The Chicago Fire added to their coaching staff Wednesday, announcing former player C.J. Brown as an assistant coach.
Brown was the Fire's first overall pick in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft and played with the team for 13 seasons. He stands as the organization's leader in competitive appearances (372), starts (364) and minutes (32,568) and was inducted into the Fire Hall of Fame in 2012.
"The Fire has always had a very special place in my heart," Brown said. "When the Club reached out to me, I was excited about the possibility of rejoining the organization. I've gained valuable experience with RSL and now, to come home and be a part of Frank's team, it's really a dream come true."
Brown has spent the last three seasons as an assitant coach with Real Salt Lake.
"I have tremendous respect for C.J Brown as a player, having coached against him and those tough Fire teams for so many years," Fire head coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop said. "Watching him grow from one of the top defenders in MLS history to helping guide RSL with their tremendous recent success speaks volumes of his coaching style, character and connection with the guys in the locker room.
"C.J. is the perfect choice not only for all his qualities as a coach, but also for what he means to this city and Club, and what they mean to him as well."