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Wicky compares Soldier Field to Europe's best stadiums

Chicago

The Chicago Fire are back at Soldier Field for the first time since 2005, and they returned with a win.

The Fire shutout FC Cincinnati 3-0, to make a statement even if the stands were empty.

"Obviously, we wish that today there would have been 50, 60 thousand people here and the team would have been able to celebrate, in a normal world obviously, this victory because I only can imagine how it must be to win games here and score goals in a full stadium," Fire head coach Raphaël Wicky said.

"But the experience overall is great. I think it's a great start for us, coming back to Soldier Field for the club and having a clear victory."

Wicky knows a thing about atmospheres from his playing career. He spend time with Atlético Madrid in Spain and Hamburger SV in Germany. He's played and been in some of the biggest stadiums in Europe and in some of the biggest competitions, like the Champions League.

And he sees Soldier Field as on-par with the best stadiums in Europe.

"Look, it's an absolutely amazing stadium. Wicky said. "I was lucky enough in my career to play in some of the biggest stadiums in Europe, and also in my coaching career in Champions League, I was coaching in some very, very big stadiums.  But this is actually really, really nice. It's a big stadium but it's still very, very tight. It's a great experience."

And fans returning will only make it so much better.

 
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