UPDATE (1/30): The Fire released a teaser video showing snippets of the new home jersey, and it’s definitely blue with red trim.
It looks like the “Men in Red” might live on. According to the typically reliable Footy Headlines, the Chicago Fire 2020 home shirt will be scarlet—which is red with a slight orange tinge, kind of like the red on the scarf Raphael Wicky was holding at media day this week. If it doesn’t leak ahead of time, we’ll find out for sure when all MLS jerseys are revealed in New York on February 5.
Other news and notes from the Chicago Fire this week:
Johan Kappelhof is the Fire’s longest-tenured player, but he said this year is different, for sure.
“Four years now, and it feels like being at a new team, a new club, with a new logo, a new staff, new players, a lot of new players,“ Kappelhof said.
For Kappelhof, it’s so far, so good with Wicky.
“I can see he has clear vision, he has clear principles he wants to bring to the team,” Kappelhof said. “And, I think he’s a really soccer minded guy. I can see the passion he has in soccer, so that’s good.”
But, after spending a lot of time at outside back last season, Kappelhof is hoping to shift back to his preferred role in the middle of the defense under Wicky.
“I see myself as a central defender, of course. I’m a central defender. At the end of the day, I will play where the team needs me, man. But I will tell him that I prefer to play central, of course,” Kappelhof said.
STILL GOING STRONG
Jonathan Bornstein may be 35-years-old, but the left back has no interest in retirement.
“If it were up to me, I would love to play until I’m 40,” Bornstein said. “Not many [field] players have played until they were 40 in the entire world. That would be my goal.
“I try to take it day by day, Come in every day, train hard, work hard, be an example for the younger players, show them if I’m working harder than them at 35, then there should be something wrong.”
The Fire have the day off Saturday, before traveling to Tampa, Fla. on Sunday. The team will spend 12 days in Florida. They face Philadelphia Union next Saturday, February 1 in their first preseason match.