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|Full name||Chicago Sockers Football Club|
|Founded||1995 (as Chicago Stingers)|
|Chairman||Peter G. Richardson|
|League||Premier Development League|
|2000||1st, Heartland Division
|Website||Club home page|
The Chicago Sockers were an American soccer team, originally founded in 1995 as the Chicago Stingers. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and played at the professional level in the USISL Pro League, USISL Select League and USISL D-3 Pro League until 1999. The club would be re-named Sockers and self-relegate to the amateur USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, for the 1999 season.
The Sockers were one of the most successful amateur teams in the late 1990s, winning three national titles including back-to-back PDL Championships in 1999 and 2000, reaching two divisional playoffs, and getting to both the quarterfinal and semifinal of the US Open Cup prior to 2000. Following the 2000 season, despite being reigning PDL Champions, the Sockers folded. However, the club survives as a youth soccer organization under the same name.
The Chicago Stingers were founded in 1995 as a professional club to play in the United Soccer Leagues (USL). The club would play in various transitional professional leagues in the USL, including the USISL Pro League, USISL Select League and USISL D-3 Pro League, which at the time represented the second or third tier of professional soccer in the American soccer pyramid under Major League Soccer (MLS).
For the 1999 season, the club would be renamed Chicago FC Sockers (or Chicago Sockers) and self-relegated to the amateur USL Premier Development League (PDL), considered the top national amateur league and the fourth tier in the pyramid. The Sockers would have a very successful first season in the PDL, finishing second in the Great Lakes Division and going on to defeat Spokane Shadow 3-1 in the PDL Championship.
The Chicago Sockers is now a prominent youth soccer program, stationed in Palatine, IL. The program is ranked as the 5th best boys youth soccer program by both nationalsoccerranking.com and Soccer America. The Sockers play in the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) and Midwest Regional League. The program has won multiple national championships and has sent multiple players to the US Men's National Team and top professional clubs in Major League Soccer and abroad. These players include Jonathan Spector, Michael Bradley, Jay DeMerit, and Bryan Namoff.
|Year||Division||League||Reg. Season||Playoffs||Open Cup|
|1995||3||USISL Pro League||2nd, Midwest East||Divisional Semifinals||Semifinals|
|1996||3||USISL Select League||5th, Central||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|1997||3||USISL D-3 Pro League||1st, North Central||Division Finals||Quarterfinals|
|1998||3||USISL D-3 Pro League||2nd, North Central||Champion||3rd Round|
|1999||"4"||USL PDL||2nd, Great Lakes||Champion||Did not qualify|
|2000||"4"||USL PDL||1st, Heartland||Champion||3rd Round|
Notable former players
- "2000 PDL Season in Review". USLsoccer.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- Sears, Kevin (2011-05-09). "Region II Top Premier Club Comes to McHenry County". Trib Local Crystal Lake. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
- "U.S. Club Soccer Championships". Chicago Soccer News. 2 Aug 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "Professional Players". Sockers FC Soccer. 24 Apr 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-05.