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Legia Warsaw roster and schedule for Chicago Sister Cities International Cup

Legia Warsaw, Red Star Belgrade, Paris Saint-Germain and Chicago Fire to practice in front of fans 

CHICAGO, IL (May 17, 2010) – Club officials from Legia Warsaw today released the names of the players travelling to play in the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup presented by Best Buy.  The Chicago Fire and Paris Saint-Germain will kick off the tournament on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM with Legia Warsaw playing Red Star Belgrade immediately following the first match. The Championship match will feature the winning clubs and will immediately follow the Consolation match at 6:00 PM CT on Saturday, May 22.

Legia Warsaw will open their training session to the general public today at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 7:30 to 8:30 PM CT. Times and locations for each clubs open to the public training session are outlined below.

Fans can purchase tickets to the first-ever Chicago Sister Cities International Cup through the Club’s official website at www.chicago-fire.com or by calling the Chicago Fire at 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473). Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster.

Legia Warsaw Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS(2) Kostyantyn Makhnovskyy, Jakub Szumski
DEFENDERS(8):
Woiciech Szala, Dickson Choto, Pance Kumbev, Tomasz Kiełbowicz, Inaki Astiz, Marcin Komorowski, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Jakub Rzeźniczak

MIDFIELDERS(9): Piotr Giza, Maciej Iwański, Sebastian Szałachowski, Adam Banasiak, Maciej Rybus, Miroslav Radović, Tomasz Jarzębowski, Michal Zyro, Adam Banasiak

FORWARDS(4): Bartłomiej Grzelak, Fangzhuo Dong, Jakub Kosecki, Maciej Gorski

One of the most successful club’s in Polish soccer history, Legia Warsaw has won a total of eight league championships and 13 Polish Cups. Legia just complete their 2009/2010 campaign, finishing fourth place in the Polish Ekstraklasa with a 15-8-7 record on 52 points, one point shy of qualifying for the Europa League Tournament. The Polish side was founded in 1916 as the soccer club of the Polish Legions and after World War I, became the main soccer team of the Polish Army. The Legioniści (“Legioniers”) will return to Chicago for the fourth time, previously appearing in 1959, 1969 and 1999. The Fire defeated Legia 3-2 in June of 1999 with two former Legia players, Jerzy Podbrożny and Roman Kosecki, suiting up for the “Men in Red”.

CHICAGO SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL CUP TRAINING SCHEDULE

All of the below training times are open to fans and media.

NOTE: All times subject to change; Media should contact Chicago Fire Communications to confirm team-related events.

Monday, May 17

7:30 – 8:30 PM                   TRAINING: Legia Warsaw training session at University of Illinois – Chicago (Flames Field – 901 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608)

                                      Open to the general public

Tuesday, May 18

9:00 AM – Noon                 TRAINING: Chicago Fire training session at TOYOTA PARK Stadium Field (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455)

                                      Open to the general public

8:00 – 9:30 PM                   TRAINING: Red Star Belgrade training session at University of Illinois – Chicago (Flames Field – 901 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608)

                                      Open to the general public

Friday, May 21

5:00 – 6:30 PM                   TRAINING: Paris Saint-Germain training session at TOYOTA PARK Practice Field (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455)

                                      Open to the general public

For further information regarding schedule of events, credentials or any other questions relating to the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup please contact Becky Carroll, Chicago Fire Vice President of Communication and Community Affairs at 708.496.6726 or bcarroll@chicago-fire.com or Brendan Hannan, Fire Communications Manager at 708.496.6725 or bhannan@chicago-fire.com

ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer’s national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club’s official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

ABOUT TOYOTA PARK

Located 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and minutes from Midway airport off of I-55 on Harlem Avenue, TOYOTA PARK is the Midwest’s preeminent outdoor live entertainment and sporting facility. Opened in 2006, TOYOTA PARK not only serves as the home of the Chicago Fire, but also hosts a variety of sporting events, special events and concerts by national and international artists. In 2009, artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Phish performed live at TOYOTA PARK. In 2010, TOYOTA PARK will again host Jimmy Buffet and Phish, while welcoming back Eric Clapton and his Crossroads tour.

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