The Chicago Fire, an American soccer team based out of Bridgeview, Illinois, are one of the preeminent MLS teams. Since their creation in 1997, the team has made it to three MLS Cup championship games, winning one. The team was founded in October 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that burned down the majority of the city in 1871. The team won the MLS Cup in their first league season in 1998, also winning the U.S. Open Cup that same year. The team has won the U.S. Open Cup three other times in 2000, 2003, and 2006. The team plays its home games at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, a 20,000 seat soccer-specific stadium, and built at a cost of $100 million. Before Toyota Park’s opening in 2006, the team played its home games at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
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