CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2015) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Wednesday that the club has renewed its partnership for two years with ESPN Chicago ((1000)) and will continue to broadcast the live, weekly Fire-themed soccer show beginning on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 a.m. CT. Returning hosts Fred Huebner and Kevin Egan will be joined in the booth by former U.S. Women’s National Team defender Danielle Slaton to anchor “Chicago Fire Weekly” presented by The PrivateBank.
“It’s a great opportunity for the club to continue this weekly radio show, allowing our fans another unique outlet to enjoy Fire coverage,” said Fire COO Atul Khosla. “The partnership with ESPN Radio allows us to keep reaching a wider audience and continue to engage with soccer fans in the Chicagoland area.”
"Chicago Fire Weekly" presented by The PrivateBank will continue its live, one-hour show covering the Chicago Fire and other soccer news from around MLS and the world. The show is scheduled to run for 33 weeks in 2015, beginning on Feb. 28 with an option to extend the show through the MLS playoffs. All shows will also be available via live streaming at ESPNChicago.com, as well as via downloadable podcast.
“ESPN Chicago is pleased to renew our partnership with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club,” said ESPN Chicago Vice President and General Manager John E. Cravens. “'Chicago Fire Weekly' will continue to air on Saturday mornings where fans will be updated and entertained on Chicago Fire team happenings.”
ADDITIONAL BIO INFORMATION:
Fred Huebner – Huebner is currently a part-time host at ESPN 1000 for various weekend shows including Talkin’ Baseball, Ultimate Postgame Show and Chicago’s Gameday. Fred also anchors the local updates during the Mike & Mike Show during the week. He knows soccer well as he currently does color commentating for girls high school soccer broadcasts on Comcast CN100. Fred is also a fan and familiar with the Fire, and served as the Fire’s play by play announcer for two games in 2007, and full seasons in 2008 and 2009 on My50 and FOX. @fred_huebner.
Kevin Egan – Egan is a television sports journalist from Dublin, Ireland, who has covered soccer at the highest level. After working for RTE (Ireland’s National Broadcaster) for five years, Egan moved to Chicago in 2009 and began working for the Big Ten Network. At BTN, Egan commentates on Big Ten soccer matches, while also presenting BTN Soccer Report, an online show covering the game within Big Ten country. In addition to serving as the color analyst for the Fire’s regionally broadcast matches on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Egan is the soccer host and analyst at 120 Sports, a real-time, all-encompassing live video sports programming network that is available across the nation via digital platforms. @Kev_Egan
Danielle Slaton – A five-year member of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Slaton won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and a bronze medal in the 2003 FIFA World Cup. A Northern California native, she led Santa Clara to the 2001 NCAA Championship where she was named tournament Defensive MVP. Slaton led the Carolina Courage to the 2002 Founders Cup and that year was named WUSA Defender of the Year before heading abroad, where she played for Olympic Lyonnais in the French First Division. Slaton, who recently served as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Northwestern University, is a women’s soccer analyst at the Big Ten Network. @DanielleVSlaton