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World Cup Night ad in today's RedEye

Tomorrow is WORLD CUP NIGHT presented by Best Buy as the Fire welcome defending MLS Cup Champions Real Salt Lake back to TOYOTA PARK for the first time since last year's Eastern Conference semifinal. Tickets are still available by calling (888) MLS-FIRE or through Chicago-Fire.com! 

As the World Cup comes to a
close, the Fire will celebrate the 19
th
 edition
of the World’s largest sporting event, when they host reigning MLS Cup
Champions Real Salt Lake on “World Cup Night” presented by Best Buy at TOYOTA
PARK on Thursday, July 8 at 8:30 PM CT (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes).

With only four days to
prepare, the Fire (4-4-5, 17 points) face another quick turnaround
entering Thursday’s tilt with Real Salt Lake (8-3-3, 27 points), having
never lost to the Claret-and-Cobalt at TOYOTA PARK in MLS regular season play,
going 3-0-2 in five meetings and 5-1-4 all-time. The Men in Red won’t soon
forget their penalty kick defeat to RSL in last year’s Eastern Conference final
in front of 21,723 boisterous fans at TOYOTA PARK.

 

 The Fire will commemorate
World Cup Night presented by Best Buy by giving away an autographed Giant
adidas World Cup Jabulani soccer ball signed by Brian McBride, Frank Klopas and
Carlos de los Cobos, the Fire’s three participants in previous World Cups. In
addition, several Giant adidas World Cup Jabulani soccer balls will be
presented to lucky fans and food from World Cup nations South Africa, Spain and
Germany will be served in the Fire’s Stadium Club.

 

For tickets and more
information on how to purchase ticket packages, please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE
(657-3473) or head to the club’s official website at
 www.Chicago-Fire.com.  

  

CHICAGO FIRE WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE: JULY 7 – JULY 11 

 

Chicago Fire players and
coaches will be made available to media at TOYOTA PARK (7000 S. Harlem Ave.,
Bridgeview, IL 60455) this Wednesday following training. Media will be able to
begin conducting interviews after training, which runs approximately two hours.

  

 - Wednesday, July 7Training 9:00 – 10:30 AM CT –
TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^

 - Thursday, July 8: CHICAGO FIRE vs. Real Salt Lake – TOYOTA PARK –
8:30 PM CT – ESPN2/ESPN DEPORTES
 

 - Friday, July 9OFF

 - Saturday, July 10: Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT –
TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – CLOSED TO MEDIA

 - Sunday, July 11: Training
9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – CLOSED TO MEDIA

*Training is open to the media. Fire players and coaches will be
made available immediately following training, which runs approximately two
hours.
 

^Training times are subject to change. Please contact Becky
Carroll at 312.350.5260, Brendan Hannan at 708.496.6725 or Franco Sui Yuan at
708.496.6744 for media requests.
 

 

CHICAGO FIRE vs. Real Salt Lake 


  • Marco
    Pappa will appear in his 50
    th
     match for the Fire on Thursday.
    The 22-year-old Guatemalan is having the best season of his young MLS
    career, tallying six goals and adding four assists in 13 games this
    season. 

  

  • Real
    Salt Lake enters Thursday’s match in second place in the Western
    Conference with 27 points, trailing LA Galaxy who lead the league with 36
    points.

  

  • The
    Fire’s only loss to Real Salt Lake in MLS regular season play came July 3,
    2006. Jeff Cunningham tallied a brace and Salt Lake benefitted from a
    Dasan Robinson own goal to defeat the Fire 3-1 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

 

  • In
    2009, the Fire won and tied the eventual MLS Cup Champs. Patrick Nyarko’s
    header gave the Fire a 1-0 result Aug. 1 at TOYOTA PARK. In the away leg,
    Jamison Olave scored to pull RSL level after Chris Rolfe scored to close
    out the first half on Sept. 12.

  

  • Real
    Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley returned to action following his time
    with the United States Men’s national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The
    speedy forward played 45 minutes and tallied a goal in RSL’s 5-0 victory
    over the New England Revolution last Friday.

  

  • Real
    Salt Lake enters Thursday’s match riding a nine game unbeaten streak
    (7-0-2).

2010 SUPERLIGA ON THE HORIZON


The Chicago Fire return to
this edition of SuperLiga after falling to Tigres UANL in the 2009 championship
match at TOYOTA PARK. Under the management of Mexican Head Coach Carlos de los
Cobos, the Fire will look to improve upon their runner up status as they face
off against Monarcas Morelia for the third time since 1998 and Pumas UNAM, who
are competing in their first SuperLiga to date. 

 

Fans can purchase tickets
via phone 888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or by visiting the club’s official website
 www.Chicago-Fire.com, or by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com.

 

SuperLiga 2010 Schedule* 

(All Times Central) / * Subject to change 

 

Wednesday, July 14

Chicago Fire vs. Monarcas
Morelia (TOYOTA PARK – Bridgeview, IL) - 8:30 PM

 

Saturday, July 17

Chicago Fire vs. New
England Revolution (TOYOTA PARK – Bridgeview, IL) - 6:00 PM

Monarcas Morelia vs. Pumas
UNAM (TOYOTA PARK – Bridgeview, IL) - 8:30 PM

 

Tuesday, July 20

Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM
(TOYOTA PARK – Bridgeview, IL) - 8:30 PM

  

MANCHESTER UNITED TO HOLD OPEN TRAINING AT TOYOTA PARK


Legendary English side Manchester
United will hold an open training session at TOYOTA PARK on Wednesday, July 14
at 4:00 PM CT. The”Red Devils” will train prior to the Chicago Fire’s opening
SuperLiga 2010 match against Monarcas Morelia, which kicks off at 8:30 PM CT at
TOYOTA PARK.

 

The only way to gain
admission to Manchester United’s open training is to hold a ticket to the Fire
– Morelia SuperLiga match that evening at TOYOTA PARK. Tickets for the Fire’s
opening SuperLiga match start at just $22 dollars. Fire Season Ticket Holders
and ten-game pack holders are eligible for a “buy one ticket, get one ticket”
offer compliments of the Fire. Group prices start at just $12 per ticket for
groups of 15 or more. For tickets please call 888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or by
visiting the club’s official website
 www.Chicago-Fire.com, or by visitingwww.Ticketmaster.com.

 

Led by Sir Alex Ferguson,
Manchester United is one of the most recognized clubs in the world, lifting a
total of 18 English Premier League titles, four Carling Cups, three European
Cups and a record 11 FA Cups. In 1999, United were the first team to win the
Treble (English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League) in one
season. Founded in 1878, the Red Devils have competed in the top division of
English soccer since 1938, with the exception of the 1974-1975 season. United
boasts a lineup full of international stars such as legendary midfielders Ryan
Giggs (Wales) and Paul Scholes (England), as well as Dimitar Berbatov
(Bulgaria) and Edwin van der Sar (Holland).

  

FIRE LAUNCH NEW SEASON TICKET DEPOSIT PROGRAM FOR 2011



The Fire launched a new season ticket deposit program
for 2011. Fans participating in the 2011 season ticket deposit program will
also have the ability to hand-select their 2011 seat location at a
Select-A-Seat event.

 

2011 program deposits are
only $100 per seat. Those who place deposits will receive an equal number of
complimentary seats to any 2010 Fire match. To place your deposit today click 
here or head to www.Chicago-Fire.com.

 

 Fans who make 2011 season
ticket deposits will also be eligible for several other offers for 2010,
including:

 

  • Lock
    in remaining 2010 ticket packages at current season ticket prices
  • Eight-month
    interest-free payment  program
  • Priority
    to purchase tickets for the 2010 playoffs
  • A
    Personal Fire Ticket Sales Representative

  

CHICAGO FIRE EDGED BY COLUMBUS CREW 2-1


The Chicago Fire had their
2-0-3 unbeaten streak ended by a Jason Garey header in the final moments of the
first half, capping a frantic four-minute interval that saw all three goals
scored in Columbus’ 2-1 victory over the Fire at Crew Stadium last Saturday
night.

 

The Fire (4-4-5, 17 points)
lost a step on the Eastern Conference leading Crew (8-2-3, 27 points),
 who
increased their lead over the fourth place Fire to 10 points. It was the Fire’s
first regular season loss to the Crew in Columbus since July 3, 2004,
previously going 4-0-4. 

 

After a back-and-forth
first half, the opening stanza finished with a flurry. Adam Moffat put the Crew
on the board in the 43
rd
 minute when he poked the
ball away from Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who had come off his line to
snare a weighted pass into the Fire’s area. Moffat collected the fumbled ball
and boomed his shot into the back of the empty net to give the Crew the lead.

 

Just a minute later, Baggio
Husidic sent a looping cross towards Patrick Nyarko at the back post. Crew
defender Frankie Hejduk, playing in his first match since May 20, attempted to
head the ball out of danger, but instead, placed his header past Crew ‘keeper
William Hesmer for an own goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the 44
th
 minute.

 

As the first half came to a
close, Guillermo Barros Schelotto played a sly give-and-go to Eddie Gaven who
strode into the Fire’s offensive third, the 23-year-old, eight-year veteran’s
cross found Garey, who was able to sneak between two Fire defenders and place
his header inside the right post.  

 

CHICAGO FIRE, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND THE HOME DEPOT SEARCH FOR
COMMUNITY MVPS
 

 

Fans throughout the League
will have an opportunity to nominate individuals who are committed to going
above and beyond in their communities. Winners will be selected based on their
efforts in one of the following areas: general community service; youth
programming; environmental sustainability; health and wellness; education;
military or civic service.

 

The Community MVP contest
is part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community Service Program – a collaborative
effort 
to
combine sport and service, promote goodwill within MLS markets and improve
lives and communities at the grassroots level. 
 

 

One (1) Community MVP will
be chosen to represent each MLS club. Winners will receive a $500 gift card
provided by The Home Depot, along with a trip to MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto
(round-trip coach airfare provided by American Airlines). Official MLS
merchandise will also be a part of the prize package. Nominations must be 500
words or less and can be submitted by visiting 
www.MLSsoccer.com/communitymvp.
The contest will be open until September 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM ET. Winners will
be announced on 
MLSsoccer.com and
recognized during halftime of MLS Cup 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto.

 

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