Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Pause re-signs with Fire through 2013
By Charlie Corr
Chicago Fire midfielder Logan Pause has extended his contract through 2013, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of his extension were not disclosed.
Pause has been with the Fire since the team selected him in the third round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft out of North Carolina. He made his 200th MLS appearance with the Fire during the team's 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on March 26. Pause is second only to retired defender C.J. Brown (296) with 227 career league games for the Fire.
"Logan has been a valuable asset to this club for a decade now," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said in a statement. "Logan is a great leader for our younger players on the field and in the locker room, and personifies our tenets of tradition, honor and passion."
The 30-year-old defensive midfielder started in 28 of 29 games played this past season, logging a career-high 2,514 minutes during the 34-game campaign. It was Pause's first season as Fire captain, taking over the armband previously worn by Brown.
"He knows what it means to put that Fire jersey on, for sure," Klopas said earlier this offseason. "He leads by example more than anything. I think when you have a captain like that, everyone else on the team emulates their captain and what he puts into every day. You can't deny how much he cares about the club and how professional he is. I think he did a fantastic job."
Klopas did not state definitively as to whether Pause will continue to maintain the captain role, simply saying that "he's been a great captain for the team and a great leader. What else do you look for when you appoint a captain?"
Pause has contributed two goals and 11 assists for the Fire in nine seasons. He also has six international caps with the U.S. National Team, participating on the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad that was the runner-up to Mexico.