J Niice Article

Guest Blog: B96's J Niice

On April 10th, at Toyota Park it is time to strike! Strike the matches that light our BBQ grills for tailgating. Strike fear into the hearts of the few travelers from San Jose as they enter a sea of RED! The Chicago Fire will strike the match that will ignite the spirit of our city’s soccer fans. 


Chicago Fire soccer is officially back with OPENING NIGHT this Saturday and not a moment too soon! Take it from someone that was at the game last game of 2009 against now MLS champion, Real Salt Lake -- the suspense of those final moments could have only been heightened with a drum roll! Too bad “Conan O'Brien Show” drummer Max Weinberg didn’t bring his set with him to the park. After the semi-final  was  decided by a penalty kick…this season couldn’t start any sooner!

I’ve played soccer my entire life! I played throughout elementary, middle, high school and in College on club teams. So how did I arrive at this sport? If you grew up in a Jamaican household like mine, soccer (football) is most likely the sport you’ll know before any other. This was my experience. Although I was exposed to many sports as a child I instantly recognized a certain level of passion that came with being part of the soccer community. 

Whether watching Bob Marley play ‘Keep Up’ in a music video, out kicking with friends or hearing father scream at the TV, “KICK Di’ #$@% baaall my yute!”, I knew this game was special... Yah mon’, it’s a passionate sport and that passion runs deep through the island of Jamaica, the city of Chicago as evident through the Fire fans at Toyota Park, and most of our PLANET.

We Fire fans will start this season with some new features. You’ll see a new Chicago Fire scarf design, new player jerseys and even a few new faces on the pitch! I recently got a chance to talk to our newly drafted goalkeeper from UCF, Sean Johnson on the ‘B96 Morning Show’. He is also of Jamaican descent (Ya’ rude bwoy!!!) and very aware of how special Chicago is. He’s a big fan of Canadian rapper ‘Drake’ and I’m already taking the steps to make sure he gets a track played during the game on Saturday, JUST to make him feel at HOME at Toyota Park!

So on Saturday come to the home of Chicago Soccer and grill a burger, fold a taquito, lace up your boots and lets start the season! Shout out to SECTION 8! The craziest most dedicated group of people in the sport!

We love our players, we love our city, we love our SOCCER!