes him.

All-In With Jalil Anibaba | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Crandall sits down with the Fire's rookie defender

Travels with Chuck MARCH EDITION - April 6, 2011
Check out the latest installment of "Travels with Chuck", behind the scenes photos from the view of two-time MLS Equipment Manager of the Year, Charles Raycroft. In this edition, Charles documents the team's time in Charleston, the road trip to Dallas, return to Chicago and time in Peoria ahead of last week's U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Match.

Soccer is focus of public charter school -
Tribune reporter Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah reports on a public charter school that will be focused around soccer and be located in Chicago.