Striker Rolfe returns to Fire

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Striker Rolfe returns to Fire

The Fire scored only three goals in its first four matches, but that shortage of firepower could be alleviated with Mondays signing of Chris Rolfe.

Rolfe, 29, was a popular striker for the Fire from 2005-09, when he had 40 goals and 20 assists in 149 games across all competitions. The Fire got him as a third-round draft pick out of the University of Dayton, and his performance in his first stint with the club earned him his first U.S. national team callup as well as the chance to play for Danish SuperLiga side Aalborg BK.

Aalborg and Rolfe had a mutual parting of the ways recently, freeing Rolfe to return to the club where he began his pro career. With Aalborg, Rolfe had six goals in 32 matches over three seasons.

After getting his first U.S. cap while with the Fire, in a 2005 match vs. Scotland, Rolfe added 10 more in subsequent years and earned his first international point with an assist.

Rolfe is to arrive in Chicago late Monday and will make his first appearance with the club at a Wednesday training session at Toyota Park. The team has Tuesday off, following Mondays 1-0 win over Houston in a reserve team match in Bridgeview.

"Im thrilled to return to Chicago. The Fire has always been a special place for me," said Rolfe. "I look forward to getting in and putting in the work to help the team."

Coach Frank Klopas welcomed Rolfe back to the club, calling him "a proven goal-scorer with experience in MLS and abroad....Hell help us as we push for the MLS Cup."

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

Fire fans swarm O'Hare to greet Bastian Schweinsteiger

In the age of social media you can track something like Bastian Schweinsteiger's flight to Chicago in almost real-time.

The Chicago Fire publicized Schweinsteiger's Tuesday arrival in Chicago, giving fans details of when his plane was expected to arrive and at what terminal.

First, Schweinsteiger and his former tennis player wife, Ana Ivanovic, both tweeted photos to their millions of followers about their trip.

Once they arrived, the mob scene at O'Hare was on. Schweinsteiger was greeted by hundreds of fans.

Check out the video above for some footage of Schweinsteiger's arrival.

He will be introduced formally with a press conference on Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Fire Pitch in Chicago. The press conference will air on CSN+ and be streamed live on CSNChicago.com.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.