Fire Around the World: All-Time Chicago Fire Hometowns

Throughout its 20 seasons in MLS, one of the great things about the Chicago Fire Soccer Club has been its ability to attract and recruit talent from all corners of the globe. To better visualize the hometowns and countries of the several hundred players to suit up for the Fire, we've compiled the interactive map below, along with a few fun facts for all of the geography majors out there:

Overall, the map includes players from 45 different countries claiming 46 different nationalities.

Players born furthest apart:
Florent Sinama-Pongolle (Saint Pierre, Réunion) -> Brandon Prideaux (Seattle, WA): 10,628.64 miles

Player born furthest distance from Chicago:
Florent Sinama-Pongolle (Saint Pierre, Réunion): 9884.78 miles

Cities to produce the most Fire players:
Chicago, Ill.: 4 (Mike Magee, Frank Klopas, Tom Soehn, Michael Richardson)
Naperville, Ill.: 3 (Patrick Doody, Michael Stephens, Brian Plotkin)
Accra, Ghana: 3 (Junior Agogo, Dominic Oduro, David Accam)
Kingston, Jamaica: 3 (Damani Ralph, Ryan Johnson, Andy Williams)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: 3 (Collins John, Sherjill MacDonald, Johan Kappelhof)

States to produce the most Fire players:
30 players from California
19 players from Illinois

Foreign countries to produce the most Fire players:
Brazil: 11
Jamaica: 6
Colombia: 6
Ghana, Poland, Holland: 5

What other interesting tidbits can you take away from the map? Tweet them and include the hashtag #HeartThisClub in your message for a chance to see them added to the page! Be sure to click on each player's pinpoint for a link to their page in the Chicago Fire All-Time Player Registry.