Logan Pause

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Logan Pause
Personal information
Full name Logan Allen Pause
Date of birth (1981-08-22) August 22, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chicago Fire
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2002 North Carolina Tar Heels
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Raleigh CASL Elite
2003– Chicago Fire 281 (3)
National team
2004 United States U23 4 (0)
2009–2010 United States 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of August 10, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 23, 2011

Logan Pause (born August 22, 1981) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.


College and Amateur[edit]

After attending Jordan High School in Durham, NC, 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, and surprised by seeing immediate time with the team. He finished 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 has been a very effective defensive midfielder since Chris Armas retired and has been a first choice in the Fire starting 11 ever since.[2] He made his 200th league appearance for the Fire on March 26, 2011 in a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.[3]

On December 6, 2011 the Fire signed Pause to a contract keeping him at the club until the conclusion of the 2013 season.[4]

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.[5][6]


Pause has played for a range of United States youth national teams, most recently 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.[7] 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.


Chicago Fire[edit]


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