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Fire Sued Over Canceled Mexico Tour Game

The Chicago Fire is being sued for breach of contract by the company that promoted its 2008 preseason tour of Mexico, Luis Arroyave reports. Mexico-based Administradora de Proyectos Neomed (APN), which sponsors and promotes soccer games, claims the Fire broke its agreement when it failed to play the third match of a three-game tour last winter.

The Fire played exhibition games in Culican on Feb. 27 and Aguascalientes on March 4, but canceled the game in Mexicali on March 11 because it felt field conditions were too poor at the Estadio Casas Geo. The team rescheduled for April 8 but later canceled the exhibition.

The lawsuit says the Fire told APN it was canceling the rescheduled game so that it could concentrate on the MLS season. APN claims it had already paid for airline tickets and hotel reservations. The lawsuit also alleges the Fire "failed to comply with the agreement when it refused to play the soccer match," and stated that "APN has been damaged in an amount in excess of $500,000, to be determined at trial."

"We believe this lawsuit to be frivolous and completely without merit," Fire spokeswoman Kelly Mullens said. "Once the real facts are revealed, we fully expect to prevail in winning this case."

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