The Chicago Fire will move its first USL team, the Fire Emblem Heroes, to the Chicago Fire Soccer League next year.
The Fire Emblem team will begin play in 2017.
Chicago Fire Soccer Club President and CEO Jason Kreis said the team will have a professional identity and will not have an affiliation with the Major League Soccer Chicago Fire.
The Fire Emblem will be a youth academy team that will include several players from Chicago’s Fire Academy, including goalkeeper Sean O’Brien, midfielder Zach Fagan and forward Alex Rangel.
Chicago FC, the club’s second professional soccer team, has already had two academy teams play in the USL.
They were the Fire Academy Red Bulls and Fire Academy Whitecaps in 2018.
Chicago is the first MLS franchise to play in a professional USL team’s home stadium in 2019.
The club has played in Toyota Park since 2014.
Chicago’s Fire academy is in the same group of youth academy teams that played in the MLS Chicago Fire Academy.