We are gathered here today in the fervent hope that the Chicago Fire, our Chicago Fire, can go all punk-rock on the corporate self-congratulations doubtless on hand at today's opening of Avaya Stadium in San Jose. We want graffiti four feet high, proclaiming in slashing, dripping letters: "BAD GUESTS." For those celebrants at this standing ovation, want some moments of shocked silence, followed by many more moments shrieking in disbelief and outrage. We want to ruin this party, and then we want to cheer as the camera finds our friends going bonkers in the corner.
The game is to be broadcast on Fox Sports 1, and is available online through Fox Soccer 2Go service. Here's our preview, and Fire Confidential's, and Center Line Soccer's, and mlssoccer.com's, and six grafs from the Trib.
The Fire start with the same shape as last week and the same starting XI - but with Michael Stephens and Harry Shipp flipped if the graphic is to be believed, with Stephens in the middle and Shipp on the right.
Presented by @UIHealth, here's the #cf97 Starting XI in the grand-opening match at Avaya Stadium... #SJvCHI https://t.co/2JdmG9zxqp— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) March 22, 2015
San Jose also opts for a carbon copy of last week's lineup, albeit with two new centerbacks due to suspension and injury.
Quakes starting XI: Bingham, Wynne, Goodson, Harden, Francis, Alashe, Koval, Perez Garcia, Nyassi, Wondolowski (c), Emeghara. #SJvCHI— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) March 22, 2015
It's our fervent hope that we can interact here - in the comments - during and immediately after the game; how is it feeling? What do we see?