On Friday, May 22, I was lucky enough to gatecrash such a gathering, as a busload of hardy Chicago Fire fans assembled in the early hours of the morning for the not-so-local derby against Midwest rivals Columbus Crew SC. Just a simple matter of a 12-hour round trip to support their idols, their heroes, their team.
A motley crew of all ages, backgrounds and dispositions came together to show their love for their team in the best way they knew how, bedecked in red, white and blue and with optimistic thoughts of putting one over their closest foes. There were bartenders and students on board. Paramedics, a professor of Religious Studies and even the President of NASL club Indy Eleven, Peter Wilt, of course better known to Fire fans as the club’s first President and GM, joined us in Indianapolis.
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