The Weekly

Fire sign Nery Castillo, close out SuperLiga

The Fire play their third
and final match of SuperLiga 2010 when they host Pumas UNAM at TOYOTA PARK this
Tuesday, July 20 at 8:30 PM CT (Galavision). It is the first-ever meeting
between the Fire and the Mexican Primera Division side.

Both clubs enter Tuesday’s
match looking for their first victory in this year’s tournament. In Saturday’s
doubleheader, the Fire were defeated by a 77th minute strike from New England
Revolution forward Marko Perovic, while Pumas rallied to score two second-half
goals to tie Monarcas Morelia 2-2 in an exciting back-and-forth match.

The 2010 edition of
SuperLiga has been drastically different than the Fire’s first foray into the
international tournament, one in which they lost on penalty kicks to Tigres
UNAL in front of a sold out crowd at TOYOTA PARK in the SuperLiga 2009 final.
After falling to Monarcas Morelia 5-1 and the New England Revolution 1-0 in the
first two Group B matches, the Fire have been mathematically eliminated from
advancing to the SuperLiga semifinals.

For live updates, news,
photos and insight from 2010 SuperLiga head to www.Chicago-Fire.com or www.SuperLiga2010.com.

CHICAGO FIRE WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE: JULY 20 – JULY 25

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

Tuesday, July 20: CHICAGO FIRE vs. Pumas UNAM – TOYOTA PARK – 8:30
PM CT – Galavision

Wednesday, July 21: Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA
PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^

Thursday, July 22: Training
9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^

Friday, July 23Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT –
TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^

Saturday, July 24: OFF

Sunday, July 25: OFF

*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. Pumas UNAM

  • Pumas
    bring a powerful mix of young and experienced players, which include
    midfielder Israel Castro and the legendary international forward Francisco
    “Paco” Palencia, who played for Chivas USA in
    2005-2006.    

 

  • The
    Mexico City side finished fourth in the Bicentenario 2010.

 

  • Fire
    rookie Steven Kinney opened his MLS account during SuperLiga 2010,
    tallying a 49th minute goal in the Fire’s 5-1 defeat to Monarcas Morelia.

 

  • In
    Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution, Fire Head Coach
    Carlos de los Cobos started all four Fire rookies for the first time this
    season.

CHICAGO FIRE ANNOUNCE MEXICAN FORWARD NERY CASTILLO AS NEW
DESIGNATED PLAYER

The Chicago Fire Soccer
Club announced Saturday that 26-year-old Mexican forward Nery Castillo will
join the team as a Designated Player. Castillo will become available for
selection for the Fire upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International
Transfer Certificate (ITC). Castillo’s first match with the Men in Red is
expected to be on the road against the LA Galaxy on Sunday, August 1. Castillo
will be on loan to the Fire from Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), with the Fire
holding an option to complete a permanent transfer. Per Major League Soccer and
club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Fire revealed its
decision to add Castillo Saturday night in front of 16,117 fans at TOYOTA PARK
after the club’s SuperLiga match against the New England Revolution. Castillo
will arrive in Chicago next week and conduct a press conference, the time and
location of which will be finalized soon.

“Nery is a young,
competitive player who will be a dynamic force on the pitch and we are very
excited that he has decided to make the Chicago Fire his new home,” said Fire
Technical Director Frank Klopas. “He understands the tradition, honor and
passion that comes with wearing the Fire badge and is committed to leading our
team towards another championship.”

A native from San Luis
Potosí, Mexico, Castillo has represented the Mexican men’s National Team 21
times since 2007, scoring a total of six goals. Known for his nifty left foot
and creative talent, Castillo made his international debut with El Tri on June
2, 2007 against Iran, and he opened his international account when he scored
the winning goal against Cuba during the team’s opening match for the 2007
CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 8, 2007. His performance led the team to the
tournament’s final, where Mexico fell to the United States, 2-1.

CHICAGO FIRE TEAMMATES MARCO PAPPA AND WILMAN CONDE SELECTED TO
MLS ALL-STAR TEAM

Chicago Fire teammates
Marco Pappa and Wilman Conde have been named to the 2010 MLS All-Star Team.
Pappa was selected last week as a member of the MLS First XI and Conde was
selected today by MLS All-Star head coach Bruce Arena of the LA Galaxy to
bolster the 23-man gameday roster. The MLS All-Stars take on Manchester United
in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 28, 2010 at Reliant Stadium in Houston,
Texas (7:30 PM CT, ESPN2, TeleFutura).

2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster:

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)*, Nick Rimando (Real
Salt Lake) &

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)*, Chad Marshall (Columbus
Crew) *, Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)*, Jonathan Bornstein(Chivas
USA) &Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) &Wilman
Conde
 (Chicago Fire) &, Kevin
Alston
 (New England Revolution) &.

Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) *, Marco
Pappa 
(Chicago Fire)*
 Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
*, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew) *, Sebastien
Le Toux
 (Philadelphia Union) &David
Ferreira
 (FC Dallas) &Brad
Davis
 (Houston Dynamo)&Shalrie Joseph (New
England Revolution) &Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado
Rapids) &.

Forwards: Edson Buddle (LA
Galaxy) *, Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) *, Juan Pablo Angel (New
York Red Bulls) &Brian Ching(Houston
Dynamo) +Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) +

UnavailableKyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)

* Denotes selection to
First XI Team

+ Denotes a Commissioner’s Selection

& Denotes Coach’s
Selection

Online fan balloting
comprising 25 percent of the combined First XI vote, with MLS coaches and GMs
(25 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent) accounting for the
remainder. Players and coaches/general managers could not register votes for
players on their own teams.

CHICAGO FIRE U16 ACADEMY WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Chicago Fire U16
Academy team won the 2010 U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy National
Championship Friday night, defeating Cal Odyssey 5-3 on penalty kicks after
playing to a 1-1 regulation time draw at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

The Fire Academy squad was
welcomed back to TOYOTA PARK by the entire Fire staff and members of the Fire
first team. With the victory, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club becomes the first
MLS team to see its Academy team win a national championship since the
Development Academy’s inception in 2007.

With Fire owner Andrew
Hauptman in attendance, the team absorbed some initial pressure from Cal
Odyssey, though the Fire were first on the score board in the 20th minute.
Victor Pineda’s corner kick from the right found a streaking Luis Medina from
the opposite side. Medina hit a first-time volley past Odyssey goalkeeper Matt
Dishno to put the Fire ahead 1-0. 

Cal Odyssey looked the
better side for much of the match and responded in the 56th minute
when captain Villyan Bijev laid off a pass for his striker partner Gregory
Antongnoli, who slotted a shot  past Fire goalkeeper Robert Euler to level
the match, with the goal eventually leading to extra time.

The Fire shot first,
sending Victor Pineda to the spot. Despite Dishno going to the correct side,
Pineda’s sniping shot to the right side netting put the Fire ahead 1-0. Cal
goal scorer Antongnoli stepped up for the first Odyssey shot, and his effort to
the right was initially blocked by Euler—but the powerful effort spun over the
goal line to level the shootout tiebreaker.

Substitute Henrik Egly,
brought on in the 108th minute with penalties in mind, made good on Head Coach
Larry Sunderland’s confidence, finishing to the right back post. Jon-Paul
Medina then walked up for Odyssey, and it was here that Euler gave his team the
advantage, diving to the left and palming away Medina’s shot. 


After both Luis Medina and Eduardo Cuautle for the Fire and Flores and Bijev
for Odyssey traded goals, midfielder Andrew Conner stepped up and powered the
winning kick inside the left post to give the Fire the 2010 USSF Development
Academy National Championship.

CHICAGO FIRE UPENDED BY THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1-0 IN
SUPERLIGA ACTION

 New England forward Marko
Perovic’s 77th minute goal proved the difference as the Fire were defeated by the
New England Revolution 1-0 in SuperLiga Group B play at TOYOTA PARK this past
Saturday night.

The Fire (0-2-0, 0 points)
owned possession for the majority of the match, but were undone when Perovic
snagged a late goal to give the Revs (2-0-0, 6 points) a place in the SuperLiga
semifinals. The 1-0 loss, coupled with the Monarcas Morelia – Pumas UNAM 2-2
draw, mathematically eliminated the Fire from advancing in SuperLiga
play. 

In the 77th minute,
Revs midfielder Kheli Dube deflected the ball away from Fire defender Kwame
Watson-Siriboe where it fell to Perovic who fired a low-driven shot inside of
the right post past Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson to give the Revs a 1-0 lead they
would never relinquish.  

CHICAGO FIRE FORWARD BRIAN MCBRIDE TO VISIT CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL
HOSPITAL

Chicago Fire Forward Brian
McBride, in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Foundation, will visit Children's
Memorial Hospital on Thursday, July 22 at 2:30 PM CT to help spread joy to its
patients. During his visit, the Fire forward will donate a large World Cup
Jabulani soccer ball and present the hospital a check on behalf of the Chicago
Fire Foundation.

Since 1882, Children’s
Memorial Hospital has been guided by the belief that all children should be
able to grow up in a protective and nurturing environment, where each child is
given the opportunity to reach his or her potential. The Chicago Fire
Foundation is currently accepting donations in support of Children’s Memorial
Hospital and is dedicated to enriching the quality of life of the Chicagoland
community, particularly its youth.

For a full list of
Community Events please click here.

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 visitingwww.MLSsoccer.com/communitymvp.
The contest will be open until September 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM ET. Winners will
be announced onMLSsoccer.com and
recognized during halftime of MLS Cup 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto.

FIRE IN THE NEWS  

Castillo, Bravo show MLS is viable option for Mexican players –
Luis Bueno – Goal.com – July 18, 2010

http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer/2010/07/18/2030511/buenos-views-nery-castillo-omar-bravo-show-mls-is-viable

Fire acquire Mexican National vet Castillo – Jack McCarthy –
Chicago Tribune – July 17, 2010

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/07/fire-acquire-mexican-national-vet-castillo.html

Fire captures USSFDA National Title – Curt Herron –
Chicagolandsoccer.net – July 16, 2010

http://chicagolandsoccer.net/Fire%20Academy/acad%20calodyssey.html

CHICAGO FIRE TEAM WRITER, JEFF CRANDALL FEATURES ON
CHICAGO-FIRE.COM

Pappa’s Growth: Guatemalan international named to MLS All-Star Team – July 16
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/07/pappa%E2%80%99s-growth

Sides with a Past: Fire and Morelia have met before – July 13,
2010
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/07/sides-past

Two-Post Kinney: The bar is unkind to rookie in first start – July
12
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/07/two-post-kinney

INDIVIDUAL GAME
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Individual game tickets for
all 2010 MLS regular season Chicago Fire matches at TOYOTA PARK are now on
sale. The Fire have individual tickets starting at just $22.  For more
information on any Chicago Fire ticket package please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE
(657-3473) or visit the club’s official website at www.chicago-fire.com.

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