July 7, 2004
CHICAGO (July 7, 2004) - Chicago Fire fans were probably surprised, and more than a bit concerned, when MLS's winningest goalkeeper Zach Thornton decided to play for Benfica in Portugal. Well, he's back...just not with the Fire. Thornton got called in for the U.S. Men's National Team's match against Poland on Sunday, July 11 at Soldier Field, and for the past few days has been remembering his Chicago roots. Between catching up with friends and practice, Thornton sat down with ussoccer.com to talk about how the Benfica opportunity came about, why he took it, how it's going being back in Chicago and where he's planning on playing next year.