The "Men in Red" are enjoying a short break from action this week in Chicago before departing Thursday morning for the squad's next preseason training trek to Oklahoma City, Okla. prior to the 2007 Saturn Cup, the Fire's preseason match-up versus FC Dallas on March 17. The Chicago Fire wrapped up its 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. last week, falling in each of the team's final two exhibitions in the Golden State. The Fire lost a 1-2 result to the Los Angeles Galaxy in its second of three West Coast tests last Tuesday, and finished its two-week stay suffering a similar 1-2 defeat to collegiate power UCLA on Friday. Chicago has confirmed that kick-off for its Saturn Cup contest in Norman, Okla. will start at 7:30 p.m. CT at John Crain Field. For more information, please visit www.saturncup.com.
2007 Chicago Fire Preseason Schedule
|2-10||Univ. of South Florida||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||4-0 W||1-0-0|
|2-10||U.S. U-17 Men's National Team||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||2-0 W||2-0-0|
|2-13||Columbus Crew||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||0-0 T||2-0-1|
|2-16||Real Salt Lake||Disney's Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, Fla.||2-1 W||3-0-1|
|2-18||Huston Dynamo||Disney's Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, Fla.||3-1 L||3-1-1|
|2-21||Kansas City Wizards||IMG Academy - Bradenton, Fla.||4-0 L||3-2-1|
|3-03||Chivas USA||The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.||2-1 W||4-2-1|
|3-06||Los Angeles Galaxy||The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.||2-1 L||4-3-1|
|3-09||UCLA||The Home Depot Center - Carson, Calif.||2-1 L||4-4-1|
|3-17||FC Dallas||Univ. of Oklahoma, John Crain Field - Norman, Okla.||7:30 p.m. CT|
|3-24||Miami FC||Tropical Park Stadium - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||5:00 p.m. ET|
|3-31||Chivas USA||M&F Bank Stadium - Ridgeland, Miss.||7:30 p.m. CT|
Sarachan trims roster prior to Oklahoma stint
As of March 1, all 13 MLS sides adhered to the mandatory 28-man roster deadline that states no more than 18 Senior roster players and 10 Developmental roster players - under contract - can be on any team. As a result, the Fire has waived Craig Capano, Leonard Griffin, Jared Montz, and John Thorrington. In addition, the Fire could not come to contractual terms will Tony Sanneh and Ryan Johnson after tending contract offers to both players and subsequently placed the duo on its Right of First Refusal list. The following is the current Chicago Fire preseason roster, by position/alphabetic order:
Goalkeepers (3): David Mahoney, Nick Noble, Matt Pickens
Defenders (9): C.J. Brown, Jeff Curtin, Jim Curtin, Erik Hort, Jordan Russolillo, Dasan Robinson, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare, Daniel Woolard
Midfielders (12): Chris Armas, Mike Banner, Pascal Bedrossian, Floyd Franks, Ivan Guerrero, Diego Gutierrez, Justin Mapp, Nate Norman, Logan Pause, Brian Plotkin, Osei Telesford, Thiago
Forwards (4): Chad Barrett, Calen Carr, Jerson Monteiro, Chris Rolfe
Newest additions to Chicago Fire? TOYOTA PARK stadium enhancements
While last week saw the departure of players from the Fire squad due to roster compliance, this week brings new additions to the home of the "Men in Red", TOYOTA PARK. Recently work has begun to construct a fully-furnished players' lounge located near the Fire team lockerroom in the bowels of the park, while high above in the southeastern concourse a new ISSA Hall of Fame will recognize Illinois coaches, players, personnel and teams of the past. Meanwhile, just outside the TOYOTA PARK Stadium Club, a re-conception of the adjacent lobby area has brought a change in seating, visual displays, colors and ambiance.
U.S. Men's Coach Bob Bradley named Keynote Speaker for Ninth Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon
The FireWorks for Kids Foundation (FWFK), the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire, is proud to announce that U.S. Men's National Team interim Head Coach and former Fire Head Coach Bob Bradley will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Foundation's 2007 Season Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by Ticketmaster. On Tuesday, April 3 the luncheon will be held at the Hilton Chicago, located at 720 S. Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago, beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT.
The Ninth Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon will provide Chicago soccer fans the first opportunity of the year to meet their favorite Fire players and coaches, and will be one of the few events of the season featuring the club's full roster. The event includes a reception followed by lunch and a short program as well as features the popular silent auction, which will include Fire and other sports memorabilia, gift certificates and much more. Tables of 10 cost $550, individual tickets are $65 each and the first 20 full paid tables will get to sit with a Chicago Fire player (individual player appearances are tentative and subject to change). This popular event will sell out, so act quickly and order your tickets today. For more information on the Ninth Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon or to purchase tickets for the event, please call the FWFK Foundation at 708-496-6740.
Singles nights at TOYOTA PARK... Individual Fire game tickets on sale now
Single game tickets for the 2007 Chicago Fire's regular season are now on sale. Fans can purchase tickets through any Ticketmaster outlet, by dialing 888-MLS-FIRE, or in person at the TOYOTA PARK Ticket Office (7000 S. Harlem Ave. in Bridgeview), Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT. Single game tickets for the much-anticipated Los Angeles Galaxy match on Oct. 21 will not be made available on a single-game basis, but seats to the big game are currently available through a number of Chicago Fire season ticket and group packages. Fans can get more information about these options by calling 888-MLS-FIRE and speaking to a Chicago Fire Customer Service representative.
Need 2007 Fire gear? The Chicago Fire Store is open
Get your Chicago Fire gear before the regular season opener on April 7 vs. New England Revolution. Visit the new Chicago Fire store, located in the downstairs lobby of TOYOTA PARK, open Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT. The store is now open for business and is fully stocked with the latest, officially-licensed adidas Fire merchandise. Don't be the only one not wearing red on Opening Day... come check out the newest line of Chicago Fire gear today.
"Chicago Fire 5-Pack" - including Oct. 21 home finale vs. L.A. Galaxy - on sale now
Fans have yet another option when it comes to catching games at TOYOTA PARK in 2007, as a special "Chicago Fire 5-Pack" ticket package is now available. The "Chicago Fire 5-Pack" includes seats for four Chicago Fire regular season contests - April 7 vs. New England (season opener); May 27 vs. Real Salt Lake; July 12 vs. Houston Dynamo; and the much-anticipated Oct. 21 season finale against the Los Angeles Galaxy, featuring David Beckham - and a home contest during the MLS Cup Playoffs. "Chicago Fire 5-Packs" start for as low as $100 and can be purchased over the phone by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE, online by clicking here or visiting in person at the TOYOTA PARK Ticket Office from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday. All other Chicago Fire season ticket packages for the team's 2007 season in Bridgeview are on sale and remain at 2006 prices. Those interested in more information, including all the benefits that go along with being a Fire Season Ticket Holder, are encouraged to call the Fire Ticket Hotline at 708-496-6800 or click on the "TICKETS" link at www.chicago-fire.com for more details.
Benefit game for Bill Quigley on March 31
In a further effort to assist with www.chicagofirealarm.com editor Bill Quigley's medical expenses after suffering a stroke on Jan. 19, the Barn Burners Soccer League will be holding a reunion benefit game prior to a Chicago Storm game at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. on March 31. The match in Quigley's honor will take place prior to the Storm's 1 p.m. CT kick-off. For a $20 donation, those participating will receive a single Storm match ticket and the opportunity to play in the pre-game tribute match.
Last, but never least...
Chicago Fire Media Relations would like to take this time to recognize the recent departure of former Fire Senior Manager of Media Relations, John Koluder. Koluder has left the Windy City and his Midwest roots to take a Senior Manager position within the Real Salt Lake Media Relations department. The Indiana University alum is survived by Media Relations Director Daniel Jankowski, as well as Manager Chris Bailey and intern Lauren Brophy. For those who would like to say a last goodbye to John before he makes his move to the mountains, a farewell celebration will take place this Wednesday, March 14 starting at 6:00 p.m. CT at The Full Shilling bar, located at 3724 N Clark St. in Chicago's Wrigleyville district.