Player Details


Logan Allen Pause


5' 10"


159 lbs

Date of Birth

8.22.1981 (42)


Hillsborough, NC USA


2023 MLS Regular Season
2023 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Citizenship:    USA
Last Club:    University of North Carolina
How Acquired:    Drafted in the third round (24th overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft            

Logan Pause enters his 12th  MLS season as the longest tenured member of the Chicago Fire. Having spent his entire professional career in Chicago, the University of North Carolina product has been a constant contributor to the club since first coming on the scene in 2003. Versatility has been one of the Hillsborough, N.C. native’s greatest attributes as he has shown his worth both at his familiar defensive midfield position and as a dependable right back during his career.

2013: Appeared in 15 matches, started in 11 for 904 minutes. LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Started two matches in Open Cup play, a 2-0 win at Charlotte 5/29 and a 2-1 win over CLB 6/13. 

2012: Appeared in 32 matches, started in 31 for 2424 minutes…Scored in a 1-1 draw with HOU 4/15…Suffered two broken ribs and pneumothorax in a collision at PHI on 8/15, missed just two games and returned when he entered the match in the 85th minute against HOU 9/2…Recorded his 250th MLS Regular Season appearance at PHI 8/12…Made his 300th competitive appearance for the Fire just weeks later on 10/3 against the Union 10/3. …Was named the 2012 MLS Xbox Individual Fair Play award for committing only 11 fouls and receiving no red or yellow cards all season… PLAYOFFS: Started and played the first half of the Fire’s 2-1 loss to HOU in the Eastern Conference Knockout Match 10/31… LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Did not appear in a 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match…INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES: Started and played the first half of a 2-2 draw with Mexican side Club Santos Laguna 9/8.

2011: In his first year as Chicago Fire captain Pause hit a career high for appearances, playing in 29 matches, starting 28 over 2514 minutes…Moved into second place on the club’s all-time regular season appearance list in a 2-2 draw at NY on 8/13, passing up Jesse Marsch (200), Chris Armas (214) and Zach Thornton (215) to finish the season with 227 career games played…LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Started 5 matches across qualifying and tournament play, logging 480 minutes in the club’s run to the 2011 U.S. Open Cup Final…INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES: Started, playing the first 45 minutes of both games vs. Manchester United on 7/23 and Chivas de Guadalajara on September 14.

2010: Appeared in 26 matches, recording 1 goal and 3 assists over 2258 minutes… Won Chicago Fire Most Valuable Player award as well as the club’s Golden Boot award for his long-range effort on 5/8 at TOR – just the second goal of his eight-year professional career… Tallied assists in back-to-back games, first in a 2-2 draw at KC on 5/15 and then in a 1-1 draw vs. DAL on 5/27…LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP: Played 52 minutes in shootout loss vs. Charleston Battery on 6/29…INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES: Appeared in all 3 matches, playing 90 minutes in each game against Paris Saint-Germain (5/19), Legia Warsaw (5/22) and A.C. Milan (5/30).

2009: Appeared in 26 matches tallying a career high 3 assists over 2287 minutes…PLAYOFFS: Played in all 3 matches logging 300 minutes in helping the Fire reach the Eastern Conference Final…SUPERLIGA: Played all four matches, recording an assist in the Fire’s shootout loss to Tigres UANL in the final on 8/5…Named MLS Humanitarian of the Year…

2008: Played 27 games, started in 27 for 2430 minutes…wore captain’s armband on 8/2 vs. CHV in 1-0 win and 9/6 vs. NY in 1-0 win… Suffered a R hip labral tear on 6/24…had played every minute of 2008 season until 6/28 vs. SJ, missing the game due to injury…has been issued just one caution through his 27 games (3/29 at RSL)… MLS Cup Playoffs: Played 90 min. in both ECSF series games…played 90 min in 2-1 loss @ CLB…Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Played 120 min. vs. CLB in 3-2 USOC play-in win on 6/10… Played 90 min. in 2-1 USOC quarterfinal loss to DC on 7/08...International Exhibitions: Played first half vs. Wisla Krakow in 0-0 draw on 5/21…wore captain’s armband during first 45 min. of 2-0 win vs. Everton on 7/30… MLS Reserve Division: Started 1 game for 32 min. played.

2007: Started in 21 of 23 regular season games played for 1,905 minutes of play … Scored first career MLS goal in the season opener on 4-07 vs. New England … Suffered a concussion in early June and missed three games … Returned to action on 7-01 vs. COL … Ranks eighth in the books for games played (119), and ninth for career Starts (98) and career minutes played (8,617) ... MLS Cup Playoffs: Played 90 minutes in both legs of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against DC … Played 88 minutes in the Eastern Conference Championship @ NE in 1-0 loss on 11-08 … Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Played 28 minutes in the 0-1 third round loss to the Carolina RailHawks in Cary, N.C. … MLS Reserve Division: Started and played 90 min. in one game for the Chicago Fire Reserves.

2006: Started 19 of his 25 appearances in MLS play and registered one assist in 1,782 minutes of action … Started games at right back, left back, defensive midfielder and right midfielder positions in 2006 … The Fire’s 1-0 win on 7-04 vs. KC marked the first time Pause was not penciled into the starting XI in 2006, breaking a streak of 22 straight League starts across the 2005-06 seasons … Appeared in at least 21 matches for a fourth straight season to start his MLS career … His assist on Thiago’s 64th min. goal on 4-30 @ NE helped the Fire to a 2-1 win that broke a nine-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium … MLS Cup Playoffs: Did not play in the MLS postseason due to injury (R meniscus surgery) … Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Started in three of his four appearances in the 2006 USOC, logging 287 minutes and helping the Fire to a fourth title in the tournament … Went the full 90 min. on 9-27 vs. LA in helping the Fire to a 3-1 win and a 4th USOC title … MLS Reserve Division: Started in all five of his appearances for the Fire Reserves, playing 290 minutes while serving as the squad’s captain.

2005: Shifted from his usual defensive midfield spot to right-sided defender, where he collected career highs in games played (27), games started (24) and minutes (2,094) … His two assists also tied his career-high mark … Missed most of 2005 preseason after undergoing Athletic Pubalgia surgery on 1-31-05 … Recorded his first assist of 2005 on 6-04 vs. CHV … Tallied his second assist of the season – and first career GWA – on 9-17 @ CLB, assisting on Chris Rolfe’s decisive goal in the 84’, helping the “Men in Red” to a crucial 2-1 victory … MLS Cup Playoffs: Went the full 90 minutes on 10-21 vs. DCU in Game One of the 2005 Eastern Conference Semifinal Series and on 10-30 @ DC in the Fire’s 4-0 victory in Game Two … Played every minute of the Fire’s heartbreaking loss on 11-06 @ NE in the Eastern Conference Championship … Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Played in three of the Fire’s Open Cup games in 2005, including three starts, and logged 267 minutes in the competition … MLS Reserve Division: Served as captain in all five of his starting appearances with the Fire Reserves, notching 414 minutes played.

2004: Started 19 of his 21 appearances in MLS play while notching the first two assists of his MLS career … Recorded his second assist of the season on 9-04 vs. DC by assisting on Kelly Gray’s tally in the 83’ of the Fire’s 3-1 win … Recorded his first career assist on 6-19 vs. SJ by assisting on Nate Jaqua’s goal in the 7’, helping the Fire to a 1-1 draw … Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Was one of seven players to start all four games for the Fire in Open Cup play and registered 391 of a possible 398 min. en route to the club’s fourth appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final in the team’s seven years … Started and played 88 min. on 9-22 @ KC in the Fire’s 1-0 OT loss in the 2004 U.S. Open Cup Final … CONCACAF Champions Cup: Started all four of the Fire’s Champions Cup matches against San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) in the quarterfinals and Saprissa (CRC) in the semifinals, registering 282 min. in his debut appearance in the regional club championship.

2003: Was Chicago’s third round selection (24th overall) in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft … Appeared in 23 matches for the Fire and helped the team capture the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title for the third time in team history, while also helping the team to its first ever MLS Supporters Shield and Eastern Conference crown … Made his MLS debut on 4-19 @ DC, starting and playing all 100 min. and helping the Fire to a 0-0 draw at RFK Stadium … Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: Made two substitute appearances for the Fire in U.S. Open Cup play, logging 54 min. in the competition … Made his Open Cup debut on 8-06 @ MIL (A) by replacing Chris Armas and playing 25 min. in the Fire’s 4-1 fourth round win … MLS Cup Playoffs: Made his lone post-season appearance on 11-09 vs. DC, coming in for Jesse Marsch and playing 11 min., as Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 2-0 win in Leg 2 of the East Semifinals.

College: 2002: Carolina’s 2002 co-captain (along with Matt Crawford) … All-ACC and All-American candidate … Named First-team All-ACC … Unselfishly moved from midfielder to central defender and became one of the best defenders in the ACC … Often moved forward to offensive midfield late in games when the Tar Heels needed a goal … 2001: Helped lead Carolina to the 2001 Men’s College Cup title, the team’s first in its history … Second-team All-ACC performer … Expected to miss the 2001 season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee and undergoing surgery just prior to the season … Returned to the lineup in the eighth game of the year versus Duke, scoring the GWG in Carolina’s 1-0 victory … Finished the season with nine points (4G, 1A) … Named to the Dean’s List and ACC Honor Roll … 2000: One of the top freshmen in the ACC … Appeared in 22 games, starting 20 … Finished the season with 13 points (4G, 5A) … Scored his first collegiate goal on 9-07, notching the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Campbell … Dean’s List and ACC Honor Roll student.

International: With six international caps to his name, Pause made his full national team debut on July 4, 2009 in a 4-0 win over Grenada in the opening match of that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup … Pause made his return to the national team in 2010, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 friendly win over South Africa in Cape Town…Pause appeared in four of the U.S. Under-23’s five matches in the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico in February 2004, helping the side to an appearance in the semifinals of the competition … Started in the U-23s semifinal match vs. MEX on 2-10 (0-4 L) and the consolation match vs. HON on 2-12 (1-1 T, 2-4 L in PK’s)… Appeared as a substitute in a pair of pool play matches on 2-03 vs. PAN (4-3 W) and 2-07 vs. HON (4-3 W) … Also a former member of the U.S. U-16 and U-18 National Teams.

Club/Prep: Honor roll student and four-year letterman at Jordan High School in Durham, N.C … Named a Parade All-American as a senior … A regular on the regional ODP team … Member of the N.C. ODP team from 1993-99 and its captain from 1995-99 … A unanimous choice for District Player of the Year in 1999 … Conference and Region player of the year … Two-time team captain for JHS … Played club soccer for Carolina United and the CASL Red Caps.

Personal: Full name is Logan Allen Pause … Parents are Katherine and Michael … Married on December 5, 20009 to Vaneeshaa Doiuoia… Welcomed their first child, daughter Isla Jan. 31, 2012…Considers his professional debut with the Fire in 2003 as his best soccer moment … Attempts to pattern his game after former Fire captain and midfielder Chris Armas … Enjoys cycling and cooking in his free time … Favorite sports to watch outside of soccer are hockey and baseball … Loves baby back ribs and his mom’s chicken pot pie…Favorite childhood book was Where the Wild Things Are… Enjoys the film Good Will Hunting… Favorite place to vacation is Paris, France… Strongly influenced by Jesus Christ… Nicknamed “L.P.”