Earlier this year Chicago was announced to host the MLS All Star game. The game was announced to be held in Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. But they had not announced what team was going to be traveling to the states to come up against the All Stars. On Saturday April 15th, MLS announced that Spanish Giants Real Madrid will be traveling to Chicago.
We’ve seen how Chicago has had its tough times with sports, but since this upcoming All Star game will be hosted in Chicago, soccer ratings should increase considering that the MLS is still not being considered much and not favored as much as other sports are in the states. Through this low MLS rating, the Fire has been getting significant amount of negativity in the last few years. Ever since the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, many futbol fans have had their eyes on the Fire. Bastian has had a good start so far and has done a lot for the team in the past three games. But, one thing that Bastian still couldn’t do which most including myself thought he would have the biggest impact on was increasing number of fans attending the Fire’s games. Yes, there has been a slight increase in number of fans attending the games, but the stadium is still not selling out or near it. So, what else can the Fire do? They had the huge signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger to Nemanja Nikolic, Juninho, and Dax McCarty, and the Fire have so far been more competitive than previous years resulting with great games. However, that’s apparently not enough for selling out an entire stadium for a futbol game. As I mentioned before, the MLS All Star game being hosted in Chicago will eventually increase futbol ratings in the United States, especially Chicago, and bring out more fans to attend Chicago Fire’s games. Hopefully, star European players like Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos and the rest of the Real Madrid team will make a big impact to the league especially if the MLS All Stars play a great game against Madrid.

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