It’s a scheduled day off today for the Chicago Fire in Orlando. The team is resting, and will continue training on Friday and Saturday. Head Coach Raphael Wicky will now have his players practicing at 7 p.m. CT to help the team adjust to Sunday’s evening kickoff against the San Jose Earthquakes at the MLS is Back Tournament (7 p.m. CT, FS1, TUDN, TUDN 1200AM). Previously, the Fire were training in the morning ahead of the Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Seattle, which kicked off at 8 a.m. CT.
Wicky is scheduled to talk to reporters Friday afternoon, along with goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm and midfielder Álvaro Medrán. Follow @patrickmccraney and @HotTimeOldTown on Twitter for updates on what they say.
Drive-In Matchday at Soldier Field
A reminder the Fire are hosing a “Drive-In Matchday” for Sunday’s match, where fans can watch on big screens from their cars at Soldier Field’s Waldron Parking Deck. It’s free, but you have to register in advance if you want to go. There’s also a suggested $10 donation to the Chicago Fire Foundation.
MLS is Back Group B
After San Jose’s ridiculous, 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night, here’s how Group B looks right now:
- San Jose 4 pts (2 matches played)
- Chicago 3 pts (1 match played)
- Seattle 1 pt (2 matches played)
- Vancouver 0 pts (1 match played)
The top two automatically advance, so the Fire will lock up a spot in the knockout rounds with a win on Sunday against San Jose. The Fire finish the group stage with a match next Thursday morning against Vancouver (8 a.m. CT, ESPN).
Road to Soldier Field
Finally, there’s another new edition of the excellent “Road to Soldier Field” series due out today, so you won’t want to miss that.