The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a professional American soccer club situated in the area of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team plays its home games at the Toyoto Park Stadium since the year 2006, under the team’s current head coach Frank Yallop. In addition, Frank Yallop is accompanied by his assistant coaches Clint Mathis, March Bircham and Aron Hyde.
Established in Octoer 8, 1997, the team’s home games were originally based on the Soldier Field. The club’s name “Chicago Fire” was taken out of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire.
The team’s most notable players during its early years were Piotr Nowak, Jerzy Podbrozny, Roman Kosecki, Jorge Campis, Chris Armad, C.J Brown, Zach Thornton and Czezh Lubos Kubik. The first year of the Chicago Fire was filled with much success, with the help of the club’s first head coach Bob Bradley.
In fact, the Fire won the 1998 Major League Soccer (MLS) Final Cup against the D.C United and defeated the Columbus Crew in Chicago during the 1997 U.S Open Cup, one week after their MLS Final Cup victory.
In the history of the Major League Soccer (MLS), the club has had several great players who had worn the Chicago Fire shirt, including some of the U.S internationals such as Brian McBride, Tony Sanneh, Cory Gibbs, Josh Wolf, Eric Wynalda, Chris Armas, Frank Klopas and Ante Razov.
The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is one of the most historically successful MLS clubs in the U.S Open Cup. The team had won various Major League Soccer (MLS) Final and Open Cup championships, including the years 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Aside from being highly noted as one of the most successful clubs in the MLS, the Chicago Fire also brings a good reputation and a name for importing international talents. Some of the team’s best players, who had also been considered as established veterans of the league, were Pavel Pardo, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Tomasz Frankowski, Lubos Kunik, Pipyr Nowak and Hristo Stoichkov.
Since its inception in the year 1997, the Fire came in a quick success and was even immediately recognized as one of the league’s most distinguished teams in the history. One of the most memorable successes of the club had happened back in the year 2000, where they won the U.S Open Cup against Kansas City.
The Chicago Fire had been purchased by the Andell Holdings LLC on September 6, 2007. The Andell Holdings, LLC is a private investment firm based in Los Angeles and is wholly managed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrew Hauptman.
According to the reports, the club was bought with an amount higher than $35 million. Under Hauptman’s ownership, the Chicago Fire’s success has stopped and has never won a major trophy.
The team has recruited Frank Yallop on October 31, 2013 as its new head coach and soccer director. Yallop’s arrival has brought the Chicago Fire to its current success, defeating two veteran players from Los Angeles and Montreal. For the past years, the team has had several colors such as navy blue, sky blue and black. Now, the club’s official colors are white and red with a “C” logo placed at the heart area.