As evidenced by the World Cup, soccer's popularity is here to stay in the U.S. And the MLS and the Fire are reaping the rewards, seeing their popularity grow as the sport's grows across the country.
Brazil entered the 2014 World Cup as heavy favorites, but they won't be crowned champions as the host nation was embarrassed in front of its fans, falling 7-1 to Germany.
Harry Shipp scored the lone goal for the Chicago Fire, who played to their ninth draw in 15 games in a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC.
2wDue to copious amounts of rain in the past several days, the U.S. Soccer Federation has moved Chicago's World Cup watch party again, this time to Balbo Drive between Lake Shore and Columbus drives.
2wAfter losing 4-0 to Germany, anything other than a win against the U.S. would take Portugal's qualification for the last 16 out of their hands.
3wThe U.S. plays its next match in the Amazon Rainforest, where teams have complained about brutally hot conditions. The Americans are hoping that conditions aren't worse than they've seen before.
3wAfter an estimated 10,000 fans showed up to watch the U.S.-Ghana World Cup match at Arvey Field, the U.S. Soccer Federation is moving their next one to the home of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup rally.
3wAs Cristiano Ronaldo continues to face knee issues, questions are surfacing about whether he'll start against the United States.
3wAs the United States prepares for their showdown with Portugal on Sunday, the team may have to go into action without one of their top players.
3wJohn Brooks became the unlikely hero for the United States with an 86th-minute header that proved to be the game-winning goal as the U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 to open up their World Cup campaign.