Our hometown’s soccer team, the Chicago Fire, will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary this week a number of events to honor the club’s tradition and history.
Club legends Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Peter Nowak and Chris Armas will be honored at halftime of a game that could vault the Fire within two points of first place Sporting Kansas City. The celebrations will continue through Monday, when Section 8 (the Fire’s official supporter’s group) hosts an anniversary celebration at Chicago History Museum, while a Bumpy Pitchshirt has been commissioned for the occasion as well. You can see the shirt below, as worn by forward Chris Rolfe (for more details on the shirt, click here).
“It’s one of those moments that you’re able to look and see, man, look at the rich tradition of soccer in this city and with this club,” Fire captain Logan Pause said. “It’s a blessing and an honor to have represented this club for so long, and I’m happy to be a part of this celebration.”
Monday’s festivities will be held at the Chicago History Museum (1601 North Clark Street, Chicago), from 7PM-11PM. Tickets are limited and will cost $97 (fitting for the symbolism the number holds for the club). Fire legends including Peter Nowak, Chris Armas, Lubos Kubik, Frank Klopas, Jesse Marsch, Diego Gutierrez, Peter Wilt, Brian McBride, Kelly Gray, Evan Whitfield, Dasan Robinson and Ante Razov are scheduled to attend the event along with current players. You must purchase tickets by 2pm, Friday, October 5th, 2012; buy tickets here. All proceeds will benefit Chicagoland children through the Chicago Fire Foundation.
Chicago can secure their playoff spot if they can knock off the Union on Wednesday night (8:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online) and follow that up with a victory at Red Bull Arena against New York on Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, NBC).