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Mexican national team calls up Blanco for World Cup qualifying

May 15, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire News Release

CHICAGO, IL (May 15, 2009) - Chicago Fire midfielder Cuauhtémoc Blanco has been called to the Mexican National Team for World Cup Qualifying matches on June 6th against El Salvador, in San Salvador, and June 10th against Trinidad and Tobago at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Blanco has appeared in World Cup Qualifying matches for each of Mexico's last three World Cups, scoring nine goals. Blanco has also represented Mexico in two of the last three World Cups (1998, 2006) scoring two goals through eight games played.

"The national team manager is giving me another opportunity, and as I've said before, if I were called up, I'd be there," said Blanco. "Today I'm given the opportunity to again be with the national team, and we have to do things right so the Mexican national team heads to the World Cup."

The Fire are on a three game road stand, next facing Toronto FC on (May 16), New York Red Bulls (May 24), and Chivas USA (May 28). The Fire return home for their match against FC Dallas on May 31 (2 p.m. CT, My50, TeleFutura). Tickets are available by calling 888-MLS-FIRE, visiting the TOYOTA PARK box, or clicking on the TICKETS section of the club's official website, www.chicago-fire.com.


Chicago Fire Soccer was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL, located just 15 minutes from downtown Chicago off of I-55 and I-294.


Located 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and minutes from Midway airport off of I-55 on Harlem Avenue, TOYOTA PARK is the Midwest's preeminent outdoor live entertainment and sporting facility. Opened in 2006, TOYOTA PARK not only serves as the home of the Chicago Fire, but also hosts a variety of sporting events, special events, and concerts by national and international artists. In 2009, artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Phish will perform live at TOYOTA PARK.

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