The Fire’s founding general manager Peter Wilt, celebrating the club’s 2006 US Open Cup win in Section 8 (a year after he was fired as GM). He was handed the medal by Fire goalkeeper Matt Pickens. It was the Fire’s fourth US Open Cup championship.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL - APRIL 15: Fans of the Chicago Fire cheer during a thunderstorm as the Fire take on the Houston Dynamo during an MLS match at Toyota Park on April 15, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. Play was suspended due to lightning.
Tonight we reignite the Fire. Home opener 2012.
Affiliated North American supporter groups to the Independent Supporters Council (ISC) have been marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21st) over the past month with displays on a Show Racism the Red Card theme.
Last night, Section 8 Chicago - the Independent Supporters Association for the Chicago Fire - extended that theme and unveiled a large banner celebrating Chicago and the Fire’s diversity in general. The message, of course, implies a strong opposition to discrimination of any kind but especially homophobia; the Fire’s opponent yesterday was the Houston Dynamo, whose midfielder Colin Clark was serving a suspension last night for his recent anti-gay slur made to a ballboy at an MLS game.
The banners read: “Our City, Our Club. Our Diversity, Our Strength.”
The severe weather made displaying the banner at Toyota Park very difficult - a major thunderstorm caused the game to be delayed 10 minutes in, and it was later abandoned after 66 minutes - but it just about held up. The pictures above also show the making of the banner, which took a total of over 200 man hours by supporters at four builds during the previous week.
Fans in “Section 8” set off smoke bombs after the Fire score a goal.