The Chicago Fire (2-1-1, 7 pts.) will look for its third win in a row and sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday evening when it plays host its follow co-leader, the New England Revolution (2-0-1, 7 pts.), at Soldier Field in Chicago at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Fire-Revs match will serve as the first in an MLS-International soccer doubleheader, to be followed by the highly anticipated friendly between the national teams of Mexico and Poland at 8:30 p.m. CT. Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast the Chicago-New England contest, and fans can also tune into Chicagoland radio stations WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish) and WNVR 1030 AM (Polish) or listen to the webcast of those broadcasts and the English language call via the club's official website, www.Chicago-Fire.com. Telemundo will begin its live coverage of the Mexico-Poland match beginning at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets to the doubleheader, which 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.
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution
Wednesday, April 27 @ 6:00 p.m. CT: Soldier Field
TV: Fox Soccer Channel
Satellite: KU BAND SBS 6 Tr. 2
Audio: WRTO 1200 AM (Spanish), WNVR 1030 AM (Polish), www.Chicago-Fire.com
Chicago Fire AthletiCo Injury Report
Capano, Craig - L torn ACL surgery - Out
Sanneh, Tony - R hip and hamstring strain - Doubtful
Thorrington, John - L hamstring strain - Doubtful
Series History vs. New England
The Fire will be looking to even up its all-time series against the Revolution - and might also be looking for revenge after New England finished Chicago's 2004 campaign. The Fire trails New England 7-8-5 in their all-time regular season series, but has registered a 4-2-4 mark in games contested in Chicagoland, including a 3-1-2 record in six contests at Soldier Field. The Fire posted a 1-2-1 record against the Revolution last season, with the all-important tiebreaker in the regular season finale on Oct. 16 in Foxboro going to New England via a 2-1 result, a loss that pushed the Revs into the Eastern Conference's fourth and final playoff spot and left the Fire out of the postseason for the first time in club history.
Reiter to Arrive in Chicago Wednesday
It will take two flights and nearly 5,000 miles, but the long awaited arrival of forward Lubos Reiter is almost here, as the Slovakian striker is set to travel from Europe to Chicago on Wednesday. The arrival of Reiter, who was signed by the Fire on Apr. 5, had been postponed due to visa issues. Reiter still needs to sort through some paperwork before being officially added to the Fire's roster, but that could be resolved as early as Wednesday afternoon. While his availability for Wednesday's match is unlikely, Reiter could be included in the Fire's plans as soon as this Saturday for its road contest at the Columbus Crew.
Fire, Revs and Poland... Together Again?
Wednesday will mark the second time in nine months that the Fire has welcomed the New England Revolution and the Polish National Team into Soldier Field for an MLS-International soccer doubleheader. The first such event came on July 11, 2004 and resulted in a record crowd for a Fire home contest, as 39,529 fans witnessed the "Men in Red" and Revolution duel to a 1-1 draw after watching Poland and the United States fight to a similar 1-1 result.
Quick Kicks vs. Revolution