Loyola Alumni Debuts in Chicago Fire’s Home Opener
By Giann Magno
Last Saturday, Elliot Collier, a former Loyola Men’s Soccer Player, made his MLS debut for the Chicago Fire during the club’s home opener.
The Chicago Fire lost the game to Sporting Kansas. The final score was 4-3.
14,000 people attended the game, held at Toyota Park.
18-year-old Ryan Garcia, a Toyota Park employee who helps people find their seats, said, “Although home openers are hyped up events, attendance is usually low due to the weather at this time of the year and how far the stadium is from the city.”
Collier, a New Zealand native, made his professional Major League Soccer Debut in the 82nd minute.
“The experience was unreal as it’s been a dream to play professional soccer,” Collier said. “Getting my first minutes in the MLS was crazy.”
Collier said, “The transition from Loyola to the Fire has been smooth, , but at this level it’s your job and perfection is demanded on a daily basis.”