Logan Pause

Logan Pause (born August 22, 1981) is a coach and a former soccer player who spent his entire twelve-year professional career with the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.

Logan Pause
Personal information
Full name Logan Allen Pause
Date of birth (1981-08-22) August 22, 1981
Place of birth Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
2000–2002 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Raleigh CASL Elite
2003–2014 Chicago Fire 286 (4)
National team
2004 United States U23 4 (0)
2009–2010 United States 6 (0)
Teams managed
2015 Chicago Fire (interim assistant)
2016 Chicago Fire U-23
2017 Orange County SC
2019 Chicago FC United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 24, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 23, 2011

Playing Career

College and amateur

After attending Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, Pause played college soccer at the University of North Carolina from 2000 to 2002. After a 2002 season in which he co-captained the Tar Heels and played everywhere from central defense to attacking midfield due to injuries, Pause signed a Project-40 contract with MLS. During the 2002 collegiate off-season, Pause played for the Raleigh CASL Elite of the fourth division Premier Development League.[1]


Pause was selected 24th overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by The Fire. He surprised many by seeing immediate time with the team, finishing the season with 21 appearances and 15 starts for a Fire team that won the MLS Supporters' Shield and the U.S. Open Cup. Pause played the same role for the Fire in 2004, filling in for Jesse Marsch and Chris Armas, starting 19 games and adding two assists.

Pause served primarily as the club's defensive midfielder after Armas retired.[2] He made his 200th league appearance for the Fire on March 26, 2011 in a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.[3]

With the additions of Arévalo Ríos and Jeff Larentowicz in the 2013 MLS season, Pause saw a reduction in playing time, appearing in only 15 matches and starting 11 of those. Following the season's conclusion Pause was made available in the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft but eventually agreed to new a contract ahead of the 2014 season.[4][5]

Logan Pause has retired at the end of 2014 MLS season. He has spent his entire 12-year professional career playing for Chicago Fire.[6][7][8]

On November 3, 2014 Pause was announced the Vice President of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and will begin his new role as of December 1, 2014.[9]


Pause played for a range of United States youth national teams, including the Under-23's during Olympic Qualifying.

Pause was called up for the United States National Team for the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup held in the United States, his first call up to the United States full squad.[10] On July 4, 2009 Pause received his first cap playing the entire 90 minutes against Grenada while also registering an assist on Robbie Rogers' goal.

Career statistics

Club Season MLS MLS Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF SuperLiga Total
Chicago Fire 2003 Major League Soccer 23010300000270
2004 21000404000290
2005 27030300000330
2006 25000400000290
2007 23130100000271
2008 27030200000320
2009 26030000040330
2010 26100100000271
2011 29000500000340
2012 32110000000331
2013 15100200000171
2014 12000400000160
Career total 286414029040403374

Chicago Fire Player Registry[11]

Coaching Career

In 2017, Pause was named Head Coach for Orange County SC[12] playing in USL Championship[13]. Following the 2017 USL Season, Pause and OCSC parted ways, announced November 2017.[14]

In 2019 Pause became the head coach of Chicago FC United.[15]

Coaching Record
Year Team Division W D L
2017 Orange County SC USL Championship 11 10 11
2018 unknown
2019[16] Chicago FC United USL League 2 8 1 3
Totals 19 11 14


Chicago Fire



Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian McBride
Chicago Fire captain
Succeeded by
Jeff Larentowicz
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