Chicago Fire Premier
is an American soccer
team based in Chicago, Illinois
, United States
. Founded in 2001, the team plays in the USL Premier Development League
(PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid
, in the Great Lakes Division of the Central Conference.
The team plays its home games in the stadium at Evanston Township High School
in nearby Evanston, Illinois
, where they have played since 2011. The team's colors are red and white.
Until 2005 they were known as the Chicago Fire Reserves
. As of the 2008 season, the team is usually referred to as Chicago Fire PDL
, although the official name of the team has not changed.
Chicago Fire Reserves
entered the PDL in 2001 as part of an effort on the part of MLS
franchise Chicago Fire
to develop and enhance the level of youth soccer in the Chicago area
. Playing under the auspices of a professional club gave the Fire an advantage in terms of organization and player talent identification, which has led to them becoming one of the most successful teams in the PDL, winning their divisional title on all but one occasion, and having many of their players graduate on to the biggest of soccer stages.
The team's first season was a winning one, as they took the Great Lakes Division with a 15-1-4 record, ten points clear of second place West Michigan Edge
, and into the playoffs at the first time of asking. Their opponent in the semi final was Mid-South Division champs Texas Spurs
who they beat 1-0; unfortunately for the... Read More