May 30, 2008

The Toffees are coming! The Toffees are coming!

Following on the heels of the announcement that FC Barcelona will meet the New York Red Bulls this summer, the Chicago Fire revealed that they will play EPL side Everton in a friendly on July 30 at Toyota Park.

The match will mark a return of sorts for Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. The American starter spent five seasons with the then-MetroStars in MLS before moving to England in 2003. He played for Manchester United before making a move in 2006 to Goodison Park, where he become the number one keeper and a fan favorite.

The Fire have played an EPL team only once before, defeating Derby County, 1-0, in 1999 at Soldier's Field. In mid-May, the Men in Red drew 0-0 with Polish club Wisla Krakow.

Chicago is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the New England Revolution with two games in hand. They have a week off before hosting D.C. United at Toyota Park on June 7.

-- USA

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