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Chicago Fire Soccer Club (generally known just 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 occasion’s 126th anniversary. The team began play in 1998 as one of the league’s first expansion groups. The Fire won the MLS Cup along with the U.S. Open Cup (the “double”) on their first season. They have actually also won U.S. Open Cups in 2000, 2003, and 2006; in addition to the 2003 MLS Supporters’ Shield.
The Fire preserves a substantial development system, consisting of 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 arena.
The official club colors are red and white. Over its history, the Fire have actually 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 referred to as a Florian’s cross. This design was chosen by the original general manager, Peter Wilt, to develop an ageless image evocative of both traditional 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), much like the logos of the Bears and Cubs. The six points in a ring around the center mention the stars in the Municipal Flag of Chicago, particularly the one commemorating 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 turquoise, black and green color pattern, and a logo embellished with a cobra. Team officials disregarded Nike’s work, and privately developed the Fire identity with the help of Adrenalin, Inc., a well-known sports-specific branding agency.
The original Fire shirts were picked because of their similarity to a Chicago firefighter’s coat, featuring broad horizontal stripes across 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 stayed remarkably constant ever since, continuously preserving the exact 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), up until 2012 when the white stripe was exchanged for a blue stripe. On the other hand, the Fire’s secondary shirts have actually changed much throughout the years from white with black, to white with navy, to white with red, to all-white style and the all-blue presently utilized. Third t-shirts have frequently been yellow (originally to honor the Chicago Sting, later on 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 discontinued during the sponsorship change to Adidas the next year.
The club and their fans make frequent use of the symbols of Chicago, as a show of civic pride. Most popular are the six-pointed Chicago stars, however the light blue color related to the city, the municipal gadget, and the city skyline appear regularly on materials produced by the club and its fans. The local flag of Chicago is also favored by fans and typically seen at the stadium, in a way comparable to making use of the flag of Catalonia by FC Barcelona fans but without a nationalist subtext.