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.
4mDax McCarty's goal in the 21st minute lifted the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Sunday. The deadlock, played in 28 degree temperatures, kept each team winless at 0-1-2 records.
4mMike Magee has missed the Fire's first two games of the year with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to be in the lineup Sunday when they host New York.
4mJeff Larentowicz scored in the 19th minute but Gaston Fernandez had the equalizer in the 79th minute as the Fire and Timbers played to a 1-1 draw in Portland.
4mBobby Burling sent in a corner kick in the 88th minute on Sunday as Chivas USA beat the Fire in Major League Soccer's season opener.
4mThe Chicago Fire will have new home jerseys this season, working with adidas to create a new kit that pays homage to the city of Chicago and some of its most iconic aspects.
4mMike Magee notched a hat trick against the Fire during the opening weekend of the MLS season in 2013, and now the Fire are happy to have him on their side from the get-go.
5mChicago Fire star Mike Magee, the MLS MVP in 2013, is reportedly holding out from camp in an effort to renegotiate his contract.