The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that the first President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. Despite Peter Wilt’s departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.  

In an age of “Circle the Wagon” franchise mentality, Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, and organizational transparency.  Among other accomplishments, Wilt has plied his trade as CEO of the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars, established the Milwaukee Wave soccer club, and is currently President of NASL’s Indy Eleven.

Some of OTF’s favorite soccer personalities were kind enough to answer the prompt:

“What are your reflections on Peter Wilt ten years after he left the MLS?”

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“Flag-gate”: Why Doesn’t Sporting KC Believe in Reciprocity?

About a week ago, On The Fire inserted itself into a Twitter debate between Section 8 Chicago and The KC Cauldron (SKC’s supporters group) regarding Sporting Kansas City’s unwillingness to let Fire fans traveling with Section 8 bring flags into DopeStrong park at the end of September…

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