Fire to play Manchester United

Updated: March 29, 2011, 10:47 AM ET
By Charlie Corr |

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire will host Manchester United at Soldier Field on July 23 as part of the World Football Challenge.

"We are excited to host Manchester United, one of the world's finest clubs, at home in Chicago, in front of our supporters," Fire owner Andrew Hauptman said in a statement. "Bringing United to Chicago helps the Fire continue to expand our reach in one of North America's premier soccer markets.

"Our participation in the World Football Challenge gives our players an opportunity to take on one of the most talented clubs on the planet, while galvanizing Chicago's vast soccer community."

The Red Devils' World Football Challenge schedule includes a match against the New England Revolution on July 13 in Foxborough, Mass.; the July 23 match against Chicago; the 2011 MLS All-Star Game against the Major League Soccer All-Stars at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on July 27 (7:30 p.m., ESPN2); and a match against FC Barcelona on July 30 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Charlie Corr covers the Fire for and ESPN 1000.