Representatives from the Chicago Fire, Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star Belgrade and Legia Warsaw met with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley yesterday afternoon at City Hall to present the Mayor with scarfs and jerseys. The four competing teams from the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup all presented Mayor Daley with mementos of the inaugural international tournament hosted by the Chicago Fire.
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On Wednesday, May 19 Mayor Richard M. Daley unveiled a proclamation naming May 19-22 Chicago Sister Cities International Cup Days as the Chicago Fire prepare to take on Paris Saint-Germain tonight at 7 PM CT at TOYOTA PARK for the inaugural match of the four-game tournament. The Chicago Sister Cities International Cup (CSCIC) presented by Best Buy, will feature Legia Warsaw vs. Red Star Belgrade immediately following the first match this evening. The Championship match will feature the winning clubs and will immediately follow the Consolation match scheduled at 6:00 PM CT on Saturday, May 22.
In the proclamation, Mayor Daley praised the game of soccer as one that, “brings together athletes in friendly competition, and forges new relationships bound by mutual admiration, solidarity and fair play…and urge all citizens to celebrate the close ties of friendship and exchange that Chicago shares with Warsaw, Paris and Belgrade.”
Chicago Fire President Dave Greeley thanked Mayor Daley for his support of this first-ever tournament. “Mayor Daley understands that soccer is not only the world’s game, but a sport that prides itself on tradition and takes pride in its passionate fans. We are looking forward to hosting fans of the Beautiful Game from throughout the world at TOYOTA PARK at these matches.”
Fans can purchase tickets to the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup through the Club’s official website at www.chicago-fire.com or by calling the Chicago Fire at 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473). Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster.
A list of all CSCIC public activities and events are outlined below:
Wednesday, May 19
7:00 PM GAME: Chicago Fire vs. Paris Saint-Germain at TOYOTA PARK
9:00 PM GAME: Legia Warsaw vs. Red Star Belgrade at TOYOTA PARK
Thursday, May 20
4:00 – 6:00 PM SISTER CITIES COMMUNITY SOCCER CLININC: A youth soccer clinic with 500 participating youths, ages 7-14, from within the Chicagoland community will interact with Chicago Fire players Steven Kinney, Krzysztof Krol, Justin Mapp, Peter Lowry and Dasan Robinson. Players representing Paris Saint-Germain, Legia Warsaw and Red Star Belgrade will also be participating. The Lincoln Park Turf Field is located off of the North Ave/La Salle St. Exit & Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60614
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM SUPPORTER’S PARTY: Red Bull will be hosting a party at Level that is open to fans to welcome the visiting clubs to Chicago. Level is located at 1045 North Rush Street Chicago, Illinois 60611
Friday, May 21
5:00 - 6:30 PM TRAINING: Paris Saint-Germain training session at TOYOTA PARK
Practice Field (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455)
Saturday, May 22
6:00 PM GAME: Consolation Match at TOYOTA PARK
8:00 PM GAME: Championship Match at TOYOTA PARK
1045 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Lincoln Park Turf Field
1778-1972 N John C, N Cannon Dr
Chicago, Illinois 60614
7000 S. Harlem Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455