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.
1mObefemi Martins scored twice before his first-half ejection, Lamar Neagle added the winner and the Seattle Sounders earned their league-high 10th victory, beating the Chicago Fire 3-2 Saturday night.
1mThe Fire and Rapids battled to a scoreless draw in Colorado. Chicago earned a crucial road point from Wednesday night's result.
1mAt Soldier Field on Tuesday night, Mexico's eight-match winning streak ended thanks to a goal from Bosnia-Herzegovina's Izet Hajrovic to give Bosnia a 1-0 win.
1mThe Fire and Galaxy were scoreless in the first half but each added a goal, including one from Landon Donovan, as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Toyota Park.
2mThe Fire couldn't close the month of May with a third straight victory, dropping Saturday's contest against the Crew, 2-0, in Columbus. Federico Higuaín had a pair of assists for the Crew.
2mMike Magee converted two penalty kicks in a 10-minute span of the first half and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday.
2mThe Chicago Fire finally pulled out a victory Saturday night, using a barrage of goals to take down the New York Red Bulls in New Jersey.