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Soccer in the United States has long been popular amongst all ages and it is the most popular recreational sport for both boys and girls, and according to History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game, has been so for about 25 years. This late 20th century boom is attributed for the most part to the existence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, and the New York Cosmos, its marquee team which included among its players stellar names like Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer.

Professional soccer has expanded since the mid-1990s, especially since the 1994 FIFA World Cup which was hosted in the United States for the first time. Both the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Women's World Cups were also held in the U.S., and the United States women's national team is one of the best in the world. Their home crowd of over 90,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for the 1999 World Cup Final remains the largest crowd in the world ever to witness any women's sporting event.

More and more Americans, having played the game in their youth are now avid spectators. Most cities with Major League Soccer teams have large fan bases. In addition, as Latin American immigration is increasing overall in the entire nation, so is the popularity of soccer.

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Chicago Fire home game at "Toyota Park" in Bridgeview, IL
The Chicago Fire is a professional soccer club based in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois, USA. It participates in Major League Soccer and was founded October 8, 1997 on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. They are the most successful club in the U.S. Open Cup since the foundation of Major League Soccer, winning championships in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006.

Chicago's chief rival is FC Dallas and the two teams compete annually for the Brimstone Cup (established by the fans of both teams), which goes to the victor in the season series between them. While FC Dallas remains the most historically heated rival, recent years have fostered venom between the Fire and the New England Revolution with the clubs ending each other's season every year since 2001. The Fire originally played at Soldier Field, but now have their own stadium, Toyota Park at 71st and Harlem Avenue.

There is a considerable ultras culture for the club with groups and fan clubs occupying a standing room only general admission area directly behind the north goal in the Harlem End of the stadium that is referred to as Section 8 and overseen by Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters' Association.

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The Portland Timbers playing against the California Victory in 2007
Credit: Flickr user Wolfgang Metzner

The Portland Timbers playing against the California Victory at PGE Park in a game from the 2007 USL First Division season. Formed in 2001, this team is the third to use the name following earlier representation in the NASL and WSL.

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Brandi Chastain commentating on a game
Brandi Chastain (born July 21, 1968) is a former soccer player, who was on the U.S. women's national soccer team from 1991 to 2004 and the San Jose CyberRays of the WUSA from 2001 to 2003. She is best known for her game-winning penalty kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup final and her bra-baring celebration afterwards.

Chastain first represented her country on April 18, 1991, against Mexico. She came off the bench as a forward to score five consecutive goals in a 12-0 United States win in a CONCACAF FIFA Women's World Cup. Team USA went on to win the World Cup, staged in China.

After retiring from the game, she moved into sports commentary; covering both Major League Soccer and the Olympic Games.

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