With a big weekend approaching in the Chicago sports world, both for the city’s MLS soccer team and for the NFL Chicago Bears, some of the biggest stories involving this weeks preparations involve injuries. With a few days left until either the Fire or the Bears take the field, both teams are finding key players will be missing or questionable for their weekend matches.
As the Chicago Fire prepare to take on the Columbus Crew at their home stadium of Toyota Park this weekend, they will be without a few key players. After last weeks matchup featured a roster without Daniel Paladini and Pavel Pardo, the Fire felt the pressure of playing without some of their key stars, despite putting forth a strong performance. While their September 15th matchup without the two players was undoubtedly difficult for the Fire to overcome, it seems as though their upcoming Sept. 22nd game will give the Fire similar issues. According to recent mid-week reports Cory Gibbs will be out of the game for right knee meniscus repair and Steven Kinney will be questionable as he deals with groin pain. Dan Gargan on the other hand, is listed as questionable for the upcoming Eastern Conference match up.
However, the Chicago Fire aren’t the only ones preparing for a home matchup that may be plagued by injury. It was revealed this week that the Bears’ star running back Matt Forte who fans thought was suffering from a high ankle sprain, actually has more serious of an injury than many assumed. It has been revealed that the running back is dealing with an actual ankle sprain and one that could have him struggling for longer than expected. Although it is unclear how long Matt Forte will be out, there is no denying that his absence will greatly impact the Bears’ already suffering offense.
It is currently unclear if Matt Forte will be able to play at all in the Bears’ week three game against the Saint Louis Rams. However, whether Forte is limited in his minutes or rides the bench the whole game, there is no denying that this injury means fans will be seeing more depth from the Bears in this upcoming home game. The Bears will be taking on the Rams Sunday at Soldier Field, so fans will want to get their tickets soon to find out who will be performing as the team’s running back.
This weekend brought a great deal of excitement to the Windy City, especially at downtown Soldier Field when the Bears pulled out one of the most exciting wins in recent history to clinch a victory against the Panthers. After struggling early on in the game, the Bears came back from a major deficit late in the fourth quarter to secure a win 23-22 over the Panthers. This win had fans in Soldier Field on their feet and cheering loud enough for the entire city to hear, but they weren’t the only Chicago sports fans making noise over the weekend.
Fans of the Chicago Bulls were dealt some hard news when it was revealed that injured star Derrick Rose will not only not be returning to the team for their first regular season games this week but that he will likely not even be on the bench for games. The news came as a hard blow for many Chicago Bulls fans who were hoping for a miracle and a quicker return for their city’s star. While fans won’t be seeing much of Rose they will be seeing the rest of the Chicago Bulls live in their first regular season game this week, which will kick off on Wednesday October 31st. The Bulls will be playing at their home United Center against Sacramento. Those looking to celebrate the official kick off of the NBA season will want to get their tickets to this event soon.
Meanwhile the Chicago Fire, the city’s premier soccer team is preparing for what will be the biggest game of their season thus far. After drawing a play-in game for the upcoming MLS playoffs. The team will have to compete in a one-off knockout match against Houston to find out if they will move forward in the playoffs. The game is sure to be a nail biter as losing the match will end the playoff hopes for the fire as well as their entire season. The game will take place on Wednesday night at home in Chicago. The team has expressed great appreciation for their draw in the tournament and the ability to play at home in this very important game. Fans of the Fire will want to make sure they are there to support the club in this severely important matchup Wednesday night. Tickets have been selling fast so fans of the team will want to act now to get in on all of this lifve soccer play off action.
While Thursday night was quite at Soldier Field, the city of Chicago still anxiously awaited the big night’s big match up between the Chicago Bears and their rivals the Greenbay Packers. The Bears went on the road to Greenbay to face the Packers, and despite having a promising season opener against the Colts, the Bears were unable to pull out another victory. After a shocking faked field goal touchdown from the Packers the Bears faced their first defeat of the season 10-23. Despite the devastating loss will have a long week ahead of them to prepare for next Sundays games against the Rams in St. Louis.
While the Bears were out of town on Thursday, most of the city turned their attention to the Chicago White Sox Thursday night as they prepared for their last home game before a 10 game road trip. However, Chicago fans were dealt another disappointment when heavy rains cancelled the White Sox’s match up against the Detroit Tigers, causing the game to be postponed until Monday, September 17th. While the White Sox will be on the road all weekend, they will return home to Chicago on Monday to play in the makeup game.
This not only means the White Sox will make an appearance during what was supposed to be a 10 game away game streak, but baseball fans will get to see both home teams play on September 17th at Wrigley Field. After the White Sox take on the Tigers at 1:10 PM the Cubs will take the field against for the final game in the five game series against the Pirates at 7:05 PM that night.
While baseball fans gear up for what should be an exciting day in Chicago baseball on Monday, soccer fans are setting their sites on this weekend’s match up between the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact. The Fire will be coming off Wednesdays big win over Toronto FC; a game that moved the Fire even closer to claiming the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Fire who have won five of their last 6 games is currently tied for 3rd in the MLS and looking to improve their rankings on Saturday. The home game will be held at Toyota Park at 7:30 PM and could be the Fire’s ticket to securing first place in their conference. All eyes will be on the Fire to prove they are the best in the league; will you be there Saturday to see them face the Impact?
Chicago Sports Fans See Big Morale Boost After Weekend of Victories
Over the weekend, Chicago sports fans had a lot to cheer about. In fact it was their enthusiastic cheering that got many Bears supporters in trouble on Sunday. On Sunday the Bears hosted their highly anticipated opening game against the Indiana Colts. Just as many fans expected, the Bears walked away from the face off with a 41-21 victory at their home stadium. While fans anxiously watched the Bears’ Jay Locker take the field, many noticed an entirely new type of hand signal coming from the quarterback. Locker was actually signaling to the fans at Soldier Field to quite down when the Bears offense was on the field.
The riled up fans around the stadium were having trouble controlling their excitement over the Bears early lead in the game, and Locker actually felt that the fans were too excited and that Soldier Field was simply too loud for him to hear his fellow teammates in the huddle. Coach Love Smith also echoed Cutler’s concerns after the game, stating he appreciates the enthusiasm of Chicago fans, but would prefer if they were only loud when the defense is on the field. While many sports commentators and spectators have been offering their opinions on the Bear’s concerns over fan noise, one thing is for sure; Chicago fans were certainly ready for the NFL season to start.
Not to be upstaged by the Bears big opening win, the Chicago Cubs hit the road to take on the Pirates this weekend, in an important late series season series that could greatly impact the rest of the Cubs season. With baseball heading into its final few weeks the Cubs needed a series sweep to hold their standings in the league. After suffering a sweep from the Pirates at home, the Cubs proved they were ready for vengeance, after winning their series ending with Sunday’s 4-2 win.
The win came at the perfect time for the Cubs after a rather substantial dry spell, and will give them the boost needed to take on the Astros on the road and then head back home on September 14th to face the Pirates again on their home field for a four game series. The Chicago Cubs will be looking to seek revenge from their last home meeting with the Pirates, do you have your tickets for the big games of this series?