Fire's Pause to retire at end of season

Fire's Pause to retire at end of season

Major League Soccer

Fire's Pause to retire at end of season

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By DAN KARELL

The longest-tenured player in Chicago Fire history is ending his career with the only club he’s known.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Logan Pause announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 MLS season. The Fire midfielder is currently in his 12th year with the club, having joined the team after being selected in the first round of the 2003 MLS Draft.

Known for his strength in the tackle and willingness to do the dirty work, Pause ammassed more than 280 regular season appearances for the Fire, including nearly 250 starts, scoring three goals and adding 11 assists. Pause helped lead the Fire to two U.S. Open Cup titles, in 2003 and 2006, and won the MLS Supporters Shield as well in 2003.

Although never a regular with the U.S. Men’s National Team, Pause did make six appearances in his career, with five coming in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and his final cap coming in a start in the Nelson Mandela Cup at South Africa in November, 2010.

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