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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - 5/27: Section 8 Buses Last Call, All-In w Jim Curtin, Academy, PDL, DiBernardos & More

Now that is some smolderings
Now that is some smolderings

The best stories of Chicago soccer in the past couple of days are after the break.  Victor Pineda scores in Portugal, Jeff Crandall goes All-In with Jim Curtin, the deadlines for the Section 8 buses to Columbus & Kansas City are coming up, Fire Academy and PDL stories all after the break.

Chicago Fire

Are YOU Going to KC?

Firehouse EAST - Fire Fan Takeover of Columbus, 2011 Version

The deadlines for joining the bus trips for the games versus Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew are rapidly approaching.  Now is your last chance to sign up.

Upcoming Events & Tickets - Chicago Fire PDL vs. River City Rovers

The Chicago Fire PDL team is playing Saturday, May 28th against the River City Rovers at Evanston Township High School.  You can get more information and purchase tickets at the link.

Fire U-15/16 comes alive after break, scores twice to snap Sockers FC's shutout streak Chicagoland Soccer

Fire U-15/16 caps six-point weekend with complete victory over FC Milwaukee - Chicagoland Soccer

After scoring just 2 goals in their last 5 games, the U-15/16 Chicago Fire Academy team exploded for 5 goals in 2 games this past weekend.  First the team defeated local rival Sockers FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan.  Next the team rolled over rivals to the north, FC Milwaukee.  Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan scored again and Jesus Medina in the other goal.  The two results were a big boost for the team who only had 15 points in 10 games before this weekend.  Now the U-15/16 is threatening to win their division as the season winds down.

Fire U-17/18 can't capitalize on chances, settles for scoreless draw with Sockers FC - Chicagoland Soccer

Fire U-17/18 beats FC Milwaukee to run unbeaten streak to six matches - Chicagoland Soccer

The U-17/18 squad has been playing better soccer as of late but they couldn't get three points out of Sockers FC and had to settle for a 0-0 draw.  The next day the team finished off the hapless FC Milwaukee 3-1.  Joey Calistri had a brace while Luis Medina scored the other goal.  The victory put the U-17/18s just three points out of first place in the Great Lakes Division.  The U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams play Indiana United Academy at the Toyota Park Practice Field this Sunday, May 29th with the U-17/18s kicking off at 9:00 AM and the U-15/16 game starting at 11:30 AM.

Fire's Pineda nets as US U-18s draw Netherlands 1-1 |

Chicago Fire Academy product Victor Pineda scored in the US-18s draw against the Netherlands U-18s in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday.  Pineda is one of the few players on the 30-man roster that hasn't made the bench just yet so it's great to see him being productive on the international stage.   

All-In With Jim Curtin | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Team writer Jeff Crandall does an excellent All-In with Chicago Fire legend Jim Curtin, Director of Ticket Sales Mike Ernst, and Robert Jonas who wears many hats for covering the San Jose Earthquakes.  In fact, you might recognize his name already...

Pappa's absence opens doors for Chicago reserves |

Sam Stejskal takes a brief look at Marco Pappa's absence and how it will affect the team.

Chicago Fire Juniors :: Youth Soccer

The Chicago Fire Juniors dominated almost every level of the High School Boys IL State Cup

2011 US Open Cup qualifying (PDL Central): Chicago Fire in firm command after Michigan loss in Cincinnati | - Full coverage of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

The Chicago Fire PDL team looks like a good bet to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup as well.  The game against the River City Rovers mentioned above actually counts as part of a U.S. Open Cup qualifier.  Check out the link for the full details.

YouTube - ‪Toyota Park Today - Orr Barouch‬‏

Leah Hendrickson checks in with Orr Barouch on 'Toyota Park Today'.


Chicago Fire vs. San Jose U.S. Open Cup

Highlight video including video of the penalty kicks

The goals Chicago got were not all that impressive but at least they went in.  Sean Johnson provided a horrendous rebound situation that looks familiar to earlier plays this season.  I hope he is ready but that goal does not provide a great deal of confidence.

Just in case you want to read even more recaps of the game, here they are.

CUP COMEBACK  Trailing 2-0, Fire win in PKs to advance

FINALLY A WIN  Fire qualify for Open Cup on pks

USOC: Fire edge Quakes in PKs, through to round of 16 |

U.S. Open Cup Qualifying: Chicago Fire Move Into Round Of 16 -

San Jose Earthquakes blow lead, lose to Chicago Fire on PKs - San Jose Mercury News

Fire win shootout, advance to Open Cup - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago

Fire edge Quakes in PKs | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Fire 3 Earthquakes 2 (PKs) - US Open Cup - Fire Confidential

Fire rallies for 5-4 penalty kick win -

USOC Do or Die | Chicago Fire Soccer Club (Preview)


Chicago Non-Fire Soccer

Neuqua Valley knocks off defending champs - YourSeason

The undefeated Neuqua Valley Wildcats (24-0) advance to today's Waubonsie Valley Sectional title game against Naperville North.

Naperville North defeats friends at Naperville Central -

Speaking of Naperville North, Orrin Schwarz does more than just write on the Chicago Fire.  Here's a good piece on a cross-town battle for playoff glory.

The Second Coming of Lubos Kubik | Des Moines Register Staff Blogs

Lubos Kubik's son is also named Lubos and also plays soccer.  There's a brief profile there.  I had no idea Kubik was living in Des Moines.

DiBernardos enjoy soccer success — Naperville news, photos and events —

Story about Angelo DiBernardo and his daughter Vanessa.  Angelo played with the New York Cosmos from 1978-1984.  His daughter will be playing for the Chicago Red Stars this summer.

Illiana Christian girls win soccer regional

High school soccer game where Illiana Christian crushed their opponent 7-0.

Copa de Chicago Champions are team Digitas - Windy City Wanderers

Digitas beat the undefeated Leo Burnett in to win in the season finale and take home the coveted Copa de Chicago.

UEFA Champions League Final Watch Party - Old Town Social Club

There will be Watch Parties all around Chicagoland for the  UEFA Champions League Final but this one fell on our radar.