Good lord, let the lineups be announced, let the procession commence. Let the confetti cannons yelp in pneumatic ecstasy. Let us train our eyes, so very bleary and red-rimmed, on a more joyous spectacle: 22 men and a ball, finally. Finally.
The game is on somewhere near you - in one of the bars listed above, or on UniMas in your cable feed (in English with the use of SAP!), or on MLS Live through a variety of internet-connected applications. Broadcast begins at 9 p.m. CST, with kickoff soon thereafter.
It was just a bit more than four months ago that the Fire closed out 2014 with a 2-1 win over the equally moribund Houston Dynamo. Since then, few eulogies have been written for the worst season in Chicago Fire history. Meanwhile, the LA Galaxy have decided that their chariot has arrived, and it is time for them to ascend to the starry heavens:
Winning never gets old? Fascinating, Yoda.
So, here's the chance everyone dreams of, right? The defending champs, in their place, sold out, international audience - every half-interested football nerd with an internet connection in the entire world will catch a glimpse. It's the chance the Fire have sought for years - an opportunity to change the story in a stroke, merely by playing gorgeous football. All it's going to take is finding a way to give MLS' true dynasty a quick kick in the ego.
Who's up for it? Take it to the comments. Alternately, Ruben Tisch will be live-tweeting the game on the Hot Time twitter account (@hottimeoldtown) from his basement rehabilitation facility. DALE FIRE!