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Chicago Fire Take U.S. Soccer National Amateur Championship

By USASA Communications, 05/01/16, 12:45PM CDT


The Chicago Fire Premier Development League (PDL) team -- comprised of top regional talent at the U-23 level -- earned the claim of US Soccer National Amateur champions Saturday, defeating Chattanooga FC, 2-1 in extra time, to raise the 2016 Hank Steinbrecher Cup.

The Fire put up a 6-1 victory over West Chester United on Friday night to advance to Saturday night’s final against Chattanooga, where Chicago’s Mark Segbers opened the scoring in the 22nd minute on an assist from Elliot Collier. Chattanooga would level in the 48th minute on a shot from Luke Winter, however, as the 1-1 scoreline held through 90 minutes.

Chicago's Mauricio Pineda would break through just two minutes into extra time, netting the game-winner in the 108th minute off a corner kick and capping a 2-1 championship victory.

See Ted Bryant's full story here.

The stache was back in Chattanooga over Memorial Day weekend.

Hank Steinbrecher and some Chattahooligans.