Two of England's more successful clubs rolled through Chicago this weekend and came away impressed with the state of U.S. soccer and the direction in which it's headed.
Harry Kane's fifth-minute goal was all Premier League side Tottenham needed to get past the Fire, 2-0, in a Saturday night friendly at Toyota Park.
Playing in what he admitted may have been his last match on home soil, 43-year-old American and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel thanked fans at Toyota Park for a classy sendoff.
3yAfter missing out on the MLS playoffs in 2010, the the Fire are ready for a far more successfull 2011 season. Logan Pause, Sean Johnson and Jalil Anibaba weigh in.
3yThe Fire will begin their season at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Men in Red will host Landon Donovan, David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel and the LA Galaxy at Toyota Park on Sunday, April 17.
3yThe Fire continued their rebuilding efforts on Thursday, after losing a number of their big name players, by signing Gaston Puerari.
3yThe Philadelphia Union shut out the Fire 1-0 on Saturday. Sebastien Le Toux scored the only goal of the game for the Union at the 36th minute mark. The Fire have now gone 0-3-2 in their past five games.
3yAs the short-handed Chicago Fire kept a 1-0 lead against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Omar Gonzalez headed in a corner by Landon Donovan, salvaging a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon.
3yThe Chicago Fire are five points out of playoff position and hope to step up their game and look to avoid a three-game slide as they play the Los Angeles Galaxy. Catch the game LIVE on Comcast SportsNet.
3yFredy Montero scored twice on Saturday night, but none were bigger than his header in stoppage time that boosted Seattle past the Fire with a 2-1 score. Chicago's only goal came from John Thorrington.