Chicago Fire Schedule
The Chicago Fire are one of the premiere teams in Major League Soccer and have won the MLS
Cup along with the US Open Cup and every game is action packed and full of excitement and tension whether at home or on the
road. Fervent Fire fans have been cheering on the squad since their first game back in 1998. Continually fielding one of the
best teams in the MLS, the Chicago squad is a perennial contender for the MLS Cup championship and never fails to deliver
exciting and intriguing match ups to the thousands of fans who make it out to each and every home game.
Fire are currently currently jockeying for position to make the playoffs in the stacked Eastern Conference of the MLS. There
are still three regular season home games for the Fire to score some big wins in hopes of moving up the standings before the
playoffs. The first game is on September 20th at Toyota Park when DC United come to town. A win against DC United could go
a long way in boosting the Fire's morale heading into the homestretch of the MLS season. On October 5th the Montreal Impact
comes to Toyota Park for another big game. The final home game of the regular season will be on October 24th when the Houston
Dynamo come to town. This will be your last chance to cheer on the Chicago Fire and provide them with some momentum heading
into the postseason and is sure to be a thrilling game.
Chicago Fire Major League Soccer
plays in the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league in the United States and Canada and is also
a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular season which begins each March hoping to earn
a spot in the postseason. Each team plays thirty four regular season games with the regular season champion being awarded
the Supporters' Shield. The top ten teams advance to the playoffs with the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December.
The first season of the MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing
the league began as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional
soccer league in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American
teams in the CONCACAF Champions League while another team has the chance to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year
MLS gains more fans and it stands as one of the five major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
Chicago Fire Rivalries
In the early days of the MLS the Chicago Fire had fierce rivalries with FC Dallas and
the Los Angeles Galaxy after meeting several times during playoffs. The Fire still competes with FC Dallas for the Brimstone
Cup but meetings between Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles have become more infrequent after the Fire moved to the Eastern
Conference. Since the realignment of the league the Fire have developed quite a rivalry with the New England Revolution who
they have met in the MLS Cup Playoffs a record 8 times. The Columbus Crew are the nearest team to the Fire and a rivalry between
the two sides has been growing every year as well.
There are few events as exciting as
seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another. The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that
they love and are out there s much to advance the popularity of the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular
sport in the world and gives birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into a stadium when the local national
team is playing and you will understand what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning
slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as
"the beautiful game." You will be chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat, as move after move will
have you jumping up and cheering for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously
awaiting the next opportunity to attend a Chicago Fire game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
the Chicago Fire are named after the devastating Great Chicago Fire which took place on October 8, 1871,
126 years to the day before the soccer club was founded. The Chicago Fire have one of the best development programs in the
MLS which includes a Chicago Fire Development Academy and the Chicago Fire Premier.