The Fire welcome Barclays Premier League-side Aston Villa to Toyota Park Saturday, and CSNChicago.com and Chicago-Fire.com will offer an exclusive live stream of the match, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It's the first time the Fire will have an international friendly streamed online, and it's the first time CSNChicago.com will do the same.
Aston Villa features a pair of Chicago-area natives on their squad in defender Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove) and recently re-signed goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Homer Glen), as well as top-class talents such as striker Darren Bent, defender Stephen Warnock and goalkeeper Shay Given.
The Fire-Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar will be streamed worldwide, giving Fire and Villa supporters unprecedented access to watching their clubs. Fans can also use the hashtag FIREvAVFC to join the discussion on Twitter.
The Fire and CSN Chicago will give away 10 tickets to the match on social media leading up to Saturday, and two fans who use the FIREvAVFC hashtag will receive a personalized Fire jersey.
We are excited to bring the Chicago Fire vs. Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar to an international audience, Fire Vice President of Marketing and Communications Emigdio Gamboa said. The Fire have teamed with a local media partner, CSN Chicago, to create and provide a unique digital offering. The livestream provides supporters who cannot make it to Toyota Park an opportunity to watch two top flight teams face off in Chicago, one of the worlds great soccer cities.
We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.
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Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.
The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."
His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.
During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.
The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.
The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.
Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.