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Fire Thu Mar 25 2010

The Flame is Reignited

The Chicago Fire are back in action. This Saturday marks the Fire's first regular season match up for 2010. After returning home last week from a six week tour around the United States, the Fire are ready to take on their next challenge. And with a 3-1-2 pre-season record, they are certainly off to a good start.

Despite some changes made to the team in the off-season, including hiring Carlos de los Cabos as the new head coach, releasing prize goal keeper Jon Busch and losing Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Fire appear optimistic about their upcoming year. They were able to draft strong young players and sign some experienced veterans. The Chicago Fire still have valuable players like forward Brian McBride, MLS All-Time Best XI, and defender CJ Brown, who is entering his 13th season with the Fire.

This season will be a long battle for the Fire, but the team hopes to make it to the playoffs again. It will all start this Saturday with their game against the New York Red Bulls in their newly built, state-of-the-art stadium, Red Bull Arena. Both coaches are making their MLS debuts, setting the stage for an intense contest between the clubs. The Fire defeated the Red Bulls twice last season, but New York is prepared to retaliate.

So get ready for another sizzling season of Chicago Fire soccer, and cheer on the team this Saturday for First Kick Weekend.

The event is set to start on March 27 at 6 p.m. and will air on ESPN and ESPN Desportes. The Fire's home opener is scheduled for April 10 against San Jose. Tickets are available for all regular season home games. For more information call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or visit the team's website.

 
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