The Fire are looking to build on the success of last year's international matchup against Manchester United. Chicago lost the game 3-1 but held a 1-0 lead on the Red Devils for the majority of the game and frankly should have scored at least three more times for the upset win.
Speaking of international players/teams that typically dwarf the Fire in terms of excitement, Chicago is coming off a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. Thierry Henry scored what is surely the goal of the season in the MLS and what might be the goal of the year in World Football.
No blame can be laid on the Fire for the loss as Henry connected on an extremely low-percentage shot. The hot New York weather slowed down the Fire and after two days' rest they look to surge back against an Aston Villa club that is coming off a dismal EPL season in which they finished 16th.
We're coming to you live from the stadium and we'll keep you updated on all the latest action in tonight's showdown.