Matt Polster

Rookie Matt Polster to Wear No. 2 for Chicago Fire

With the start of the 2015 season just two weeks away, rookie defender Matt Polster has chosen No. 2 as his first professional number. Though one of the newest and youngest members of the side, Polster recognizes the special place that the No. 2 kit holds in the hearts of Fire fans. Worn by Fire original and Ring of Fire member C.J. Brown during his 13 years as a player, the No. 2 shirt has only been worn one other time for the Fire, by Wells Thompson, for 27 minutes in 2012.
“I understand the impact that C.J. had on this club during his playing career,” said Polster. “It’s extremely rare for a player in any league to have that longevity with one team and I certainly respect that. To try and emulate the success he had with this club is a lofty goal but I’m committed to working hard and am excited for the challenge.”

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After a standout four-year collegiate career at SIU-Edwardsville, Polster had an impressive MLS Combine and was selected seventh overall in the SuperDraft on Jan. 15. Though he split time as both a center back and central midfielder in college, the 21-year-old partnered with Chris Ritter as a center back in the Fire’s recent preseason scrimmages in England, contributing to shutouts of both Norwich City FC and Queens Park Rangers.

“To pull on my first professional jersey is a dream come true,” said Polster. “But at the end of the day, it’s not what is on the back of the jersey that matters. What is important to me is the badge on the front, so I’m focused on playing hard, helping the team in whatever way I can and representing the club in a way that will make everyone proud.”


  2015 Preseason News & Coverage
Feb. 5 Fire Battle Norwich City FC
to Scoreless Draw
Feb. 5 Open Tryouts Provide
Opportunity with First Team
Feb. 8 U.K. Check-In with Native Brit Matt Watson
Feb. 9 Jeff Larentowicz: In His Own Words
Feb. 10 Watson Relishing Role with Revitalized Fire
Feb. 11 Catching Up with GK Sean Johnson
Feb. 12 Bircham, James at Home on Preseason Stops
Feb. 12 Fire Defeat QPR to Close U.K. Travels
Feb. 17 Tuesday Training Takeaways
Feb. 18 Rookies Impress Early in Preseason
Feb. 18 Prepping for PDX
Feb. 20 Polster to Wear No. 2 for Fire