The Fire welcome Barclays Premier League-side Aston Villa to Toyota Park Saturday, and CSNChicago.com and Chicago-Fire.com will offer an exclusive live stream of the match, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. It's the first time the Fire will have an international friendly streamed online, and it's the first time CSNChicago.com will do the same.
Aston Villa features a pair of Chicago-area natives on their squad in defender Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove) and recently re-signed goalkeeper Brad Guzan (Homer Glen), as well as top-class talents such as striker Darren Bent, defender Stephen Warnock and goalkeeper Shay Given.
The Fire-Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar will be streamed worldwide, giving Fire and Villa supporters unprecedented access to watching their clubs. Fans can also use the hashtag FIREvAVFC to join the discussion on Twitter.
The Fire and CSN Chicago will give away 10 tickets to the match on social media leading up to Saturday, and two fans who use the FIREvAVFC hashtag will receive a personalized Fire jersey.
We are excited to bring the Chicago Fire vs. Aston Villa match presented by TrueCar to an international audience, Fire Vice President of Marketing and Communications Emigdio Gamboa said. The Fire have teamed with a local media partner, CSN Chicago, to create and provide a unique digital offering. The livestream provides supporters who cannot make it to Toyota Park an opportunity to watch two top flight teams face off in Chicago, one of the worlds great soccer cities.