The Fire welcome FC Dallas to Toyota Park for the latest edition of the rivalry. The winner will take the Brimstone Cup. The Cup was created by the supporters groups of both clubs. The Chicago Fire and the then Dallas Burn as FC Dallas was called then. The trophy is engraved with a quote on its base from the Aeneid by Virgil. “The more kindled the combat rises high’r the more with fury burns the blazing fire”

The Fire won the first duel in 2001. The Dallas Burn then won the next series and retained the trophy due to a tie in 2003. Then won it outright in 2004. The Dallas Burn then became FC Dallas in 2005 and retained the Cup until the 2012 season when the Fire won it back and retrained until last season when Dallas won it back at home. The clubs now have only meeting so in the case of a tie the holding club retains the trophy. So let the battle begin, and let the Fire come out victorious. I remember being at Toyota Park in 2012 when the Fire won back the trophy for the first time since 2001, it was an immensely rewarding night. Hopefully the Brimstone cup will be the first of many trophies to grace the Toyota park pitch.

The Fire are coming off a dominating 3-0 shutout win over Colorado at home followed by their first win on the road a 1-0 victory over D.C. United. Nemanja Nikolic scored two goals in the Colorado game to become the Major League soccer top scorer. Nikolic, Brandon Vincent, and David Accam made the MLS Team of the Week. Fire Head Coach Velkjo Paunovic received his first Coach of the Week honor. FC Dallas however were handed their first defeat by the San Jose Earthquakes at home. So can the fire hand Dallas their second consecutive defeat? The Fire are undefeated at home this season at home with 5 wins and one tie. Dallas has a 2-0-2 record on the road, they have yet to lose on the road this season. The Fire are becoming more confident with every win, according to midfielder David Accam ““The confidence is huge now, “We feel like we can beat anyone in this league. And also control the game.” Accam has benefitted from the offseason additions to the team. “I think David is maturing a lot as a player,” McCarty said. “He’s a guy who tries to combine, he tries to get assists, he tries to make killer passes.” “He’s becoming more unselfish and through becoming more unselfish, he’s actually getting better chances for himself.” So can Accam and company bring the Brimstone home to Toyota Park?

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