Clearly it's not the perfect balance that we would have in an ideal world. There's a challenge in opening a new stadium that presents a unique circumstances that we will see this year.

Peter has done a fantastic job as GM for the past seven years and has built one of the most successful and respected teams in MLS. Just as Peter has helped shape a successful past, I hope to shape a successful future.

I am very proud and honored to be given the opportunity to lead the Chicago Fire organization in the future.

The reality is we need to play games to accommodate the small MLS schedule. We need to play games in early June instead of mid-June.

It's been a general scheduling challenge. I'll leave it at that.

We are ecstatic to finally be able to announce the date of our Grand Opening game at our new stadium in Bridgeview. We know there has been much speculation and great anticipation in the community about this date, and we are thrilled that every soccer fan can now circle June 25 in their calendar.

We are disappointed that Will is leaving the Fire. We believe he could have had a bright future with our club, however, he was adamant about securing a Senior roster spot as opposed to a Developmental slot. When we looked at the depth of talent on our Senior roster, this was simply not a realistic option.

I'd also like to thank Samuel for his contributions to the squad last season and wish him the best of luck in the future. Samuel is a player with valuable international experience and is a tremendous professional. As we looked at our overall team needs for 2006, though, we simply decided it was more prudent to invest our financial resources in other players.