Fire, Club America in talks for game at Wrigley

By Luis Arroyave

After seeing hockey fans fill an icy Wrigley Field to watch the Blackhawks and Red Wings on New Year’s Day 2009 and hearing the buzz surrounding November’s Illinois-Northwestern football game at the ballpark, it appears the Fire want “next.”

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the Fire and Cubs are kicking around the possibility of having Chicago’s MLS club play Mexico’s Club America in a friendly at the Friendly Confines.

A Cubs spokesperson confirmed the teams have been in talks but said in an e-mail that “there is nothing confirmed for 2010 or beyond.

“That said, we have looked into hosting a soccer game at Wrigley Field over the past two seasons and can contemplate seeing soccer at Wrigley in the future.”

The exhibition would be the first soccer game at Wrigley since the Chicago Sting of the defunct North American Soccer League stopped playing there in 1984.

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