Weekly update: Preseason starts

Fire to face Whitecaps in friendly; Krol, Carr secured for 2010

FIRE PREPARE TO TAKE ON VANCOUVER WHITECAPS IN FIRST MATCH OF
2010


The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will play their first friendly of the
2010 preseason when they take on USSF Div 2's Vancouver Whitecaps on
Feb. 15, at 2:00 PM MST at Arizona State Soccer Stadium. Fire manager
Carlos de los Cobos will lead the "Men in Red" in his first match at the
Fire helm.

The Fire first touched down in Phoenix for the first leg of their
preseason tour on Thursday, Feb. 4. While in Phoenix the Fire will
train twice daily from Feb. 5-14 and Feb. 16-17 at Arizona State's Sun
Devil Stadium each morning and Arizona State's Soccer Stadium in the
afternoon.

After the Fire's initial preseason camp in Phoenix, the club returns to
Chicago on Thursday, Feb. 18 before departing for Guadalajara, Mexico
Feb. 21, for two weeks of training in the western-pacific region of
Mexico. While in the Guadalajara, the Fire will train at Club Deportivo
at the Universidad de Guadalajara from Feb. 22 - March 4.

FIRE CAMP OPENS IN PHOENIX

The Fire have taken the field for their first training session of
the 2010 preseason. A total of 36 players are participating in daily
fitness training, conditioning drills and small sided matches, focusing
on getting into form for the upcoming 2010 MLS season. For an inside
look into the Fire's preseason camp in Phoenix, AZ click here.

KRZYZSTOF KROL JOINS THE FIRE IN PHOENIX

Newly signed Polish defender Krzyzstof Krol joined the club in
Phoenix last Friday to begin training with his new teammates and get
accustomed to his new soccer home. The 23-year-old defender, who
previously spent time with the Real Madrid reserve system and
Jagiellonia Bialystok, is looking to follow in the footsteps of some
prestigious Eastern Europeans who have played with the Fire. Click
here
to read more.

CALEN CARR RE-SIGNS WITH FIRE FOR FIFTH SEASON

Calen Carr has re-signed with the Chicago Fire for his fifth season
with the club. In four seasons with the club, Carr has appeared in 68
games, starting 15, tallying six goals and three assists. The speedy
forward has produced goals when it counted for the Fire, including three
goals in the Fire's 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Championship campaign.
The University of California product has appeared in five MLS Cup
Playoff games, contributing two assists. Click
here
to read additional info on Carr.

BUSCH TO BE HONORED THURSDAY AT 22ND ANNUAL COMCAST SPORTSNET
AWARDS


Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch has been selected as an honoree for the
22nd Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards. The event honors one member
from the Chicago Fire, Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and
White Sox, as well as a Lifetime Achievement recipient and an
Inspirational Athlete-an individual who has overcome a physical
disability by excelling athletically. The awards dinner benefits the
March of Dimes and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet live on
Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. CT. Since 1987, the event has raised
more than $6 million to support the March of Dimes' mission to improve
the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and
infant mortality. Past honorees have included Ed Belfour, Bobby Hull,
Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, Scottie Pippen, Mark Prior, Mike
Singletary, Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, and many more.

FIRE UNVEIL 2010 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

The Fire are slated to appear in a total of 16 nationally televised
broadcasts throughout their 13th season of MLS play. For the third
consecutive year, every Fire game will be televised, either through
national or regional broadcasts, or on the MLS Direct Kick package. For
the first time in League and Club history, the Fire will play each of
the other 15 clubs once at home, once away for a balanced, 30-game
season. Please click
here
for the Fire's full MLS schedule.

2010 CHICAGO FIRE SEASON KICKOFF LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY
TICKETMASTER


The 2010 Chicago Fire Season Kickoff Luncheon presented by
Ticketmaster will be held Wednesday, March 24 at the Swissotel Chicago.
Don't miss the first opportunity of the season to meet the entire 2010
Chicago Fire team including our new head coach, Carlos de los Cobos. The
event will include a reception, lunch and silent auction, which
includes Fire and other sports memorabilia, gift certificates and much
more! Proceeds benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm
of the Chicago Fire. Click
here
to download the order form or call the Foundation at
708-496-6740 for more information.

2010 MLS SUPERDRAFT SELECTIONS FIGHT FOR FIRST TEAM SPOTS

A number of players are looking to impress de los Cobos in the first
week of preseason camp. Among those are the five players selected by
the Chicago Fire in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. With the first round pick
in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft the Fire selected Generation adidas
midfielder Corben Bone out of Wake Forest University. In addition to
Bone, the Fire added another midfield, two defenders and a goalkeeper.
With their second round pick (26th overall) the Fire selected hulking
central defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe out of the University of
Connecticut. Attacking midfielder Drew Yates (29th overall) joins the
club from the University of Maryland. Steven Kinney (45th overall), the
first player to be drafted out of Elon University started in all 78
games he appeared in during his during his four-year college career.
Rounding out the Fire's 2010 MLS SuperDraft class is Generation adidas
goalkeeper Sean Johnson (51st overall). The Lilburn, GA. product was one
of 20 players selected to the U.S. U-20 national team in 2009. Click
here
to read more on First Round Draft pick Corben Bone.

CHICAGO FIRE TO OPEN RED BULL ARENA

The Fire will open their 13th season in MLS with an Eastern
Conference match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, March 27 at
6:00 PM CT (ESPN). The First Kick game for both clubs will be the first
MLS match at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls state-of-the art soccer
specific stadium in Harrison, NJ.

OPENING NIGHT AT TOYOTA PARK

The Fire will play host to the San Jose Earthquakes for Opening
Night at TOYOTA PARK on Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 PM CT. In 2009 the
Fire went 1-0-1 against the Earthquakes. In the fourth match of the
season the Fire got goals from Marco Pappa, Brian McBride and Chris
Rolfe to come back from an early deficit and escape Buck Shaw Stadium
with a 3-3 draw. In the return fixture at TOYOTA PARK the Fire emerged
victorious when Fire forward Patrick Nyarko tallied a 82nd minute goal
to give the Fire a 1-0 advantage. In the 92nd minute Cuauhtémoc Blanco
put the game out of reach with a stoppage time goal to give the Fire a
2-0 victory.

Full Season Ticket packages are currently available and partial season
ticket packages will go on sale beginning Feb. 16. The Fire are
currently taking deposits and are available now by calling
1-888-MLS-FIRE or clicking on the TICKETS
link
. Single-game tickets for 2010 Fire matches at TOYOTA
PARK will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 1. For more
information, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE.