“He plays the game the right
way. He treated the game the right way. Whether it was going
great for us or bad, he was always fighting for you.”
- C.J. Brown, Assistant Coach, Chicago Fire.
This statement appeared in the Chicago
Tribune on October 23, 2014 as 2016 NC Soccer Hall of Fame
inductee Logan Pause prepared for his final game with his
club. Notably, it would be his 286th game in a 12-year career
with the Fire, a mark of single-team longevity matched by
only three players in MLS history. It was a conclusion to
a competitive career that began on the soccer fields of
Pause grew up in Hillsborough and
played club soccer for Carolina United and the CASL Red
Caps. At Durham Jordan High School he was a four-year letterman
and a Parade All-American as a senior, while on the ODP
level he was a regular on the NC and Region III teams for
six years (1993-1999). There were also stints on the U-16
and U-18 National teams. So it wasn’t much of a surprise
when Logan made the decision to head a few miles down the
road to play for UNC - Chapel Hill and Coach Elmar Bolowich
(NC Soccer HOF 2012), as the Tar Heel mentor had made a
point of recruiting in-state players. And Logan proved to
be one of the best.
After an outstanding freshman season
in 2000 in which he started 20 games, Pause’s sophomore
campaign would prove to be quite eventful. Meniscus surgery
just prior to the season cast doubts on his playing status,
but he returned by UNC’s eighth game and notched the
only goal in a 1-0 victory over Duke. The rest of the year
only got better, as he would gain second-team All-ACC recognition
as a center back while the Tar Heels would win their first
College Cup, over Indiana 2-0.
In 2002, Pause would serve as UNC
co-captain and attain first-team All-ACC honors. Meanwhile,
there would be two events that would affect his playing
career. First, he would continually move between defensive
back and midfield positions due to team injuries. But his
level of play would remain high, and it would highlight
the versatility that would mark his professional career.
Second, he would leave school after his junior season to
sign a MLS Project-40 contract and enter the 2003 MLS SuperDraft,
where he would be the Chicago Fire’s third team selection
In Chicago, Logan would quickly get
people’s attention by contributing right away, making
21 appearances and 15 starts. He would later note that his
best soccer moment would be his professional debut against
DC United, where he would start and play all 100 minutes.
There would be other good things happening, however, as
the team would win the MLS Supporters Shield and the 2003
U.S. Open Cup. And to show that his contribution wasn’t
a one-time thing, he would start 19 games for the Fire in
The remainder of Pause’s professional
playing career is a testament to his durability and opportunism.
He would appear in four games for the U.S. Under-23’s
in 2004 Olympic Qualifying and would get the first of six
international caps with the Men’s National Team on
July 4, 2009 by playing 90 minutes against Grenada and getting
an assist. In that same year he would receive the MLS Humanitarian
Award, while he would be team MVP in 2010 and would win
the MLS Fair Play Award in 2012.
One can understand the bond between
fans and Logan Pause as his career wound down, but it wasn’t
over. In November, 2014 he was named Vice-President of the
Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Congratulations on a stellar career
in the Windy City. Now, welcome home as a 2016 inductee
of the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame!