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Chicago Fire to Challenge A.C. Milan


The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it will play an international friendly against seven-time European Champions A.C. Milan at TOYOTA PARK on Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 PM CT. The two sides previously met in 2005 when the Rossoneri (Red-Blacks) edged the Fire 3-1 in a tightly contested match at Soldier Field. 

Tickets for the Fire vs. A.C. Milan match on Sunday, May 30th are currently available through the Fire Front Office. Tickets for this match are included in the Season Ticket and Ten Game packages as Bonus Game 1. Groups of 15 or more are available for all price sections and include a savings off the regular price. Fans that purchase tickets for this Saturday’s Fire match against the Houston Dynamo will receive a special pre-sale ticket link to purchase single game tickets on Friday, April 30 from Noon to 6:00 PM CT. Single game tickets for this match will go on-sale May 1 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster. To reserve your seats today please call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473) or visit the club’s official website

“The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is pleased to welcome another world-class club to Chicago,” said Fire President Dave Greeley. “As one of the world’s most storied clubs, A.C. Milan will guarantee an exciting, passionate match for fans of the Fire and the world’s game in their own backyard at TOYOTA PARK. It allows us to showcase Chicago as the world-class city it is and our supporters as the best in MLS.”

“It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to play against the Chicago Fire again,” said Umberto Gandini, Director, A.C. Milan. “This is our second visit to Chicago in recent years, but our first visit to TOYOTA PARK, a stadium specifically designed for soccer. The Fire have a passionate fan base and a very warm atmosphere at their matches and I am sure that our players will be ready to be part of an entertaining event.”

Since its founding in 1899, A.C. Milan has been one of the most recognizable clubs in Italy, winning 17 Serie A championships, five Coppa Italia and five Supercoppa Italiana. Internationally, the Rossoneri are one of the most successful teams in the world, capturing 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA international titles, including seven UEFA Champions League trophies, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup and two UEFA Cups.

A.C. Milan will bring a number of high-profile players for its friendly against the Fire. Scheduled to represent the Milan side will be legendary midfielders Ronaldinho of Brazil and Holland’s Clarence Seedorf.  Ronaldinho, the former FIFA World Player of the Year (2004, 2005), is recognized worldwide for leading FC Barcelona to two Spanish Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and the Catalan club’s second UEFA Champions League victory in its history. Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato is set to make his first trip to TOYOTA PARK. The 20-year-old forward has tallied 36 goals in 74 appearances since joining the San Siro outfit in 2007.  Current World Cup champion Filippo Inzaghi, who has appeared in 184 matches for the Rossoneri and A.C. Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini will also participate in the match against the Fire. A.C. Milan is committed to fielding all of its star players at TOYOTA PARK who are not obligated to World Cup duties.

A.C. Milan becomes the fourth European Sister City club to visit Chicago in 2010. Paris Saint-Germain, Legia Warsaw and Red Star Belgrade will all play at TOYOTA PARK during the Fire’s inaugural Chicago Sister Cities International Cup on Wednesday, May 19 and Saturday, May 22.