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March 17, 2008 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Chicago Fire FC News Release


FIRE FACE RAPIDS IN MISSISSIPPI SATURDAY FOR FINAL PRESEASON MATCH

The Chicago Fire will close their preseason schedule on Saturday, March 22 in an exhibition against the Colorado Rapids at M&F Bank Stadium in Ridgeland, Miss. at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will complete a seven-day stay for the Fire in the Jackson, Miss. area and will mark the fifth consecutive year the Chicago club will end its preseason in the "Magnolia State" capital. The Fire will return to Chicago on Sunday, March 23.

CHICAGO FIRE WEEKLY AGENDA

** Sites/times subject to change. Please call 708.496.6726 to confirm training schedule. All times Central.

Monday, March 17 Training 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Ridgeland, Miss.

Tuesday, March 18 Training 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Ridgeland, Miss.

Wednesday, March 19 Training TBD

Thursday, March 20 Training 9:00 a.m., Ridgeland, Miss.

Friday, March 21 Training 9:00 a.m., Ridgeland, Miss.

Saturday, March 22 Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids, 3:30 p.m. - M&F Bank Stadium, Ridgeland, Miss.

Sunday, March 23 Return to Chicago

CHICAGO FIRE PRESEASON RECORD (3-0-4)

Feb. 9 3-1 W U.S. U-17 Men's National Team

Feb. 10 2-1 W University of South Florida

Feb. 13 3-2 W Columbus Crew

Feb. 16 1-1 T Kansas City Wizards

Feb. 20 1-1 T Toronto FC

Feb. 27 1-1 T Dorados de Sinaloa

March 4 1-1 T Necaxa

March 22 ------ Colorado Rapids

BARRETT AND CERVI START IN U.S. OLYMPIC QUALIFYING WIN VS. HONDURAS

Chicago Fire forward Chad Barrett and 2008 SuperDraft selection Dominic Cervi started and played 90 minutes in the U.S. U-23 Men's National Team's 1-0 win over the Honduran U-23 National Team Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Fla. Cervi earned his first "cap" in the 1-0 shutout win, helping the U.S. finish atop Group A in 2008 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. The U.S. will return to action on Thursday, March 20, when they face Canada in the Semifinal Round at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. At 8:00 p.m. CT.

10TH ANNUAL SEASON KICKOFF LUNCHEON NEARLY SOLD OUT

The FireWorks for Kids Foundation (FWFK), the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire, is proud to announce that the 10th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon on March 25 is nearly sold out, with limited seating available. 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, and will provide Chicago soccer fans the first opportunity of the year to meet their favorite Fire players and coaches.

Brian Davis, the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Fire's inaugural season, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 10th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon. Davis will host a conversation with "Fire Originals" C.J. Brown and Diego Gutierrez, reminiscing about 1998, in which the team captured the coveted "Domestic Double", and looking forward to the 2008 season. The Emcee for the day will be current Fire color analyst Chris Doran. The event will include a reception, followed by lunch and a short program, as well as the popular silent auction in which fans may bid on Fire and other sports memorabilia, gift certificates and much more. For more information on the 10th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, or to purchase tickets for the event, please call the FWFK Foundation at 708-496-6740.

CHICAGO FIRE ACADEMY WEEKLY AGENDA

** Sites/times subject to change. Please call 708-496-6577 to confirm training schedule. All times Central.

Monday, March 17: OFF

Tuesday, March 18: Training at Village of Bridgeview Sports Dome, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19: OFF

Thursday, March 20: Training at DeKalb Sports & Rec. Center Field House, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, March 21: OFF

Saturday, March 22: OFF

Sunday, March 23: OFF

For more information on the Chicago Fire Academy, please visit www.chicago-fire.com.


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