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Chicago Fire vs. Forward Madison: Preseason Gameday Guide and How to Watch

The Fire host the Mingos in Bridgeview in the first friendly between the two clubs

Chicago Fire FC

The Chicago Fire are back at their former home today, SeatGeek Stadium, for a preseason friendly against USL League One side Forward Madison FC. It’s the first matchup between the clubs. The game kicks off at noon, and you can watch it at if you live within 75 miles of Soldier Field, or at if you’re watching within 75 miles of Breese Stevens Field.

The two sides have a close partnership—the Fire sent Alex Monis, Allan Rodriguez, and Chris Brady to Madison on loan last season, and new Forward coach Carl Craig joined the Fire in Florida this preseason, as did Mingos forward Michael Vang.

Defenders Mauricio Pineda and Francisco Calvo are back with the Fire after international duty. For Pineda, who was away with the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team, today should mark his first appearance of the season for the Fire.

Chicago Fire FC vs. Forward Madison FC

Preseason Match #5 | Wednesday, April 7 | SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, IL

Kickoff: noon CT

TV: none


Radio: none

Live Twitter Updates: @HotTimeOldTown

Chicago Fire FC Injuries

  • OUT: GK - Kenneth Kronholm (tore ACL last season/nearly recovered), Fabian Herbers (knee), Stanislav Ivanov (knee/out four months)

Next up for the Fire

Preseason Finale - April 10 - Chicago Fire FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps at SeatGeek Stadium (11:30 a.m. CT, streamed live at

Regular Season Opener - April 17 - Chicago Fire FC vs. New England Revolution at Soldier Field (7:30 p.m. CT - WGN-TV)