Fire face Real España

Men in Red to challenge Honduran side in preseason friendly

CHICAGO, IL (Dec. 20, 2011) The Chicago Fire Soccer Club, in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Juniors – Louisiana,  announced Tuesday the club will take on Honduran side Real España in an international friendly at New Orleans’ Tad Gormley Stadium Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5:00 p.m. CT. The match will conclude Phase One of the Men in Red’s preseason preparation for the 2012 Major League Soccer campaign.

Tickets for the international friendly start at just $10 for children and $20 for adults and are available at www.chicagofirejuniorslouisiana.com.

One of the top clubs in Honduras, Real España have won 10 Liga Nacional titles, with the most  recent championship coming during the 2010-11 campaign. Featuring former LA Galaxy striker Carlos Pavon, los Aurinegros will enter the match after finishing as runner’s up during the 2011 Honduran Apertura season.

Hosted by the Chicago Fire Juniors – Louisiana, the match will come days after the first team’s 15-day stay in Ave Maria, FL, 17 miles east of the Chicago Fire Juniors – Florida’s headquarters in Naples.

2012 Chicago Fire Preseason Schedule

PHASE ONE:       Ave Maria, FL - January 20-February 3

                               New Orleans, LA – February 4-5

               February 4 vs. C.D. Real Espana (HON) 5:00 p.m. CT at Tad Gormley Stadium

PHASE TWO:       TBA

PHASE THREE:   Charleston, SC (2012 Carolina Challenge Cup) – February 25-March 4 at Blackbaud Stadium

                                February 25 vs. D.C. United 4:00 p.m. CT

                                February 29 vs. Columbus Crew 4:00 p.m. CT

                                March 3 vs. Charleston Battery 6:15 p.m. CT