Fire-Aston Villa match to be streamed worldwide

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Fire-Aston Villa match to be streamed worldwide

The Fire welcome Barclays Premier League-side Aston Villa to Toyota Park Saturday, and CSNChicago.com and Chicago-Fire.com will offer an exclusive live stream of the match, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It's the first time the Fire will have an international friendly streamed online, and it's the first time CSNChicago.com will do the same.

Aston Villa features a pair of Chicago-area natives on their squad in defender Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove) and recently re-signed goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Homer Glen), as well as top-class talents such as striker Darren Bent, defender Stephen Warnock and goalkeeper Shay Given.

The Fire-Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar will be streamed worldwide, giving Fire and Villa supporters unprecedented access to watching their clubs. Fans can also use the hashtag FIREvAVFC to join the discussion on Twitter.

The Fire and CSN Chicago will give away 10 tickets to the match on social media leading up to Saturday, and two fans who use the FIREvAVFC hashtag will receive a personalized Fire jersey.

We are excited to bring the Chicago Fire vs. Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar to an international audience, Fire Vice President of Marketing and Communications Emigdio Gamboa said. The Fire have teamed with a local media partner, CSN Chicago, to create and provide a unique digital offering. The livestream provides supporters who cannot make it to Toyota Park an opportunity to watch two top flight teams face off in Chicago, one of the worlds great soccer cities.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty