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.
9mThe Chicago Fire look to close off the regular season by extending their winning streak (and ultimately their season) to four games as they are one win away from clinching a playoff berth.
9mThe Fire look to be in good shape to make the playoffs. But that doesn't mean this weekend's match with the New York Red Bulls isn't important.
9mSaturday's win for the Fire over Toronto FC boosted the team into fourth place, while four other teams continue to battle with the Fire for three postseason spots.
9mThe Fire can possibly clinch a playoff berth with a victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night, but they will need some help from other team's in MLS.
9mThe Fire's chances at a playoff spot are looking better following their 3-2 road win on Saturday over FC Dallas.
9mThe Fire have three matches left and are two points out of the playoffs. On Saturday, the team will go on the road to battle FC Dallas to inch closer to a playoff position.
9mWith a 3-0 road victory over D.C. United on Friday night, the Fire moved to 5th place in the Eastern Conference with 43 points in 31 matches this season.