Founded in 1997 at Navy Pier, on the anniversary of the Great Fire, the Fire immediately tapped into the diverse ethnic makeup of the city. The team brought in Polish players Piotr Nowak, Jerzy Podbrozny, and Roman Kostecki; the Mexican Jorge Campos; and the Czech Lubos Kubik. While all showed their talent while playing for Chicago that first year, American ...
MLS Cup 1998 was the third edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on October 25, 1998, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. It was contested by D.C. United, the two-time reigning champions, and the Chicago Fire, the first expansion team to reach the final. Chicago won the match 2–0, ...
History of the Fire FC
Chicago Fire Football Club is an American professional soccer franchise based in Chicago. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference, having moved to the conference in 2002.
The franchise named in memory of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, was founded as the Chicago Fire Soccer Club on October 8, 1997, the Great Fire's 126th anniversary. The team began to play in 1998 as one of the league's first expansion teams. The Fire won the MLS Cup as well as the U.S. Open Cup (the "double") in their first season in 1998. They also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006, in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters' Shield. In 2015, the club won the first ever MLS Wooden Spoon, and repeated the feat in 2016.
1998 – Present / Major League Soccer
1998 – Present / Chicago Fire FC
Chicago Fire FC – The franchise is named after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and was founded as the Chicago Fire Soccer Club on October 8, 1997,
MLS Cups 1
1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2020 – Present / Soldier Stadium
2006 - 2019 / SeatGeek Stadium
2002 - 2003 / Cardinal Stadium
2019 - Present / Jos Mansueto
2007 - 2019 / Andrew Hauptman (Andell Holdings)
1997 - 2007 / Anschutz Entertainment Group
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