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MLS – CHICAGO FIRE 2011 ACADEMY TRYOUTS – Wednesday, July 13 at Toyota Park Turf Field

MLS – CHICAGO FIRE 2011 ACADEMY TRYOUTS – Wednesday, July 13 at Toyota Park Turf Field

Chicago Fire LogoTrials to take place Wednesday, July 13 at Toyota Park Turf Field

 CHICAGO, IL (July 7, 2011)The Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced the tryout dates for their 2011/12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. Set for July 13 at the Toyota Park Turf Field, the tryout sessions will be held for players at the U16 and U18 age levels.

Founded in 2007 as part of Major League Soccer’s Home Grown Initiative, Developmental Academy members that spend a minimum of two years in the Chicago Fire’s Player Development program are eligible to be signed directly by the club, rather than enter the MLS SuperDraft where they can be selected by any of the league’s teams.

“We’re looking forward to kicking off our fifth Academy season and building off the success our Development Academy teams have had over the past few years,” said Chicago Fire Academy Director Larry Sunderland. “Major League Soccer’s Home Grown Initiative gives great incentive for us to further our reach in the Academy arena and we view this program as the best way to develop area talent into Fire professionals one day.”

Fully funded by the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the Academy’s only criteria for selection is a player’s ability and potential along with a desire to become a professional athlete. Online registration can be downloaded at www.chicago-fire.com/content/fire-academy.



Try Outs


Chicago Fire U16 Academy

(Boys 1995 & 1996 Age Groups)

Wednesday, July 13

Toyota Park Turf Field,

7000 S Harlem Ave

Bridgeview IL 60455

Chicago Fire U18 Academy

(Boys 1993 & 1994 Age Groups)


Wednesday, July 13

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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.


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 2010, TOYOTA PARK hosted Jimmy Buffett and Phish, while welcoming back Eric Clapton and his Crossroads tour. 

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