Chicago Fire Founding General Manager and longtime President Peter Wilt is working to lead efforts to return a professional soccer team to the city of Chicago. Wilt is working with Jack Cummins, one of his partners in the launch of the Chicago Red Stars professional women’s soccer team. Wilt and Cummins are working with CLUB 9 SPORTS, a boutique investment banking group focusing on soccer, to raise capital for the club. Discussion with the NASL on an expansion Chicago team joining the league is already underway. CLUB 9 SPORTS’ senior advisors include: a former Citi Private Bank Sports Group executive, a former MLS manager, a former director of an international sports federation, a former finance director of several Fortune 500 companies, among others.
Wilt and Cummins have been working diligently with CLUB 9 SPORTS to assemble a quality investor group and are now working with the soccer community to add a public supporters’ component to Chicago NASL’s investor group.
Yes! HB 3429, which became law on January 1st, 2016, allows any Illinois resident to invest up to $5,000 in a company providing a crowdfunded offering. We are currently exploring how this new law can allow fans to support the team with an investment that will earn them a share of equity in the team. The vision of Chicago NASL is to integrate fans into the fabric of the club’s culture through a supporters trust — to truly make this Chicago’s team. Learn more about how you can own the club
We don’t know yet, and we’d like to hear what the Chicago soccer community wants it to be. Perhaps you have a suggestion?
The team’s goal is to begin play in the 2017 or 2018 NASL season.
Inside the city limits of Chicago at a first class professional venue that can accommodate soccer and provide fans with an outstanding experience, accessible by public transit. All options that fit these requirements are currently being explored. Let us know your preference in the Build Chicago NASL survey.
Discussions have already begun on potential locations to build a permanent soccer specific stadium in the city of Chicago. It is the club’s aim to move to such a venue as soon as possible, so that soccer finally has its own dedicated home inside the city – one that will be easily accessible to all via public transit.
The North American Soccer League (NASL). The North American Soccer League’s (NASL) Golden Era put soccer on the map in the United States in the 1970s and ‘80s. The Modern Era, since 2011, has continued that rich history. Entering its sixth season, the league this year will grow to 12 clubs, which will be the most since its return. The New York Cosmos, Tampa Bay Rowdies, and Fort Lauderdale Strikers names have carried on from the league’s early years and they are joined by the Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Miami FC, Minnesota United FC, Ottawa Fury FC, Puerto Rico FC, Rayo OKC and Jacksonville Armada FC in 2016.
Chicago’s NASL team is committed to grassroots engagement across the diverse landscape of the city’s great communities. This will include working with appropriate amateur sports teams, cultural organizations and international groups to develop relationships that will mutually benefit the club and its community partners. An NASL team in Chicago can potentially have a deeply positive impact in underserved urban neighborhoods through initiatives that provide opportunities for educational programming, mentorship and safe places to play soccer and futsal for children in the city.
The city of Chicago has one of the deepest histories of high level soccer in the United States, from pro league championship-winning teams the Chicago Sting (1981, 1984), Chicago Power (1991) and Chicago Fire (1998) to their amateur predecessors, such as Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winners the Chicago Bricklayers, Chicago Sparta, Chicago Viking and Chicago Falcons. Inspired by this history, Chicago’s new NASL team’s primary goal is to bring more glory to the Chicago soccer pantheon. Throughout our quest, we will continually work to honor the heritage of the amateurs and professionals who have built soccer in Chicago from the grassroots to the greatest levels of the game.