Weekly update: Crew again
R knee inflammation - questionable
Mapp, Justin -- R knee Grade II LCL Sprain - out
Pause, Logan -- R foot stress fracture - out
Razov, Ante -- R arthroscopic ankle surgery - out
Whitfield, Evan -- L knee contusion - probable
For the Record:
"That's going to really hurt because I enjoy being with these guys. I love Chicago and I love this team. These guys make me feel great, that's why everything has happened the way it has so far." - Fire Forward Andy Herron, after his latest two-goal performance last Saturday against Columbus, on leaving the squad this week to report to the Costa Rican National Team.
4-4-Who? Jaqua's Red Card Leaves Fire Looking Back for Forwards
After picking up a pair of yellow cards, and a subsequent red card, in last Saturday's 3-3 draw at Columbus, Fire forward Nate Jaqua will be forced to sit out of this Wednesday's return match against the Crew at Soldier Field. Jaqua's suspension, his second of the season, will leave the Fire searching for options at the top of its attack, as the rest of the players that have made up the Fire's forward corps this season will either be gone for national team duty (Andy Herron, Damani Ralph, Dipsy Selolwane and Andy Williams) or will sit out due to injury (Justin Mapp and Ante Razov).
Chicago Fire Juniors to Hold Tryouts for Boys U-15 Through U-19 Teams on Oct. 31 in Wheaton, IL
The Chicago Fire Juniors, the official youth soccer club of the Chicago Fire, has announced that it will conduct tryouts for the club's U-15 through U-19 Boys teams on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Seven Gables Park in Wheaton, IL from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT. The tryouts will be held on fields A, B, C and D at Seven Gables Park, which is located between Roosevelt Rd. and Butterfield Rd. in Wheaton. In addition, a supplemental tryout will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Seven Gables Park from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT. This date will also serve as a make-up date should weather cancel the primary tryouts on Oct. 31. For more information on the Boys senior teams tryouts, please call the Chicago Fire Juniors at 630-882-8428 or visit www.chicagofirejuniors.com.
Fire to Face MetroStars Next Monday in National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Game
The Chicago Fire will take on the MetroStars in the first-ever MLS Inaugural Day exhibition match at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, NY next Monday, Oct. 11. Kickoff for the match is set for 12:30 p.m. CT at the Hall of Fame Campus on At-a-Glance Field. The match is part of the festivities surrounding the induction weekend that will see former MLS and Chicago Fire forward Eric Wynalda and former L.A. Galaxy defender Paul Caligiuri - enshrined as the League's first Hall of Fame inductees. Former U.S. Women's Nation Team stalwart Michelle Akers will be the third member of the Hall of Fame's "Class of 2004."