Fire to provide in-game updates of Blackhawks-Ducks at Toyota Park


Fire to provide in-game updates of Blackhawks-Ducks at Toyota Park

The Chicago Fire host Eastern Conference foe Montreal Impact on Saturday with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. CT at Toyota Park. Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks travel to Anaheim to face the Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final with puck drop set for 7 p.m. CT.

See the problem? No worries.

With Fire and Blackhawks fans' best interest in mind, rest assured, the Men in Red have you covered. Just be sure to channel your inner Vince Vaughn from "Old School".  

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This may not be the last time the club could be forced to supply in-game updates, however.

Should the Blackhawks advance, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final will also conflict with the Men in Red's home tilt against Orlando City SC on June 6. 

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


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


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.