RELEASE: Chicago Fire Announce 2014 Preseason Schedule

Club to visit Ave Maria, Bradenton and Tucson in lead up to 2014 regular season

CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 3, 2014) The Chicago Fire announced its full 2014 MLS preseason training camp ahead of the club’s 17th MLS season. Fire players will arrive at Toyota Park on Saturday, Jan. 25 for entrance physicals before departing for the first leg of the club’s preseason camp on Sunday, Jan. 26 in Ave Maria, Fla.

The eight-day training camp on the campus of Ave Maria University will culminate in a preseason friendly against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:00 a.m. CT.

The Fire will then head to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Feb. 5-12 for the second leg of preseason.

For the final leg, the Men in Red will close out preseason from Feb. 15 – March 2 in Tucson, Ariz. as part of the Desert Diamond Cup where they will face fellow MLS sides Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution, and USL PDL side FC Tucson.

Tickets for the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup are available here. Information on preseason match livestreams on Chicago-Fire.com will be released at a later date.

The Fire will host 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield winners New York Red Bulls for Opening Day at Toyota Park on Sunday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. CT. The Men in Red will begin their 17th season two weeks prior on the road when they visit Chivas USA at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. CT..

Chicago Fire Season Tickets and Chicago Fire Winter Packs, which give fans the opportunity to witness the Men in Red in action on Opening Day while donning the two Fire adidas Winter hats and two Fire adidas baseball hats included in the pack, are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE, via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club’s official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

Single game tickets to Chicago Fire matches are available via Ticketmaster and www.Chicago-Fire.com.

See below the club’s full 2014 preseason schedule.

Jan. 25:    Players arrive at Toyota Park for physicals
Jan. 26 – Feb. 2: First Team trains in Ave Maria, Fla.
Feb 2: Chicago Fire vs. Florida Gulf Coast University – 10:00 a.m. CT – Ave Maria University
Feb. 5 – 12: First Team trains at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Games:  TBD
Feb. 15 – March 2:  First Team trains in Tucson, Ariz. as part of the 2014 Desert Diamond Cup
Feb. 19: Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
Feb. 22: Chicago Fire vs. FC Tucson – 2:00 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
Feb. 26: Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution – 4:30 p.m. CT - Kino North Sports Complex
March 1:  Placement Match TBD - Kino North Sports Complex