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In 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, it was announced that a new team would be joining the MLS as part of the league’s first expansion: the Chicago Fire. Wasting no time in taking the league by storm, the Fire completed the elusive “double” by winning both the MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup in their inaugural season.
The Fire have since gone on to win three more U.S. Open Cup championships (2000, 2003, 2006) and one Supporters’ Shield award (2003), but to date, the MLS Cup win in their first season remains the club’s only league victory. Though the Fire have struggled to live up to the lofty standard they set upon entering the MLS, things are looking up.
Win or lose, the Chicago Fire are supported by their diehard fans in the independent supporters’ association Section 8 Chicago. Taking over a section at the Harlem End of Toyota Park, the team’s soccer-specific home stadium, the group is known across the league for their non-stop chanting at every game.
Whether you are a member of Section 8 Chicago or not, the electric atmosphere and wild cheering make Chicago Fire matches some of the most electrifying events in the Windy City. Be there live to see the Fire take on the MLS and fight for another championship.