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Fire to hold annual Locker Room Sale on Saturday at Toyota Park

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Fire to hold annual Locker Room Sale on Saturday at Toyota Park

The Chicago Fire is offering its biggest sale of the year - the annual Locker Room Sale - Saturday, Nov. 14 at Toyota Park.

Fans are encouraged to attend the event to pick up some Fire swag, including game-worn jerseys and other Fire merchandise. The items are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Premium season ticket holders are eligible to attend the Locker Room Sale first, from the 9-10 a.m. time slot. All season ticket holders have a spot from 10-11 a.m. and then the sale opens up to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale will go to the Chicago Fire Foundation and fans can get an extra 10 percent off their total purchase if they bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry Toy Drive.

Check out more information on the Fire's official website.

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

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Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

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Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.