The Crosstown Podcast: Copa América edition

On Friday, Juan Pimiento of The Man Uverse blog spent the evening at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch and caught the opening match of Copa América. The Chicago Fire hosted an epic watch party with approximately 2,000 U.S. and Colombian fans in attendance. (Here’s another photo gallery of the event.)

Before the game, Pimiento and I sat down to record the second edition of our Crosstown Podcast. We discussed Friday’s upcoming match between the U.S. and Colombia. In addition to Copa América, we touched base on the USWNT’s current financial situation (will they strike?), updates on the Chicago Fire, and the status of the Chicago Red Stars, as they USWNT prepare for the Olympics.

Until next time, stay up-to-date on the latest soccer news by following Pimiento and me on Twitter.

 

The beautiful game in a beautiful city: A soccer lover’s guide to Chicago

U.S. Soccer recently announced that the USWNT will be playing a friendly in Chicago on July 9 against South Africa in preparation for the Olympics.

Several women’s soccer fans in the National Women’s Soccer League Supporters’ Facebook group have asked for recommendations on where to stay in Chicago and what to do while visiting. I put together a soccer-centric visitors guide that I hope that will be useful to those visiting Chicago in support of the beautiful game.

Exploring Chicago. Photo credit: Nicole Hack

Where to stay?

There are countless hotel options in Chicago and most of these will be close enough to the stadium that you can walk to the game. Here are a few fun, trendy hotel locations that I recommend:

If these hotels aren’t your cup of tea or within your budget, from hip to historic, there are plenty of other hotels to stay at while visiting.  Check out Travel + Leisure and Midwest Living for more options.

Neighborhoods:

Chicago is a big city, so you might not be sure what location best suits your needs. Here are recommended areas to stay in based on proximity to Soldier Field:

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The Chicago Fire celebrate the Copa América Centenario

Tonight the Chicago Fire hosted a party to kick off the Copa América Centenario at the PrivateBank Fire Pitch. The United States Men’s National Team faced Colombia in the opening match of the tournament that ended 2-0 in favor of the Colombians.

The USMNT may not have prevailed, but the watch party was a huge success with approximately 2,000 U.S. and Colombia fans in attendance.

Here’s a look at the festivities:

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Photo Credit: Joel Piktel and Nicole Hack