Fire Head To Nation’s Capital For Midweek Battle Against D.C. United

A look at the week ahead as the Men In Red prepare to take on D.C. United on Wednesday

Chris Rolfe

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FIRE CHALLENGE D.C. UNITED IN CAPTIAL COMEBACK REMATCH
The Chicago Fire (12-7-5, 41 points) head to the nation's capital to take on D.C. United (11-8-4, 37 points) at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. CT (CSN Chicago/97.5 ESPN Deportes).
 
The Fire dispatched the New England Revolution 2-1 at Toyota Park on Saturday evening to extend its unbeaten streak to four games and remain perfect with a 3-0-0 record in the month of August.
 
Wednesday's game marks the first of two meetings between the two squads this season. The Fire went 1-0-1 against D.C. United in the 2011 MLS Regular Season series. A 59th minute goal from Sebastian Grazzini was undone by Josh Wolff’s 73rd minute equalizer at Toyota Park on Aug. 18. Grazzini and Diego Chaves scored in stoppage time to snatch the 2-1 “Capital Comeback” victory at RFK Stadium on Oct. 15. The Fire will host D.C. United on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Toyota Park to close out the regular season.
 
D.C. United enter the match after a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium and will be without the services of Branko Boskovic and Emiliano Dudar on Wednesday as both players were ejected from Sunday's match. United has not fallen at RFK Stadium since March 10, 2012, a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City.
 
CHICAGO FIRE TRAINING SCHEDULE: Aug. 20 – Aug. 27
 
Monday, Aug. 20: Training 9:30 a.m.*^
Tuesday, Aug. 21: Travel to D.C.
Training in D.C. TBD           
Wednesday, Aug. 22: Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United – RFK Stadium – 6:30 p.m. CT – CSN Chicago/97.5 ESPN Deportes
Thursday, Aug. 23: Return to Chicago
Friday, Aug. 24: Off
Saturday, Aug. 25: Off                    
Sunday, Aug. 26: Off     
Monday, Aug. 27: Training 9:30 a.m.*^
 
*Training is open to the media. Fire players and coaches will be made available immediately following training.
^Training times are subject to change. Please contact Brendan Hannan at 720.937.8962 for media requests.
 
CHICAGO FIRE vs. D.C. United

  • The Fire hold a 15-16-10 regular season record against D.C. United, including a 7-10-4 record in matches played at RFK Stadium.
  • The Fire are 9-3-3 against Eastern Conference foes this season, and are 3-3-2 on the road against Eastern Conference teams.
  • The Fire face each of the eight other Eastern Conference teams once and D.C. United twice in the final 10 games of the 2012 MLS season.
  • Three members of the D.C. United squad have previously spent time with the Fire. Josh Wolff, currently serving as a player/assistant coach for United, was assigned to the Fire as a Project-40 player in 1998 and spent five seasons from 1998-2002 with the Men in Red. Wolff made 84 regular season appearances, scored 32 goals and added 15 assists. While with the Fire, Wolff won one MLS Cup and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophies. Defender Daniel Woolard spent three seasons with the Fire. Selected 47th in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft, Woolard made 16 regular season appearances for the Fire and scored one goal. Midfielder Steven King was drafted in the 3rd round (40th overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and made 20 appearances for the Fire in his rookie season, scoring two goals and added one assist.
  • Chris Rolfe's goal in the 5th minute of Saturday’s marked the second straight game in which he scored for the Fire. Rolfe scored a brace against the Philadelphia Union Aug. 12. With five goals on the season, Rolfe sits tied with Dominic Oduro for second on the team’s goal scoring list.
  • Dutch striker Sherjill MacDonald tallied his first goal in a Fire shirt Saturday evening, heading home Patrick Nyarko's cross in the 25th minute.
  • The center back tandem of Austin Berry and Arne Friedrich improved to 7-1-2, conceding only eight goals in 10 matches.

CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL WHITE PARTY
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will host the Second Annual White Party presented by Swissôtel Chicago at the MCA Warehouse (1747 W. Hubbard) on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. CT.
 
This unique, stylish event provides guests with an opportunity to sip cocktails while getting to know the Fire and the Chicago Fire Foundation off the pitch. The White Party will feature a premium open bar, live DJ, hors d’oeuvres and a gift bag for each guest to top off the night. Guests are strongly encouraged to don their most stylish white attire.
 
Proceeds from the White Party will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation. In 2011, the White Party was attended by nearly 600 urban professionals and raised more than $20,000 for the Foundation.
 
Tickets to the event, which start at $50 for a general admission ticket and $75 for a VIP ticket that includes an upgraded gift bag and access to the VIP lounge, can be purchased here.
 
Who: Chicago Fire players, staff and ticketed guests
 
What: The Chicago Fire Soccer Club’s Second Annual White Party presented by Swissôtel Chicago.
 
Where: MCA Warehouse (1747 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL, 60686)
 
When: Thursday, August 23, 7:30 – 11:30 PM
 
For additional information, please email whiteparty@chicago-fire.com, visit Chicago-Fire.com or click here: http://chicagofirewhiteparty.eventbrite.com/.   
 
CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB LAUNCHES MOBILE APPLICATION POWERED BY CRICKET WIRELESS
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Cricket Communications, the club’s official wireless partner and a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, announced the launch of the “Chicago Fire Mobile Application Powered by Cricket,” to connect fans with Fire news, player updates and social interactions from their mobile phone.
 
The free app, dedicated to Chicago Fire soccer fans, will simplify access to Chicago Fire news, updates and game day tickets. Powered by Cricket, the new app allows users to:

  • Create personalized Fan Cards to share personal information such as photos, favorite players and other individual preferences through social media;
  • Experience Toyota Park and navigate the grounds with an interactive map to use while at a game or to plan for an upcoming game;
  • Browse Fire merchandise and game tickets;
  • Review detailed, interactive Fire Player Cards, with team member and game photos, video, and statistics, as well as playlist suggestions for fans, featuring the team’s favorite songs.
  • Cricket subscribers will be able to easily download their favorite Fire players’ songs via Cricket’s Muve Music® service, a digital music subscription service that offers millions of songs with unlimited downloads to Cricket smartphones.

 
“The Chicago Fire Mobile App Powered by Cricket” is now available to download via Google Play for Android. September 15, 2012 is the app release date for iOS. Soccer fans can also download the app online at Chicago-fire.com/app.
 
CHICAGO FIRE DISMISS NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2-1
The Chicago Fire got goals from strike tandem Chris Rolfe and Sherjill MacDonald to defeat the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday night at Toyota Park. This was the Fire’s third win in a row.
 
It took the Fire just five minutes to get on the board as Patrick Nyarko played Chris Rolfe into the box from the left. The veteran Fire striker took the ball in stride before being chopped down by A.J. Soares, forcing referee Sorin Soica to immediately point to the penalty spot. Rolfe stepped up and placed his effort off the left post and past Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis to give the Fire a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. It was Rolfe’s fifth goal on the season and 41st in a Fire uniform.
 
Pouring on the pressure, New England would find the equalizer when Sene chased down a ball out of midfield, entered the box on the left and centered for Fernando Cardenas. Falling down, the Colombian midfielder got a foot to the ball, deflecting it off Austin Berry before it came back of Cardenas and squeaked inside the left post in the 11th minute.
 
In the 25th minute Segares’ throw-in on the left put Nyarko into the box. The Ghanaian winger crossed at the endline and found MacDonald who nodded his first Fire goal down past, giving the side a 2-1 lead. In opening his MLS account, MacDonald became the 12th different Fire player to score during the 2012 MLS campaign.
 
Continuing to pressure late into the half the Fire came close on a frenzied sequence in the 42nd minute. Right back Jalil Anibaba beat two Revolution defenders on the right but saw his cross turned away by Revs defender A.J. Soares right back to Rolfe. The Fire striker rolled back up the right side before crossing to the back post where Nyarko nodded it down across goal before MacDonald popped the ball up in the air. Rolfe pounced on the ball at the near post before forcing New England defender Chris Tierney to put it out for a corner kick.
 
On the ensuing corner, Pavel Pardo’s take from the right was nodded towards the back post by Arne Friedrich before MacDonald’s follow-up header went just wide, leaving the score at 2-1 as the teams headed to the locker room.
 
Coming out of the break, the Fire looked to put the game away beginning in the 50th minute when Stephen McCarthy mishandled a back pass allowing MacDonald entry into the box but the Dutchman’s poke trickled just wide of Reis’ goal.
 
Four minutes later MacDonald forced Revs defender Stephen McCarthy to clear a dangerous ball directly to Rolfe. The forward crossed from the right looking for Nyarko who put it back for Alvaro Fernandez at the top of the box. The Uruguayan international took the ball and pushed a first-time half volley towards goal that forced Reis to parry it out for a corner kick.
 
Into stoppage time, Oduro continued to be a pest to New England as they pushed forward for the equalizer. This time, Paladini jumped to block Tierney’s cross and the ball bounced to McCarthy at the midfield stripe but Oduro dispossessed the Revs defender and walked in on goal before seeing his shot from the top of the 18 deflected for a corner kick by Ryan Guy.
 
Unable to put the game away, the Revolution remained in the game until the end. Hurrying forward in the 95th minute, Tierney collected a loose ball on the left that Austin Berry headed directly to Soares. The defender’s desperate effort was directed inside the right post but Johnson pulled off a spectacular diving save to seal the 2-1 victory.
 
CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB TO HOST MEXICAN CHAMPIONS CLUB SANTOS LAGUNA SEPTEMBER 8 AT TOYOTA PARK
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced that the Fire will welcome four-time Mexican Primera División champions, Club Santos Laguna to Toyota Park for an international friendly on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. CT.
 
Advance tickets for the first meeting between the Chicago Fire and Santos Laguna go on sale Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. CT and are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire or by visiting www.chicago-fire.com. The international friendly will serve as Bonus Game 2 in the Fire Season Ticket and Ten Game packages.
 
Reigning Clausura Champions Santos Laguna have captured four titles in Mexico’s Primera División, most recently defeating Monterey 3-2 on aggregate to capture the 2012 tournament. Santos Laguna has experienced success in the CONCACAF region as well. The Albiverdes placed second in the 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League. Santos Laguna were also crowned champions of the inaugural 2004 InterLiga tournament, the tournament between Mexican clubs to determine qualifying spots for the Copa Libertadores.
 
For the second consecutive year, the Fire will welcome a Mexican opponent to Toyota Park. In 2011, the Fire took on Chivas de Guadalajara in front of a crowd of more than 18,000. A 61st minute goal by Jorge Mora would prove the difference as Chivas de Guadalajara escaped with a 1-0 victory.
 
Santos Laguna’s roster currently boasts star goalkeeper and Mexican international Oswaldo Sánchez, a three-time FIFA World Cup veteran. U.S. international forward Hercules Gomez tallied five goals in 12 appearances for the Torreon side. Gomez appeared in three games for the United States Men’s National Team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and spent six years plying his trade in MLS with the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Kansas City Wizards.
 
This is the second international friendly scheduled for the Fire this season. The Men in Red hosted English Premier League side Aston Villa in a match Presented by TrueCar at Toyota Park on Saturday, July 21.
 
MOLLY’S CUPCAKES TO FEATURE CHICAGO FIRE CUPCAKE
Lincoln Park bakery Molly’s Cupcakes (2536 N. Clark) has created a limited-edition Chicago Fire Velvet Swirl cupcake that will be available for the month of August. A twist on the classic red velvet cupcake, one dollar from every purchase will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation. Check out this video of Fire defender Gonzalo Segares touring Molly’s - http://www.chicago-fire.com/blog/post/2012/08/02/sega-indulges-mollys-cupcakes.
 
FIRE IN THE NEWS

 
Fire post 3rd straight victory - Jack McCarthy - Chicago Tribune - August 18, 2012
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-spt-0819-fire-chicago--20120819,0,6284458.story
 
Fire's Rolfe, MacDonald provide the offense in 2-1 victory against Revolution - Seth Gruen - Chicago Sun-Times - August 18, 2012
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/soccer/fire/14580549-626/fires-rolfe-macdonald-provide-the-offense-in-2-1-victory-against-revolution.html
 
Nyarko plays big in Fire's win over Revolution - Orrin Schwarz - Daily Herald - August 18, 2012
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120818/sports/708189790/
 
Fire must battle on without Pause - Len Ziehm - Comcast SportsNet Chicago - August 15, 2012
http://www.csnchicago.com/soccer-chicago-fire/news/Fire-must-battle-on-without-Pause?blockID=757251&feedID=5674
 
Rolfe happy with brace, but sees room for improvement - Anthony Zilis - MLSsoccer.com - August 12, 2012
http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/08/12/rolfe-happy-brace-sees-room-improvement
 
CHICAGO FIRE TEAM WRITER, JEFF CRANDALL FEATURES ON CHICAGO-FIRE.COM
 
By the Numbers: How the Fire have fared without their captain – August 16, 2012

http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/08/numbers-how-fire-have-fared-out-their-captain
 
All-In Podcast with Arne Friedrich – August 16, 2012
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/08/all-podcast-arne-friedrich
 
Steven Kinney Plays First competitive Minutes Since 2010 Achilles Injury – August 15, 2012
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/08/steven-kinney-plays-first-competitive-minutes-2010-achilles-injury
 
Matt Mason Finishes Appalachian Trek – August 15, 2012
http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/08/matt-mason-finishes-appalachian-trail-trek