Weekly Notes

Fire head to Seattle for clash against Sounders FC

CHICAGO FIRE BATTLE SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST

The Chicago Fire (1-0-1, 4 points) return to MLS league play when they head to Seattle to tussle with Seattle Sounders FC (0-2-2, 2 points) at Qwest Field on Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT live on CSN.

The Fire look to remain unbeaten in the early going, while searching for its first win in the Pacific Northwest. The Men in Red have never beaten Sounders FC, going 0-2-2 in four meetings, since the Seattle side joined the league in 2009.

The club’s revamped strike trio of Uruguayans Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari and Guatemalan Marco Pappa will look to continue their hot streak amidst the thousands of Seattle supporters at Qwest Field. Chaves, Puerari and Pappa account for each of the Fire’s four goals in 2011.

The Fire remained fit between MLS fixtures, downing the reigning MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids 2-1 in a U.S. Open Cup Qualifier at Bradley University’s Shea Stadium. Rookie defender Jalil Anibaba’s wonder-strike from 40-yards out proved the difference for the Men in Red.

CHICAGO FIRE WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE: April 4 – April 10

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

Monday, April 4: OFF

Tuesday, April 5: Training 10:00 a.m. – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field*^

Wednesday, April 6: Training 10:00 a.m. – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field*^

Thursday, April 7: Training 10:00 a.m. – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field*^

Depart for Seattle

Friday, April 8: Training TBD – Seattle - CLOSED

Saturday, April 9: Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC – Qwest Field – 3:00 p.m. - CSN

Sunday, April 10: 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 Brendan Hannan at 708.496.6725 for media requests.

CHICAGO FIRE at Seattle Sounders FC

• The Chicago Fire have never beaten Seattle Sounders FC, going 0-2-2 all-time. The Fire dropped both matches to Sounders FC in 2010 in late game goals. Freddy Montero headed the ball past Sean Johnson in the death of the Aug. 28th matchup at Qwest Field. Blaise Nkufo was the culprit, bagging an 89th minute goal to give Seattle a 1-0 in the return leg at TOYOTA PARK Sept. 25.

• Fire forward Diego Chaves is one of two players to tally goals in his first two regular season matches with the club. The last Fire forward to score in his first two appearances with the Fire was Josh Wolff, with goals against Miami and San Jose in 1998. The gifted Uruguayan striker put his name on the score sheet first in both of the Fire’s MLS contests.

• With the addition of open tryout winner Pari Pantazopoulos, the Fire have a total of 16 new players on the 29-man roster.

• The Fire have fared well when scoring early. In the first two matches Chaves has broken the deadlock in the 17th and 34th minutes, respectfully.

• The Fire are 24-14-15 all-time in the month of April and haven’t had a losing record during the month since the inaugural 1998 season

• Dating back to 2004, the Fire have gone unbeaten in their second away match of the season, going 1-0-6 in that time.

• Since 1998, the Fire are 7-5-1 in their third MLS regular season match.

• When taking four points from the club’s first two matches, the Fire are 3-1-0 all-time in the third regular season match, with the lone blemish coming in a 3-2 loss at Dallas on 4/21/01.

• Logan Pause officially joined the Fire 200 club, becoming the 61st MLS player to appear in 200 regular season matches. The youngest Fire player to 200, Pause will pass Jesse Marsch for third all-time with his next appearance in a Fire uniform.

CHICAGO FIRE TO PLAY MANCHESTER UNITED AT SOLDIER FIELD AS PART OF WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club, in conjunction with MLS and CAA Sports, announced last week that the club will take on Manchester United at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT as part of the World Football Challenge. Complete details regarding the World Football Challenge including all participating teams, schedule, format and event sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Chicago Fire v. Manchester United match is included in the Fire’s Full Season Ticket Holder plan as Bonus Game Two. Supporters can immediately purchase a ticket for the Chicago Fire-Manchester United match by purchasing full Chicago Fire Season Tickets by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or by heading to the club’s official website at Chicago-Fire.com. Fire Season Ticket Holders will receive an in-kind number of seats at Soldier Field and be given the opportunity to upgrade and/or purchase additional tickets. Details regarding group tickets, single game tickets and public on-sale will be announced at a later date.

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.

SECTION 8 CHICAGO DOUBLES SEASON TICKET BASE

The Chicago Fire announced before the club’s Opening Day at TOYOTA PARK that Section 8, the Independent Supporters’ Association of the Chicago Fire, has doubled its season ticket base from 400 to over 800. As of Monday, the ISA had secured 901 season tickets.

As part of an agreement between the club and the supporters, the Fire will offer all 800 Section 8 Season Ticket Holders travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Men in Red’s match against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Sunday, June 12. As a “thank you” from the club, Section 8 will be provided with as many as 16 buses to make the trek to root on the Fire against their Eastern Conference foes.

Following the 2010 MLS campaign, the Fire evaluated their ticket sales philosophy and integrated fan input to propose the most progressive season ticket campaign in the club’s 14-year history. Gaining feedback from its supporters about the kind of offers and incentives they want in a Fire season ticket package, the Fire developed a season ticket campaign built by-and-for a supporter. The result has seen the club sell over 2000 new season tickets in the offseason, breaking the previous club best of 1936 season tickets sold set in 1998, the Fire inaugural year.

2011 MEET THE TEAM SEASON TICKET HOLDER EVENT BIG SUCCESS AT CHITOWN FUTBOL


The Chicago Fire held the club’s annual “Meet the Team” event for 2011 Season Ticket Holders this past Saturday at ChiTown Futbol in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. All members of the Chicago Fire roster and coaching staff were on hand to greet fans, sign autographs and take photos with over 1,000 of the club’s loyal season ticket base.

Click here for photos of the 2011 “Meet the Team” event via our Facebook page .

CONCACAF GOLD CUP DOUBLEHEADER AT SOLDIER FIELD

The Chicago Fire are offering a special Mexico Two-Pack ticket offer which gives supporters the opportunity to see the Men in Red on Opening Day at TOYOTA PARK and the Mexico national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Soldier Field.

Mexico Two-Packs are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club’s official website at Chicago-Fire.com.

The special Mexico Two-Pack offers supporters a chance to witness the Fire’s third home regular season match at TOYOTA PARK against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. CT and a ticket to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Doubleheader featuring El Salvador vs. Cuba and Mexico vs. Costa Rica at Soldier Field on June 12 starting at 5 p.m. CT.

DAN KELLY, EVAN WHITFIELD AND OSCAR GUZMAN NAMED THE OFFICIAL FIRE BROADCAST TEAM FOR 2011

Dan Kelly and former Fire player Evan Whitfield will call the action from the booth for the Fire’s 24 matches on Comcast SportsNet (CSN) and My50 this season. The duo, in their first year together, will be joined by Oscar Guzman on the sideline.

For the full schedule click here: http://www.chicago-fire.com/schedule.