NOTES: Chicago Fire Break From MLS Action To Gear Up For Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Fire take World Cup break, regroup before U.S. Open Cup match vs. Pittsburgh

CHICAGO FIRE TAKE BREAK TO REST AND RECOVER, GEAR UP FOR LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP

The Chicago Fire (2-4-8, 14 points) enter the World Cup break after facing three games in the past week. The team will take four days off to recover before returning to train in advance of entering the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL PRO).

Single game tickets are currently on sale and available via Ticketmaster, www.Chicago-Fire.com, at the Toyota Park Box Office and by calling 888-MLS-FIRE.

Fire Season Ticket Holder tickets are currently available on Account Manager. Group tickets are also available at a discounted price by calling 888-MLS-FIRE.

Since 1998, the Fire have compiled an impressive 33-11-4 record in Open Cup play, 21-1-1 in matches played in the state of Illinois, reaching the semifinal round nine out of 16 times and the final six times. The Fire have previously hoisted the coveted Dewar Trophy four times, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. The 2006 title marked the ninth time a team from Chicago won the Open Cup and made the Fire one of six teams to capture the crown at least four times in the tournament's 100-year-long history.

CHICAGO FIRE TRAINING SCHEDULE: JUNE 10 – JUNE 16

Tuesday, June 10          Off

Wednesday, June 11     Off

Thursday, June 12         Off

Friday, June 13             Training 10:30 a.m. CT – Toyota Park*^

Saturday, June 14         Training 10:30 a.m. CT – University of Illinois-Chicago Flames Field (901 West Roosevelt Road)

Sunday, June 15           Off

Monday, June 16           Training 10:30 a.m. CT – Toyota Park*^

*Training will take place on the Toyota Park Practice Field unless otherwise noted.

^Media availability will be held in the Toyota Park Media Room one hour prior to the listed start time of training and will run for approximately 45 minutes, typically from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Training will be open to media for the first 15 minutes of the session.

Media members interested in attending training are asked to RSVP to Eunice Kim at ekim@chicago-fire.com the evening before each session with the names of the players they are requesting to speak with to ensure that players are notified and available for interviews. Training times and locations are subject to change. Media members that have sent an email RSVP will be alerted of any changes.

HARRY SHIPP’S BRILLIANT INDIVIDUAL EFFORT NOMINATED FOR AT&T GOAL OF THE WEEK

Harry Shipp’s goal in the 41st minute of Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Seattle Sounders FC has been nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week. Minutes after the Sounders took a 2-0 lead, Shipp played a quick combination with Quincy Amarikwa, received the ball and raced in towards goal. From just inside the 18 yard box, the Fire Homegrown rookie unleashed a left-footed shot through traffic and past Sounders ‘keeper Stefan Frei for his first of two goals of the night.

Voting run until 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday and can be found here.

CHICAGO FIRE FOUNDATION TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL “FIRE, BREWS AND BITES” BEER TASTING EVENT

The Chicago Fire Foundation will host its third annual “Fire, Brews and Bites” beer tasting event at Carmichael’s Steakhouse (1052 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Ill., 60607) on Saturday, June 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT.

The event will consist of an afternoon of beer, soccer and food as guests have an opportunity to taste a variety of samples from local breweries and snack on appetizers provided by Carmichael’s Steakhouse while catching international soccer games on the big screen.

This year’s beer tasting is highlighted by samples from Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s new hometown craft brewery located in Logan Square, 3 Floyds Brewery Co., and many other local favorites.

Tickets, which include a beer tasting, appetizers and a commemorative gift item, start at $40 and can be purchased here. Guests must be 21 years or over to attend. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club.

CHICAGO FIRE HOST TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC JULY 26 AT TOYOTA PARK

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club will welcome Barclays Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur to Toyota Park in an international friendly on Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2).

This is just the fifth time that the Fire will welcome an English side to the Chicagoland area. The Men in Red are 2-2-0 in international friendlies against clubs from England, including Aston Villa, Manchester United, Everton and Derby County.

Tickets for July 26 friendly against the Spurs and to the Fire’s MLS Regular Season home matches are available via Ticketmaster and www.Chicago-Fire.com.