The result was the worst competitive defeat in club history and saw Frank Yallop issue an apology to Chicago Fire supporters on the club's official website.
The club began with renewed hope, bringing three new Designated Player signings in David Accam , Shaun Maloney and Kennedy Igboananike to bolster an anemic attack.
With so many new pieces needing to adjust, marked the first time in club history the side began the season with an 0—3—0 record, but they showed signs of recovery by winning their next three matches.
Unfortunately, April was the last time the club would be anywhere near equal on wins and losses, but the side did still advance to another Lamar Hunt U.
Playing in front of a sparse crowd at the Philadelphia Union 's PPL Park , the Fire fell 1—0 at the same hurdle for the third straight season.
Less than two weeks later, Maloney, who was the club's center piece offseason signing, was transferred back to England with Hull City sighting personal reasons.
Despite no hope for a Cup final, widespread fan protests   and dim likelihood of a playoff berth, the club didn't part ways with Frank Yallop until September 20, , one day after another listless 1—0 home defeat to Orlando City SC.
Technical director Brian Bliss was given the interim head coaching job, with former player and current club vice president Logan Pause assisting for the remaining five matches.
The club has finished the season with an overall record of 8 wins, 20 losses and 6 ties. For the first time in the club's history Fire finished the season with zero road wins Twenty losses in a season became the highest in the club's history.
On March 21, Manchester United allowed Bastian Schweinsteiger to join Chicago Fire, subject to a medical and a visa being secured. On July 11, , the club announced that Hauptman had sold a 49 percent stake of his ownership to Joe Mansueto , the founder of Morningstar, Inc.
The official club colors are red and white. Over its history, the Fire have also employed navy blue, sky blue, and black as alternate colors.
The Chicago Fire logo is derived from the standard shape of a fire department's crest also shown by the Chicago Fire Department , also known as a Florian's cross.
This style was chosen by the original general manager, Peter Wilt, to establish a timeless image evocative of both classic American sports as in the logos of the NHL Original Six and the traditions of European soccer.
The logo features a stylized 'C' at its heart representing Chicago , similar to the logos 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 commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of Nike , the Fire's original equipment supplier, intended for the team to be named the Chicago Rhythm.
The Rhythm identity featured a turquoise, black and green color scheme, and a logo adorned with a cobra. Team officials ignored Nike's work, and privately developed the Fire identity with the help of Adrenalin, Inc.
The original Fire shirts were chosen because of their resemblance to a Chicago fireman's coat, featuring 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 style.
The jersey has remained remarkably constant ever since, continually maintaining the same format of an all-red shirt with a white horizontal chest stripe, even through changes in equipment sponsor from Nike , to Puma , and currently adidas , until when the white stripe was exchanged for a blue stripe.
Conversely, the Fire's secondary 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 used.
Third shirts have often been yellow originally to honor the Chicago Sting, later for the expired partnership with Morelia. A popular light blue third shirt was worn in , based on the Municipal Flag of Chicago but 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 prominent are the six-pointed Chicago stars, but the light blue color associated with the city, the municipal device, and the city skyline appear regularly on materials 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 manner akin to the use of the flag of Catalonia by FC Barcelona fans but without a nationalist subtext.
Chicago plays its home games at Toyota Park , a soccer-specific stadium located at 71st Street and Harlem Avenue in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois , about 12 miles southwest from downtown Chicago.
The Village of Bridgeview owns and operates Toyota Park. Toyota Park will be renamed SeatGeek Stadium after the end of the season, with an estimated price between 2.
They returned to Soldier Field toward the end of , remaining there through the end of There is a noteworthy fan culture for the Fire, existing from the date the club was founded, and building on an enthusiasm throughout Chicago sports.
At matches, supporters and ultras groups occupy a standing area directly behind the north goal, in the Harlem End of Toyota Park. Additionally, an associated spinoff group called "Sector Latino" congregates in the corner-kick Section at the stadium's southwest end.
Match atmosphere is known for organized displays of stadium-wide support, particularly for matches of prime competitive importance. Call-and-response cheering amongst the crowd is commonplace.
Their official mascot is Sparky, an anthropomorphic Dalmatian dog. Sparky is usually shown wearing the club's jersey but also arrives wearing firefighter attire.
While the Fire have heated rivalries with a number of different MLS teams, Fire supporters of different ages will likely give different responses as to who the club's main rival is.
United and New England Revolution were stoked following several thrilling playoff meetings. The Fire and Revolution are MLS' most frequent playoff matchup, meeting in the MLS Cup Playoffs 8 different times in 10 seasons from to , splitting those encounters 4—4, with the Fire winning in , , , and New England ended the Fire's playoff runs in , , , and Dan Kelly and former Fire coach Frank Klopas provided play-by-play and color commentary, respectively.
The "Ring of Fire" was established in by Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the Chicago Fire Alumni Association as permanent tribute to honor those who have made the club proud and successful over its history.
Names and numbers if applicable are prominently displayed inside Toyota Park. There were no inductees in , , or In , the members voted to honor two recently deceased fans supporter leaders Dan Parry and Brandon Kitchens but were overruled by the club chairman Andrew Hauptman.
Brown was expected to be honored in , but a new rule was established that inductees must have been away from the club for at least a calendar year.
On October 3, , Ante Razov , the club's all-time leading scorer, became the eight individual to be inducted into the club's Ring of Fire Hall of Fame.
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