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Chicago Fire Soccer Club (usually known merely as the Chicago Fire) is an American professional soccer club based in the Chicago suburban area of Bridgeview, Illinois. The team competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference. The franchise is named after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and wased established on October 8, 1997, the event’s 126th anniversary. The team started 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”) on their first season. They have also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006; in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters’ Shield.
The Fire maintains a comprehensive development system, including the Chicago Fire U-23 (Premier Development League and Super-20 League groups), the Chicago Fire Development Academy, and the Chicago Fire Juniors youth organization. They also operate the Chicago Fire Foundation, the team’s community-based charitable division. Toyota Park is the Fire’s home stadium.
The official club colors are red and white. Over its history, the Fire have actually also used navy blue, sky blue, and black as alternate colors.
The Chicago Fire logo design is stemmed from the standard shape of a fire department’s crest (also revealed by the Chicago Fire Department), also called a Florian’s cross. This design was selected by the original basic manager, Peter Wilt, to develop a timeless image expressive of both timeless American sports (as in the logo designs of the NHL Original Six) and the customs of European soccer.
The logo features an elegant ‘C’ at its heart (representing Chicago), similar to the logo designs of the Bears and Cubs. The six points in a ring around the center allude to the stars in the Municipal Flag of Chicago, particularly the one celebrating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Nike, the Fire’s initial devices supplier, planned for the team to be named the Chicago Rhythm. The Rhythm identity included a turquoise, black and green color pattern, and a logo embellished with a cobra. Team officials disregarded Nike’s work, and independently established the Fire identity with the help of Adrenalin, Inc., a popular sports-specific branding firm.
The initial Fire t-shirts were picked because of their resemblance to a Chicago fireman’s coat, including broad horizontal stripes throughout the upper body and sleeves. In the first year, the home jersey was red and white with a silver “FIRE” on the stripe; while the away t-shirts were white and black in the exact same design. The jersey has actually stayed remarkably constant ever since, continuously keeping the exact same format of an all-red t-shirt with a white horizontal chest stripe, even through modifications in devices sponsor (from Nike, to Puma, and presently adidas), till 2012 when the white stripe was exchanged for a blue stripe. On the other hand, the Fire’s secondary t-shirts have changed much over the years from white with black, to white with navy, to white with red, to all-white style and the all-blue currently utilized. Third t-shirts have actually typically been yellow (originally to honor the Chicago Sting, later for the expired partnership with Morelia). A popular light blue third t-shirt was worn in 2005, based upon the Municipal Flag of Chicago but was stopped during the sponsorship change to Adidas the next year.
The club and their fans make regular use of the symbols of Chicago, as a show of civic pride. Most prominent are the six-pointed Chicago stars, but the light blue color related to the city, the municipal gadget, and the city horizon appear frequently on products produced by the club and its fans. The municipal flag of Chicago is also favored by fans and often seen at the stadium, in a way akin to using the flag of Catalonia by FC Barcelona fans however without a nationalist subtext.