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Chicago Fire Soccer Club (generally known merely as the Chicago Fire) is an American professional soccer club based in the Chicago residential 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 began play in 1998 as one of the league’s first expansion teams. The Fire won the MLS Cup as well as 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 maintains a comprehensive advancement 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 also utilized navy blue, sky blue, and black as alternate colors.
The Chicago Fire logo is originated from the basic shape of a fire department’s crest (also shown by the Chicago Fire Department), also called a Florian’s cross. This style was selected by the initial general manager, Peter Wilt, to establish an ageless image evocative of both timeless American sports (as in the logos of the NHL Original Six) and the customs of European soccer.
The logo includes a stylized ‘C’ at its heart (representing Chicago), similar to the logo designs of the Bears and Cubs. The 6 points in a ring around the center allude to the stars in the Municipal Flag of Chicago, specifically the one commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Nike, the Fire’s original equipment provider, intended for the team to be named the Chicago Rhythm. The Rhythm identity included a blue-green, black and green color pattern, and a logo design adorned with a cobra. Team authorities ignored Nike’s work, and privately established the Fire identity with the help of Adrenalin, Inc., a widely known sports-specific branding company.
The original Fire shirts were chosen because of their resemblance to a Chicago fireman’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 same design. The jersey has stayed extremely continuous ever since, continuously preserving the same format of an all-red shirt with a white horizontal chest stripe, even through changes in devices sponsor (from Nike, to Puma, and presently adidas), till 2012 when the white stripe was exchanged for a blue stripe. Conversely, the Fire’s secondary t-shirts have actually 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 often been yellow (initially to honor the Chicago Sting, later for the ended partnership with Morelia). A popular light blue third t-shirt was worn in 2005, based on the Municipal Flag of Chicago but was terminated during the sponsorship change to Adidas the next year.
The club and their fans make frequent use of the symbols of Chicago, as a program of civic pride. Most prominent are the six-pointed Chicago stars, however the light blue color connected with the city, the community gadget, and the city horizon appear routinely on products produced by the club and its fans. The community flag of Chicago is also preferred by fans and typically seen at the arena, in a manner akin to using the flag of Catalonia by FC Barcelona fans however without a nationalist subtext.