Chicago's Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) team, the Chicago Riot Soccer Club, today unveiled its logo, colors, website and ticket pricing information at a ceremony on the field at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center, which will serve as the home of the Riot for all home games starting on December 5. The press conference was followed by the Riot's first training session and an open tryout.
The Riot also announced that tickets went on sale Wednesday. Fans interested in purchasing Riot tickets should contact 630.708.6284 or visit www.chicagoriotsoccer.com.
The MISL last week approved the addition of the Chicago Riot for the 2010-11 season. Peter Wilt, who has previously led successful Chicago soccer teams in the National Professional Soccer League (Power), Major League Soccer (Fire) and Women's Professional Soccer (Red Stars), is a part owner of the Riot and will serve as the team's President, CEO and official spokesperson. Wilt has won championships in four professional soccer leagues, is a member of the Chicago Fire Ring of Fire and is a former MLS Executive of the Year. Jeff Kraft, the former head coach of the Rockford Rampage, will serve as Chicago's Director of Team Operations and Head Coach.
"I'm really excited to be back in Chicago and working with a great group of people to put together the Chicago Riot. It's a tight timeline, but I'm confident we'll have an exciting team and a great atmosphere for Riot fans at the Odeum," Wilt said. "The seating is extremely limited and we're offering really affordable tickets starting at $10 for individual seats and $72 for a full season ticket and parking is free. This is going to be the best value for sports fans in Chicagoland."
Jeff Kraft, the Riot's Head Coach, said he expected to see intense soccer all season long.
"Every Riot game will be action packed, and our team is going to have a blue collar ethic," Kraft said. "We are putting together a young and hungry roster, and we will play with toughness every night."
Name: The team is named after the numerous landmark riots in Chicago history that have defined the city since its incorporation in 1837.
"It was important to select a name that both connects with the history of the city and reflects the passion and spirit of our team and fans," said Riot President and CEO Peter Wilt. "Chicago Riot is a historical reference to the city's famous civil unrests - including the Chicago Lager Beer Riot of 1855, the Haymarket Square Riot of 1886 and the Grant Park Democratic National Convention Riot in 1968. While polarizing at the time, the famous Chicago riots all led to a better place to live for all Chicagoans."