The Chicago Fire’s first three fixtures are now known. All three are against Western Conference foes and all potentially will be in cold weather.
The Fire will open their 21st season against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, March 3rd, at 8pm CT. The Rapids finished 10th in the West last season after going to the Western Conference finals the season before. The Rapids will have a new coach in former New Zealand national team coach Anthony Hudson and new players include ex-AIK man Johan Blomberg, Kip Colvey, and former LA Galaxy player Jack McBean. Last season, the Fire dismissed the Rapids, 3-0, at Toyota Park on May 17th.
The Fire’s home opener is the next Saturday against Sporting Kansas City with time to be announced. Sporting KC has also been in busy in bolstering talent by acquiring Kenwyne Jones from Atlanta, Khiry Shelton from NYCFC, and Yohan Coroizet as a designated player from Belgian side KV Mechelen. Last season, Sporting Kansas City defeated the Fire, 3-2, in the first match following the Gold Cup break. The two sides met in the Fire’s 2011 home opener with the Fire winning 3-2 on that day. Last year’s Fire home opener against New England was the coldest ever for a Fire match with the temperature at kickoff at 28º.
On St. Patrick’s Day, the Fire travel to Minnesota for the first time to take on United at TCF Bank Stadium. The Loons walked away 2-1 winners last season at Toyota Park. The Loons’ home opener last season was played in the snow against Atlanta United with the visitors winning, 6-1.
The remainder of the fixture list will be unveiled at a later date—usually sometime after the New Year.