Chicago Fire Welcome Club America for International Friendly, Return to MLS Action against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

a look at the week ahead for the Fire as they prepare for Club America, and Vancouver Whitecaps

Patrick Nyarko

Photo Credit: 
Brian Kersey Chicago Fire

CHICAGO FIRE WELCOME CLUB AMERICA, HEAD TO GREAT WHITE NORTH TO TAKE ON VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
The Chicago Fire (6-8-3; 21 points) welcome Liga MX champions Club América to Toyota Park for an international friendly presented by TrueCar on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT (ESPN/ESPN Deportes). The Fire return to MLS action when they head west to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday, July 14 at 6:00 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9).
 
Advance tickets for the match are available by calling 888-MLS-Fire, by visiting www.Chicago-Fire.com or Ticketmaster. The international friendly will serve as Bonus Game 1 in the Fire Season Ticket and Ten Game packages. The first 5,000 fans in the gates will receive a TrueCar car magnet.
 
This is the third consecutive year that 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. On Sept. 8, 2012 the goals from Michael Videira and Corben Bone led the Men in Red to a 2-2 draw with Club Santos Laguna.
 
Sunday’s match between the Fire and Whitecaps is the only regular season meeting between the two sides this season. The Fire took on the Whitecaps in the final match of the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup. Chris Rolfe’s 57th  minute helped the Fire to the 1-1 draw on Saturday, Feb. 23.
 
CHICAGO FIRE TRAINING SCHEDULE: July 9 – July 15
 
Tuesday, July 9             Training 9:30 a.m.^ - Toyota Park Stadium Field
Wednesday, July 10      Chicago Fire vs. Club America Presented by TrueCar – 7:30 p.m. CT – Toyota Park – ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Thursday, July 11          Off
Friday, July 12              Training 9:30 a.m.*^               
Saturday, July 13          Travel to Vancouver
                                    Training 6:00 p.m. CT – BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Sunday, July 14            Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 6:00 p.m. CT – BC Place – My50/La Ley 107.9
Monday, July 15            Return to Chicago
 
*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. Club America

  • The Fire are 6-11-4 all-time in international friendlies since 1998. The Fire have played 21 friendlies against teams from Mexico, England, Italy, Germany, France, Scotland and Poland.
  • The Fire are 1-6-2 all-time in friendly matches against Mexican opposition. Most recently the Fire came from behind to draw Club Santos Laguna 2-2 on Sept. 8, 2012 at Toyota Park.

 
CHICAGO FIRE vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 

  • The Fire hold a 1-1-1 all-time MLS Regular Season against the Whitecaps.
  • The Fire have previously played once in Vancouver, a 4-2 loss at Empire Field on Aug. 7, 2011
  • Left back Gonzalo Segares will miss the Fire’s next game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Sunday, July 14 due to yellow card accumulation.
  • Also missing the Vancouver match will be Daniel Paladini, who will be serving the requisite one-game suspension for a red card.
  • Mike Magee’s goal in the 38th minute of the match against Sporting Kansas City was his 11th overall this season in league play. Magee now sits tied with Marco Di Vaio for first place in the tightly-contested Golden Boot race

 
MIKE MAGEE NAMED TO 2013 MLS ALL-STAR FAN XI
Major League Soccer announced Sunday that Fire forward Mike Magee has been named to the 2013 MLS All-Star Fan XI. The MLS All-Stars will face Italian giants AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City,
Kan. on Wednesday July 31 in the 2013 MLS All-Star Game at 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2/UniMas).
 
The Fan XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms – online at MLSsoccer.com, via text message, and via Twitter. The ballot consisted of at least
six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members.
 
The All-Star nod is the first of Magee’s 11-year MLS career. The two-time MLS Cup champion with the Galaxy joined the Fire on May 25, 2013 and has scored seven goals in his first seven matches across all
competitions. Magee’s four goals and two assists in MLS play have led the Fire to a 4-0-1 run since joining the club. Named MLS Player of the Month for March and June, Magee currently sits tied for first
place in the tightly-contested MLS Golden Boot race with 11 goals on the season.
 
A Chicago, Ill. native, Magee was the fourth overall selection in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by the then New York/New Jersey MetroStars after a two-year stay at the U.S. Soccer Residency program in
Bradenton, Fla. After six seasons with the New York side, Magee headed west when he was acquired by the Galaxy prior to the start of the 2009 season. The 28-year-old has 46 career goals and 26 assists in
240 career regular season games.
 
The 11th player – a forward – on the Fan XI will be decided on July 11, as part of the AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge. Among the remaining forwards on the ballot, the player with whom fans score
the most goals in FIFA Soccer 13, with one goal equaling one vote, from July 3-July 10 will be named to the Fan XI. Fire forward Chris Rolfe is one of the 26 players that are eligible to be voted in via the
FIFA 13 game.
 
Additional information on the 2013 MLS All-Star game can be found here.
 
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.