A seminal figure on the field for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Logan Pause was introduced in his new role as assistant coach on January 24, 2016.
Following his retirement in 2014, Pause served one year as club Vice President, supporting commercial initiatives in corporate and ticket sales, working as an ambassador for community programming and developing relationships with supporters and fans. On the soccer front, he oversaw a wide range of responsibility, primarily with Academy and affiliated teams.
Pause finished his career second to only C.J. Brown in competitive appearances with 337 for the Men in Red between 2003-2014. A defensive midfielder, Pause tallied three goals and 12 assists over his 12 years with the Fire, helping the club to Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2003 and 2006 as well as the 2003 MLS Supporters Shield.
A veteran presence in the latter stages of his career, Pause served as Fire captain for three years from 2011-13.
In 2012, Pause was honored as the MLS Xbox Individual Fair Play Award winner based on objective criteria including fouls committed, cards received, games and minutes played, as well as subjective evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior. A member of the Chicago Fire Foundation Board of Directors since 2009, Pause was also named the winner of the 2009 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year for his work in the community.
With six international caps to his name, Pause made his full national team debut on July 4, 2009 in a 4-0 win over Grenada in the opening match of that year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and went on to appear in five of the team’s six matches at the tournament. At youth level, Pause appeared in four of the U.S. Under-23’s five matches in the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico in February 2004, helping the side to an appearance in the semifinals of the competition and was also a former member of the U.S. U-16 and U-18 National Teams.
Pause holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina, a Masters in Sports Administration from Northwestern University and a USSF “B” Coaching License. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife Vaneesha and their two daughters.