Fire to play Chivas de Guadalajara on preseason tour
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club embarks on the second leg of their 2010
preseason campaign when the club resumes training Monday in Guadalajara,
Mexico. The Fire will challenge 11-time Mexican Primera Division
champions Chivas de Guadalajara in a closed-door exhibition match on
Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12:30 PM CT as the build-up to the Fire's 2010 MLS
regular season continues.
The Fire kicked off the 2010 preseason with a productive two weeks in
Phoenix, AZ. The trip to Phoenix yielded victories over the Vancouver
Whitecaps, 4-1, and Arizona Sahuaros, 1-0, in their first exhibition
matches of the 2010 preseason campaign.
After two weeks of training and two matches in Phoenix, Fire head coach
Carlos de los Cobos trimmed the preseason roster from 36 players to 28.
De los Cobos will continue to evaluate talent in Mexico as he works
toward finalizing the Fire's 24-man roster by the March 1 MLS compliance
Of the 28 players on the Fire's updated preseason roster, Corben Bone,
Joao Baptista and Andrew Dykstra will all remain stateside while the
rest of the squad settles back into two-a-days in Guadalajara. Bone, the
Fire's number one pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, suffered a right
knee contusion (bone bruise) during a collision early in the Fire's
exhibition match against the Vancouver Whitecaps last Monday. He will
remain in Chicago to receive physical therapy and his progress will be
monitored day-to-day before he returns to the team. Dykstra has left
rotator cuff tendinitis. The second-year goalkeeper out of Virginia
Commonwealth University will remain in Chicago for physical training and
is expected to return to training shortly. Cape Verdean midfielder Joao
Baptista, who is on trial with the club, will remain in Boston due to
visa issues and will meet the team in Jackson, MS for the third leg of
the Fire's 2010 preseason tour.
While in Mexico, the "Men in Red" will utilize the facilities of Club
Deportivo at the Universidad de Guadalajara from Feb. 21 to March 4. In
addition to the friendly match with Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara,
the Fire will play a second exhibition while in Mexico on Wednesday,
March 3 against an opponent to be named at a later date.
The closed-door exhibition against Chivas will give the Fire an
opportunity to play one of Mexico's best teams. Chivas has won its first
seven matches at the beginning of the Clausura season -- a club record.
Following the Fire's two-week camp in Guadalajara the team will depart
to Jackson, MS for a week of training in suburban Ridgeland, MS. The
Fire will play their fourth exhibition match of the preseason when they
face off against Brimstone Cup rival FC Dallas at M&F Bank Stadium
on Sunday, March 7, at 3:00 PM CT.