Major League Soccer announced its full 2010 schedule Wednesday. The Chicago Fire start their regular season on the road when they travel to the brand-new Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m. CT on March 27. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The Fire's full 30-game MLS schedule is available at Chicago-Fire.com.
Among some of the notable Fire games are their first two matches against the expansion Philadelphia Union. Fire alum and Union head coach Peter Nowak's squad travels to Toyota Park for a 7:30 p.m. match on June 5 (ESPN). The second leg at Philadelphia takes place on Sept. 11. By then, the Union's new stadium in Chester, Pa., will be open for business.
On July 8, the Fire face Real Salt Lake for the first time since falling to RSL in the Eastern Conference Final in a shootout. Chicago had a win and a draw in its two regular-season meetings against Real last year. The playoffs were a different story. Game time is at 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Park (ESPN2).
Not yet listed on the schedule is SuperLiga 2010. The Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution represent the MLS side. Details of Mexico's Primera A opponents and tournament dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Midweek at TP: One notable element of the Fire's 2010 schedule is two Wednesday and two Thursday matches at Toyota Park. Hopefully for the team's sake, their supporters can duck out of a portion of their workweek a little early. Among last year's league home games, the Fire had only one Wednesday match against the Los Angeles Galaxy and one Thursday match to end the regular season portion of their schedule against Chivas USA.