164 teams compete in seventh annual Fire Invitational Tournament

The seventh annual Fire Invitational was held from Aug. 23-25 at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex in Libertyville, IL.  164 teams from 23 clubs across the region participated in three days of competition, traveling from across the state with representatives from Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

For many, this tournament kicked off the fall season and allowed teams the opportunity to see where they stand in their division and as a team as the season begins.

“This was a very productive pre-season event for us," Ryan French, executive director of Chicago Fire Juniors North Shore, said. "Each team was able to receive competitive game minutes and begin to work on how they'll play during the season this year…It was a well-organized event made even more enjoyable with this year's excellent weather.”

The 2019 tournament saw the introduction of Finals for all 9U-14U divisions, which made for exciting games on Sunday afternoon as teams competed to be champions of their age groups and divisions. All 15U-19U divisions continued as a showcase format with all teams playing three games.

Outside of the competitive games, participants and families had the opportunity to enjoy the FireFest area, which included an array of games and prizes presented by tournament sponsors including Barilla, Meijer and Adidas. Players also had the chance to challenge the Chicago Fire’s very own eMLS player, Enrique Espinoza, to a game of EA Sports' FIFA and meet the Fire’s mascot, Sparky.

The Fire would like to thank all the clubs and teams that participated in the seventh annual Fire Invitational and congratulate all of the Champions and Finalists (listed below). Additional thanks to the weekend's 80+ volunteers as well as NovaCare and the support of their athletic trainers.

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9U/10U Boys Champion Finalist 9U/10U Girls Champion Finalist
Premier CFJ South CFJ West Premier MI Fire Juniors CFJ West
Championship IL Fire Juniors CFJ City      
1st Division CFJ West GLSA FC 1974      
11U Boys Champion Finalist 11U Girls Champion Finalist
Premier CFJ City CFJ South Premier CFJ South CFJ West
Championship CFJ City Croatian Eagles Championship North Shore Utd Lou Fusz
1st Division Crystal Lake Force GLSA FC 1974      
12U Boys Champion Finalist 12U Girls Champion Finalist
Premier CFJ City CFJ South Premier GLSA FC 1974 Kixx United
Championship IL Fire Juniors CFJ West Championship Lou Fusz North Shore Utd
1st Division Rush Wisconsin CFJ South      
13U Boys Champion Finalist 13U Girls Champion Finalist
Premier Croatian Eagles GLSA FC 1974 Premier Indiana Fire ECNL Polonia SC
Championship CFJ North Shore GLSA FC 1974 Championship IN Fire Juniors CFJ City
1st Division CFJ West IL Fire Juniors 1st Division CFJ South Legion FC
14U/15U Boys Champion Finalist 14U Girls Champion Finalist
Premier GLSA FC 1974 CFJ City Premier CFJ South GLSA FC 1974
Championship IL Fire Juniors Rush Wisconsin Championship KiXX United IL Fire Juniors
1st Division GLSA FC 1974 CFJ South