Chicago Fire Host D.C. United At Toyota Park For Eastern Conference Showdown

A look at the week ahead for the Fire as they prepare to take on D.C. United

Patrick Nyarko

Photo Credit: 
Brian Kersey Chicago Fire
CHICAGO FIRE WELCOME D.C. UNITED TO TOYOTA PARK
The Chicago Fire (6-9-3, 21 points) return home to welcome D.C. United (2-13-4, 10 points) to Toyota Park on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9) presented by Cricket Wireless.
 
This is the second of four matches between the two squads this season. The Fire defeated D.C. United 2-0 at Toyota Park on June 2 to begin the season series. The Fire will host United for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT before heading to the nation’s capital to take on United at RFK Stadium on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:00 p.m. CT (NBC SportsNetwork/La Ley 107.9).
 
D.C. United, currently sitting in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, enters the match after a bye in MLS play.
CHICAGO FIRE TRAINING SCHEDULE: July 17 – July 22
 
Wednesday, July 17      First Team Training 8:30 a.m.*^
                                    MLS Reserve League – Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew – Toyota Park Practice Field – 10:00 a.m. CT           
Thursday, July 18          Training 9:30 a.m.^ - Toyota Park Stadium Field 
Friday, July 19              Training 9:30 a.m.*^               
Saturday, July 20          Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United – Toyota Park – 7:30 p.m. CT – My50/La Ley 107.9
Sunday, July 21            Chicago Fire Season Ticket Holder “Meet the Team” Event – Toyota Park – 11:00 a.m. CT
Monday, July 22            Training 9:30 a.m.*^ 
 
*Training will take place on the Toyota Park Practice Field unless otherwise noted     
^Times are approximate and subject to change. Fire players and coaches will be made available following training. Please contact the Chicago Fire Communications Department for updated times and locations. Please contact Eunice Kim for media requests.
 
CHICAGO FIRE vs. D.C. United
- The Fire hold a 16-17-11 all-time regular season record against D.C. United, including a 9-6-7 advantage in matches played at home.
- A total of 124 goals have been scored by the two sides in the all-time regular season series, with the goals evenly split at 62 each.

- Seventeen of the Fire’s 62 goals have been scored in the final 15 minutes of play.
 
- Fire forward Maicon Santos joined the Fire after spending the 2012 season with D.C. United. In 26 matches, Santos scored seven goals and added three assists before the Fire made the Brazilian striker the only selection in Stage One of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 7, 2012.
 
- Fire defender and reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Austin Berry and D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as teammates at the University of Louisville. Berry and DeLeon were first and second in 2012 MLS Rookie of the Year voting, with Berry emerging victorious, garnering more than 50 percent of votes from both media and MLS club management.
 
- D.C. United assistant coach Josh Wolff began his professional career with the Men in Red when he 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.
 
MIKE MAGEE NAMED TO 2013 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME ROSTER
Major League Soccer announced Sunday that Fire forward Mike Magee has been named to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star gameday roster by Sporting Kansas City and MLS All-Star manager Peter Vermes.
 
The Chicago, Ill. native is among the 20 MLS All-Stars confirmed on the roster that will compete against Italian club AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, July 31. The game will be televised live by ESPN and UniMás at 8 p.m. CT.
The 28-year-old was selected for the first time in his MLS career through the MLS All-Star First XI fan vote which was announced on Sunday, July 7.
 
TICKETS FOR THE CHICAGO FIRE VS. D.C. UNITED LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP SEMIFINAL MATCH NOW ON SALE
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced that tickets for the Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match at Toyota Park on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT are now on sale.
 
Advance tickets for the match are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire, by visiting www.Chicago-Fire.com or Ticketmaster.
 
The Open Cup match will be included in the Second Star Club and Suite season ticket packages.
 
The Fire advanced to the semifinals of the storied tournament with a 5-1 victory over the Orlando City SC June 26 at Toyota Park. A Chris Rolfe brace and goals from Patrick Nyarko, Mike Magee and Joel Lindpere led the Men in Red to their 33rd all-time victory of the 100-year old tournament.
 
D.C. United advanced after a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution at the SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
 
CHICAGO FIRE LAUNCH THIRD KIT DESIGN CONTEST
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has partnered with iconic jersey sponsor The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., to launch the #cf97ThirdKit design contest, asking Fire supporters to submit designs for the jersey the Fire plans to unveil at the club’s Anniversary game in 2014.
  
The five best designs will be chosen by the Chicago Fire and Quaker Oats. Once the final designs are selected, each winner will work directly with the club’s creative team to place the design into an adidas-approved jersey template. The final designs will then be put to a fan vote on www.Chicago-Fire.com.
 
The winning design will become a part of Fire history and will be scheduled to make its debut for the Anniversary game in 2014, in addition to other future matchday opportunities. The winner will also receive round trip airfare and accommodations for two to attend the Fire’s match against the Portland Timbers in 2014, including a private tour of the adidas campus in Portland, an opportunity to meet with adidas jersey designers and $500.00 to spend at the adidas employee store. All five selected designers will receive two tickets to sit in the Chicago Fire’s Second Star Club for a Fire match.
 
To be considered, entrants must download a template form for the design from www.Chicago-Fire.com.  This template form will include blank outlines for entrant’s design.  Using the template form, entrants must design the new team third jersey (front/sleeves/back). Submissions may be sent to cf97thirdkit@chicago-fire.com, delivered in-person or via mail per the official rules. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 14.
 
Full #cf97ThirdKit rules and regulations can be found here. 
 
CHICAGO FIRE OFFER DISCOUNT TO MESSI & FRIENDS ATTENDEES
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is offering anyone with proof of purchase to the July 6 Messi & Friends event at Soldier Field a 50 percent discount on a ticket to the July 20 Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United match or the Aug. 7 Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match.
 
All discounted ticket offers must be redeemed at the Toyota Park Box Office only. Inquiries regarding the discount can be directed to 1-888-MLS-FIRE.
 
CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL WHITE PARTY
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will host the Third Annual White Party presented by Swissôtel Chicago at the MCA Warehouse (1747 W. Hubbard) on Thursday, August 8, 2013 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. 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 2012, the White Party sold out with 700 urban professionals in attendance and raised more than $40,000 for the Foundation.
 
Tickets to the event, which start at $60 for a general admission ticket and $80 for a VIP ticket that includes an upgraded gift bag and access to the VIP lounge with exclusive food and additional bars, can be purchased here.
 
For additional information, please email whiteparty@chicago-fire.com, visit Chicago-Fire.com or click here: http://2013whiteparty.eventbrite.com/.