Fresh off its first victory of the season, the Chicago Fire (1-1-1, 4 pts.) will take to the road for the third time in its first four contests when it heads to East Rutherford, NJ this Friday, Apr. 22 to take on the MetroStars (0-0-2, 2 pts.) in an Eastern Conference showdown. The rare Friday night contest will kick off from Giants Stadium at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2 as the first game in the network's second consecutive MLS doubleheader weekend. Fire fans can also tune into WRTO-AM 1200 (Spanish) and WNVR-AM 1030 (Polish) to follow the action live.
The Fire has controlled the overall series against the MetroStars by posting a 12-5-3 mark in regular season play against its Eastern Conference foe. The "Men in Red" have seemed just as comfortable in New Jersey as they have in Chicagoland, as the Fire has collected a 6-3-1 mark at Giants Stadium. The Fire and MetroStars drew even in their season series in 2004, with each squad posting a 1-1-2 record in four contests. After the Fire blanked the MetroStars 3-0 at Soldier Field on May 1 of last year, the two sides fought to a pair of 1-1 draws on May 15 and July 17. Chicago then saw its nine-game overall undefeated streak against the Metros (6-0-3) and six-match unbeaten streak at Giants Stadium (5-0-1) snapped in a 2-1 defeat on July 24.
Chicago Fire AthletiCo Injury Report
Capano, Craig - L torn ACL surgery - Out
Herron, Andy - L ankle sprain - Doubtful
Rolfe, Chris - L groin strain - Questionable
Sanneh, Tony - R hip and hamstring strain - Doubtful
Thornton, Zach - L oblique strain - Questionable
Thorrington, John - L hamstring strain - Questionable
Nate Jaqua Tally Against San Jose Changed To Own Goal
Major League Soccer has officially changed the scoring of Chicago's goal in the 58th minute of last Saturday's 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes to an own goal. The League ruled that the goal, initially credited to the Fire's Nate Jaqua, instead hit off the head of Earthquakes defender Craig Waibel. With the scoring change, the assists that were awarded to Justin Mapp and Ivan Guerrero on the goal were erased.
Tony Sanneh Sees Action as Chicago Fire Reserves Pick Up First Win
The Chicago Fire Reserves (1-1-0, 3 pts.) used a pair of first half goals from forward Chad Barrett and a late insurance tally by forward Will Johnson to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves (0-2-0, 0 pts.) by a score of 3-1 at UIC's Flames Field on Sunday in the team's home MLS Reserve League debut. Barrett gave the Fire an early advantage in the 23rd minute, as newcomer Jared Montz hit a well-placed cross that Barrett headed home just feet from the goal line to put the Fire up. Ten minutes later it was Barrett striking again, as the Fire's top 2005 SuperDraft pick bent a freekick from 23 yards into the upper right corner to double the lead. San Jose's James Twellman struck in the 89th minute to give San Jose hopes of a draw, but Johnson slotted home an empty net opportunity from 45 yards out to reach the final scoreline. The Fire Reserves will look to make it two in a row this weekend when they take on their counterparts from the MetroStars on Saturday, Apr. 23 at 9:00 a.m. CT.
The Fire also used yesterday's match to give D/M Tony Sanneh his first playing time of 2005, as the U.S. international played the first 45 minutes of the contest for the Fire Reserves before exiting at the half. Sanneh has been sidelined due to nagging hip and hamstring injuries that forced him to miss the Fire's entire 2005 preseason.
FireWorks for Kids Foundation Rolls Out the Red Carpet for The Game of Their Lives This Wednesday
The FireWorks for Kids Foundation - the Chicago Fire's charitable arm - will hold a red carpet private screening of the soon-to-be-released motion picture THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES (rated PG) this Wednesday, Apr. 20 at the Marcus Cinemas in Addison. The evening will include a wine/cheese and soda reception, a brief presentation featuring Gino Gard, a member of the 1950 U.S. World Cup team, a free bag of popcorn and the screening of the movie. A donation of $20 is requested for the event, with all proceeds benefiting the FireWorks for Kids Foundation. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT followed by a presentation at 7:15 p.m. and the viewing of the film at 7:30 p.m. Marcus Cinemas is located at 1555 W. Lake Street in Addison, IL. Tickets can be purchased in advance only by calling 312-705-7218. For more information on the film or to request an interview, please contact Sarah Beck at HNOW at 312-755-0888.
Fire Adds Defender Jared Montz to Roster, Waives Hollis Ryan Donaldson
The Fire announced last week the signing of defender Jared Montz to a developmental contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced. To make room on the team's 10-man developmental roster, the Fire waived defender Hollis Ryan Donaldson. Montz joins the Fire from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, where he played four years for one of the premier programs in NCAA Division II soccer. Montz was a three-year starter at Lynn, where he helped the Fighting Knights to an impressive 67-8-1 record from 2001-2004, including an undefeated 22-0-1 mark in 2003 en route to the school's first-ever Division II National Championship. Montz has played the full 90 minutes for the Chicago Fire Reserves in both of their MLS Reserve League contests thus far and added in assist in yesterday's 3-1 victory over San Jose. Donaldson, a product of Liberty University, did not see any time for the Fire's first team, but did play 90 minutes for the Fire Reserves in a 4-1 defeat at D.C. United on Apr. 10.
Fire Juniors to Hold Tryouts for All Age Groups in Early May
The Chicago Fire Juniors has announced that the club will be conducting tryouts for the 2005/2006 season during the first week of May at two locations in west suburban Wheaton, IL. On Sunday, May 1, the Senior Girls (U15-U18) tryouts will begin at the Hubble Middle School Alumni Field, while on Monday, May 2, the U12-U14 Boys and Girls will tryout at Seven Gables Park. On Saturday, May 7, the tryouts for U8-U11 Boys and Girls will be held at the Hubble Middle School Alumni Field. For a schedule including dates (and rain-out dates) and times for specific age groups and further information on the CFJ tryouts, including directions to the tryout sites, visit www.ChicagoFireJuniors.com or call the CFJ office at 312-705-7250.
Mexico vs. Poland set for April 27 at Soldier Field
Tickets to the doubleheader, which will range in price from $30 to $75, can be purchased via Ticketmaster by calling 312-559-1212 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Executive Suites are also available and can be purchased by calling the Fire's Premium Seating Department at 312-705-7239. The doubleheader is included in the Fire's full season ticket package, but is not included in the seven-game package.