Chicago Fire Details
The Chicago Fire had early success as a franchise, winning the MLS Cup in its first season in the league in 1998, a feat nearly unheard of for expansion teams. In fact, lists of greatest first-year expansion clubs have a hard time even finding a winning record or two to include. In 1994, a team from Baltimore began play in the Canadian Football League, first as the "Baltimore Colts" and later as the "Stallions" after the courts had their says. The Baltimore Stallions went 12-6 in their debut season in the CFL and reached the Grey Cup, losing on a last-second field goal to the British Columbia Lions. The team later moved north to Montreal.
Before that, you've got to go all the way back to the 60s to find an expansion club even threatened to win a league title. The St. Louis Blues of 1967-68 rode the goaltending of Jacques Plante all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. But they were swept in the series.
That legendary Fire club was built by founding General Manager and club president Peter Wilt, who brought in a diverse group of stars from around the world, convincing footballers that the Windy City would feel like home. Piotr Nowak, the great midfield passer from Poland, finished 1998 with 12 assists. His fellow countryman Jerzy Podbronzy added 20 points. Czech striker Lubos Kubik tallied four game winners. But it was a pair of Americans, Bob Bradley on the bench and Zach Thornton in goal, who anchored the legendary team.
The Fire made it back to the MLS Cup Final in 2000, then underwent some ownership and venue changes after winning the Supporters Shield in 2003. Three straight losing seasons dogged loyal supporters' groups such as Section 8 Chicago over the course of 2014-16, but the Fire appear to be turning things around.
Head coach Veljko Paunovic’s took over in 2015, and has helped rebuild the roster into a competitive group. Bastian Schweinsteiger (formerly of Manchester United) signed with the Fire in 2017, and Paunovic's team posted a 16-11-7 record last season to reach the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2013. Supporting Schweinsteiger are Dax McCarty, who had previously been with the New York Red Bulls from 2011-2016, and Michael de Leeuw, a top-notch forward who missed much of last season due to injury but hopes to recover in time foe 2018.
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When do Chicago Fire playoff tickets go on sale?
If the Chicago Fire make the MLS Playoffs, playoff tickets should go on sale shortly after, typically in October. Be sure to sign up for an account so you can get alerts about Chicago Fire playoff tickets!
Chicago Fire schedule
For a list of upcoming Chicago Fire games, feel free to browse the game listings above. The 2017 Chicago Fire regular season runs from March 10, 2018 to October 28, 2018.
How much do Chicago Fire tickets cost?
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When do the Chicago Fire play Sporting Kansas City?
This 2017 season, the Chicago Fire play Sporting Kansas City on March 10 at Toyota Park.