Chicago Fire Premier are an American soccer team, founded in 2001 as part of the development system for the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer club. Until 2005 they were known as the Chicago Fire Reserves. Beginning with the 2008 season, they are referred to as the Chicago Fire PDL. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, and play in the Midwest Division of the Central Conference against teams from Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and South Bend.
The team is one of the most successful in the PDL, having won their respective divisional title seven times in eight years, and hold a PDL record of qualifying for the playoffs eight straight seasons, every season they have played.
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||Open Cup|
|2001||4||USL PDL||1st, Great Lakes||Conference Finals||Did not qualify|
|2002||4||USL PDL||1st, Great Lakes||Conference Semifinals||Did not qualify|
|2003||4||USL PDL||1st, Heartland||National Final||Did not qualify|
|2004||4||USL PDL||1st, Heartland||Conference Finals||3rd Round|
|2005||4||USL PDL||1st, Great Lakes||Conference Semifinals||2nd Round|
|2006||4||USL PDL||1st, Great Lakes||Conference Finals||Did not qualify|
|2007||4||USL PDL||2nd, Great Lakes||Conference Finals||Did not qualify|
|2008||4||USL PDL||1st, Midwest||Divisional Round||Did not qualify|
On August 3, 2008 the Chicago Fire Super-20 team became the first MLS player development team to win a league championship by becoming the North American Super 20 champions after defeating Toronto 2-1 in the Super-20 Final. The win capped a dominating finals competition in which the Fire went 5-0 and outscored the other conference qualifiers by an aggregate score of 17-2, including a 3-0 win over the DC United player development team in the semifinals. The Fire qualified for the North American Finals after finishing on top of the Midwest Conference with a record of 10-1-0. The Fire finished the season with a 15 game winning streak and a final record of 15-1-0. Their two year record of 23-2-3 is the best in North America in the Super 20 division. The team was led by captains and Super 20 League Co-MVP's Robert Younger (Illinois-Chicago) and Mark Blades (Northwestern). Mike Stephens (UCLA) and Chris Cutshaw (Bradley) were named to the All-Finals team and Matt Eliason (Northwestern) won the Golden Boot award as the leading scorer in the North American Finals with 6 goals in 5 matches, including the game winner in the 81st minute of the Championship match against Toronto.