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Open Fire: Soccer Is Back

"San Siro has a capacity of over 80,000," J.J. Stankevitz writes for "The home of Serie A giant Internazionale is one of the most intimidating venues in professional soccer. While Paolo Tornaghi never appeared in a match with Inter, he had an up close and personal look at world-class soccer in a world-class environment.

"And yet, the 23-year-old Italian was impressed by the atmosphere at Toyota Park for the Fire's home opener, which was played in front of 18,075 [on Saturday].

"'It was very emotional,' Tornaghi said. 'It was amazing coming into the field with all these people all for us, the fireworks, that was a great environment.'

"Thanks to the efforts of Tornaghi, though, that environment stayed great for 90 minutes as the Fire defeated Philadelphia 1-0. With the Union going with an all-out attack in the final 15 minutes, Tornaghi made a handful of outstanding saves, preserving the Fire's first victory of the season."

Let's take a look at the season ahead for the Fire, beginning with a video directed by defenseman Dan Gargan.

1. Back to the Grind.


2. Soccer Dads In Bloom.

3. Year For No Excuses.


4. Season Opener Highlights.


5. Oduro On Fire; Up For Goal Of The Week.

6. Next up: Fire Head To Colorado To Test Rapids.


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