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.
1mMembers of the Chicago Fire have been closely following the U.S. men's national team during the World Cup, and they said they're proud of their fellow players fighting to advance to the round of 16.
1mThousands of USA soccer fans packed the streets of Chicago to watch Sunday evening's World Cup match between USA and Portugal.
1mThe United States seemed on their way to advancing from the Group of Death until Ronaldo found Varela in the 95th minute to force a draw, meaning the U.S. must draw against Germany to advance.
1mDue 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.
1mAfter 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.
1mThe 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.
1mAfter 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.