The Fire play their third and final match of SuperLiga 2010 when they host Pumas UNAM at TOYOTA PARK this Tuesday, July 20 at 8:30 PM CT (Galavision). It is the first-ever meeting between the Fire and the Mexican Primera Division side.
Both clubs enter Tuesday’s match looking for their first victory in this year’s tournament. In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Fire were defeated by a 77th minute strike from New England Revolution forward Marko Perovic, while Pumas rallied to score two second-half goals to tie Monarcas Morelia 2-2 in an exciting back-and-forth match.
The 2010 edition of SuperLiga has been drastically different than the Fire’s first foray into the international tournament, one in which they lost on penalty kicks to Tigres UNAL in front of a sold out crowd at TOYOTA PARK in the SuperLiga 2009 final. After falling to Monarcas Morelia 5-1 and the New England Revolution 1-0 in the first two Group B matches, the Fire have been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the SuperLiga semifinals.
CHICAGO FIRE WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE: JULY 20 – JULY 25
Chicago Fire players and coaches will be made available to media at TOYOTA PARK (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455) this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday following training. Media will be able to begin conducting interviews after training, which runs approximately two hours.
Tuesday, July 20: CHICAGO FIRE vs. Pumas UNAM – TOYOTA PARK – 8:30 PM CT – Galavision
Wednesday, July 21: Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^
Thursday, July 22: Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^
Friday, July 23: Training 9:00 – 11:00 AM CT – TOYOTA PARK Practice Field – OPEN TO MEDIA*^
Saturday, July 24: OFF
Sunday, July 25: OFF
*Training is open to the media. Fire players and coaches will be made available immediately following training, which runs approximately two hours.
^Training times are subject to change. Please contact Becky Carroll at 312.350.5260, Brendan Hannan at 708.496.6725 or Franco Sui Yuan at 708.496.6744 for media requests.
Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM
- Pumas bring a powerful mix of young and experienced players, which include midfielder Israel Castro and the legendary international forward Francisco “Paco” Palencia, who played for Chivas USA in 2005-2006.
- The Mexico City side finished fourth in the Bicentenario 2010.
- Fire rookie Steven Kinney opened his MLS account during SuperLiga 2010, tallying a 49th minute goal in the Fire’s 5-1 defeat to Monarcas Morelia.
- In Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution, Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos started all four Fire rookies for the first time this season.
CHICAGO FIRE ANNOUNCE MEXICAN FORWARD NERY CASTILLO AS NEW DESIGNATED PLAYER
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Saturday that 26-year-old Mexican forward Nery Castillo will join the team as a Designated Player. Castillo will become available for selection for the Fire upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Castillo’s first match with the Men in Red is expected to be on the road against the LA Galaxy on Sunday, August 1. Castillo will be on loan to the Fire from Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), with the Fire holding an option to complete a permanent transfer. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Fire revealed its decision to add Castillo Saturday night in front of 16,117 fans at TOYOTA PARK after the club’s SuperLiga match against the New England Revolution. Castillo will arrive in Chicago next week and conduct a press conference, the time and location of which will be finalized soon.
“Nery is a young, competitive player who will be a dynamic force on the pitch and we are very excited that he has decided to make the Chicago Fire his new home,” said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. “He understands the tradition, honor and passion that comes with wearing the Fire badge and is committed to leading our team towards another championship.”
A native from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Castillo has represented the Mexican men’s National Team 21 times since 2007, scoring a total of six goals. Known for his nifty left foot and creative talent, Castillo made his international debut with El Tri on June 2, 2007 against Iran, and he opened his international account when he scored the winning goal against Cuba during the team’s opening match for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 8, 2007. His performance led the team to the tournament’s final, where Mexico fell to the United States, 2-1.
CHICAGO FIRE TEAMMATES MARCO PAPPA AND WILMAN CONDE SELECTED TO MLS ALL-STAR TEAM
Chicago Fire teammates Marco Pappa and Wilman Conde have been named to the 2010 MLS All-Star Team. Pappa was selected last week as a member of the MLS First XI and Conde was selected today by MLS All-Star head coach Bruce Arena of the LA Galaxy to bolster the 23-man gameday roster. The MLS All-Stars take on Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 28, 2010 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas (7:30 PM CT, ESPN2, TeleFutura).
2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game Roster:
Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)*, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) &
Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)*, Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) *, Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)*, Jonathan Bornstein(Chivas USA) &, Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) &, Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) &, Kevin Alston (New England Revolution) &.
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) *, Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)* Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) *, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew) *, Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) &, David Ferreira (FC Dallas) &, Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)&, Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) &, Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) &.
Forwards: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) *, Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) *, Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls) &, Brian Ching(Houston Dynamo) +, Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) +
Unavailable: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
* Denotes selection to First XI Team
+ Denotes a Commissioner’s Selection
& Denotes Coach’s Selection
Online fan balloting comprising 25 percent of the combined First XI vote, with MLS coaches and GMs (25 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent) accounting for the remainder. Players and coaches/general managers could not register votes for players on their own teams.
CHICAGO FIRE U16 ACADEMY WINS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Chicago Fire U16 Academy team won the 2010 U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy National Championship Friday night, defeating Cal Odyssey 5-3 on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 regulation time draw at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
The Fire Academy squad was welcomed back to TOYOTA PARK by the entire Fire staff and members of the Fire first team. With the victory, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club becomes the first MLS team to see its Academy team win a national championship since the Development Academy’s inception in 2007.
With Fire owner Andrew Hauptman in attendance, the team absorbed some initial pressure from Cal Odyssey, though the Fire were first on the score board in the 20th minute. Victor Pineda’s corner kick from the right found a streaking Luis Medina from the opposite side. Medina hit a first-time volley past Odyssey goalkeeper Matt Dishno to put the Fire ahead 1-0.
Cal Odyssey looked the better side for much of the match and responded in the 56th minute when captain Villyan Bijev laid off a pass for his striker partner Gregory Antongnoli, who slotted a shot past Fire goalkeeper Robert Euler to level the match, with the goal eventually leading to extra time.
The Fire shot first, sending Victor Pineda to the spot. Despite Dishno going to the correct side, Pineda’s sniping shot to the right side netting put the Fire ahead 1-0. Cal goal scorer Antongnoli stepped up for the first Odyssey shot, and his effort to the right was initially blocked by Euler—but the powerful effort spun over the goal line to level the shootout tiebreaker.
Substitute Henrik Egly, brought on in the 108th minute with penalties in mind, made good on Head Coach Larry Sunderland’s confidence, finishing to the right back post. Jon-Paul Medina then walked up for Odyssey, and it was here that Euler gave his team the advantage, diving to the left and palming away Medina’s shot.
After both Luis Medina and Eduardo Cuautle for the Fire and Flores and Bijev for Odyssey traded goals, midfielder Andrew Conner stepped up and powered the winning kick inside the left post to give the Fire the 2010 USSF Development Academy National Championship.
CHICAGO FIRE UPENDED BY THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1-0 IN SUPERLIGA ACTION
New England forward Marko Perovic’s 77th minute goal proved the difference as the Fire were defeated by the New England Revolution 1-0 in SuperLiga Group B play at TOYOTA PARK this past Saturday night.
The Fire (0-2-0, 0 points) owned possession for the majority of the match, but were undone when Perovic snagged a late goal to give the Revs (2-0-0, 6 points) a place in the SuperLiga semifinals. The 1-0 loss, coupled with the Monarcas Morelia – Pumas UNAM 2-2 draw, mathematically eliminated the Fire from advancing in SuperLiga play.
In the 77th minute, Revs midfielder Kheli Dube deflected the ball away from Fire defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe where it fell to Perovic who fired a low-driven shot inside of the right post past Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson to give the Revs a 1-0 lead they would never relinquish.
CHICAGO FIRE FORWARD BRIAN MCBRIDE TO VISIT CHILDREN’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Chicago Fire Forward Brian McBride, in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Foundation, will visit Children's Memorial Hospital on Thursday, July 22 at 2:30 PM CT to help spread joy to its patients. During his visit, the Fire forward will donate a large World Cup Jabulani soccer ball and present the hospital a check on behalf of the Chicago Fire Foundation.
Since 1882, Children’s Memorial Hospital has been guided by the belief that all children should be able to grow up in a protective and nurturing environment, where each child is given the opportunity to reach his or her potential. The Chicago Fire Foundation is currently accepting donations in support of Children’s Memorial Hospital and is dedicated to enriching the quality of life of the Chicagoland community, particularly its youth.
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CHICAGO FIRE, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER AND THE HOME DEPOT SEARCH FOR COMMUNITY MVPS
Fans throughout the League will have an opportunity to nominate individuals who are committed to going above and beyond in their communities. Winners will be selected based on their efforts in one of the following areas: general community service; youth programming; environmental sustainability; health and wellness; education; military or civic service.
The Community MVP contest is part of the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Community Service Program – a collaborative effort to combine sport and service, promote goodwill within MLS markets and improve lives and communities at the grassroots level.
One (1) Community MVP will be chosen to represent each MLS club. Winners will receive a $500 gift card provided by The Home Depot, along with a trip to MLS Cup 2010 in Toronto (round-trip coach airfare provided by American Airlines). Official MLS merchandise will also be a part of the prize package. Nominations must be 500 words or less and can be submitted by visitingwww.MLSsoccer.com/communitymvp. The contest will be open until September 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM ET. Winners will be announced onMLSsoccer.com and recognized during halftime of MLS Cup 2010 at BMO Field in Toronto.
FIRE IN THE NEWS
Castillo, Bravo show MLS is viable option for Mexican players – Luis Bueno – Goal.com – July 18, 2010
Fire acquire Mexican National vet Castillo – Jack McCarthy – Chicago Tribune – July 17, 2010
Fire captures USSFDA National Title – Curt Herron – Chicagolandsoccer.net – July 16, 2010
CHICAGO FIRE TEAM WRITER, JEFF CRANDALL FEATURES ON CHICAGO-FIRE.COM
Pappa’s Growth: Guatemalan international named to MLS All-Star Team – July 16
Sides with a Past: Fire and Morelia have met before – July 13,
Two-Post Kinney: The bar is unkind to rookie in first start – July
INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Individual game tickets for all 2010 MLS regular season Chicago Fire matches at TOYOTA PARK are now on sale. The Fire have individual tickets starting at just $22. For more information on any Chicago Fire ticket package please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or visit the club’s official website at www.chicago-fire.com.
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