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Chicago Fire Soccer Club (normally known just 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 was founded on October 8, 1997, the occasion’s 126th anniversary. The team began play in 1998 as one of the league’s first growth teams. The Fire won the MLS Cup in addition to the United States 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 keeps a comprehensive advancement system, including the Chicago Fire U-23 (Premier Development League and Super-20 League teams), the Chicago Fire Development Academy, and the Chicago Fire Juniors youth organization. They also run 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 employed 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 known as a Florian’s cross. This style was selected by the original basic manager, Peter Wilt, to establish a classic image evocative of both timeless American sports (as in the logos of the NHL Original Six) and the customs of European soccer.
The logo design features a stylized ‘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, specifically the one honoring the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Nike, the Fire’s initial equipment supplier, meant for the team to be named the Chicago Rhythm. The Rhythm identity included a blue-green, black and green color design, and a logo design embellished with a cobra. Team authorities ignored Nike’s work, and independently developed the Fire identity with the help of Adrenalin, Inc., a widely known sports-specific branding agency.
The initial Fire t-shirts were picked because of their similarity to a Chicago firefighter’s coat, including broad horizontal stripes across the torso and sleeves. In the first year, the home jersey was red and white with a silver “FIRE” on the stripe; while the away shirts were white and black in the very same style. The jersey has actually stayed extremely constant since, continuously preserving the same format of an all-red shirt with a white horizontal chest stripe, even through modifications in equipment sponsor (from Nike, to Puma, and presently adidas), up until 2012 when the white stripe was exchanged for a blue stripe. Alternatively, the Fire’s secondary t-shirts have actually changed much for many years from white with black, to white with navy, to white with red, to all-white design and the all-blue currently utilized. Third t-shirts have typically been yellow (originally to honor the Chicago Sting, later for the ended collaboration with Morelia). A popular light blue third shirt was used in 2005, based on the Municipal Flag of Chicago however was ceased during the sponsorship change to Adidas the next year.
The club and their fans make regular use of the signs of Chicago, as a show of civic pride. Most prominent are the six-pointed Chicago stars, but the light blue color connected with the city, the community device, and the city horizon appear regularly on products produced by the club and its fans. The local flag of Chicago is also favored by fans and often seen at the arena, in a way similar to using the flag of Catalonia by FC Barcelona fans however without a nationalist subtext.