The Chicago Fire Football Club was founded on October 8, 1997, on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. The Fire have won six major domestic championship titles, including the 1998 MLS Cup, the 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups, as well as the 2003 MLS Supporters’ Shield. The Club’s charitable arm, the Chicago Fire Foundation, was recognized as ESPN’s 2019 Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year. The Fire plays their home matches at historic Soldier Field. For more information, visit chicagofirefc.com
Game Schedule On-Air
4/29 – vs. New York (890 WLS-AM)
5/6 – vs. Nashville
5/20 – vs. Atlanta
6/10 – vs. Columbus Crew
6/24 – vs. Kansas City
7/8 – vs. Nashville
7/15 – vs. Toronto
8/26 – vs. LA
9/23 – vs. New England
10/7 – vs. Charlotte
Born in Evanston, Ill. and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Robinson played college soccer at the University of Dayton. He beganhis career with the Chicago Fire in 2006 after being selected 22nd overall in the second round of the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft. During his 5 1/2 years with the Fire, Robinson played a key role in the team’s success, helping them win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in his rookie season and reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Hewas also invited to the U.S. National Team training camp in January and February 2007.Despite being hampered by injuries in 2008 and 2009, Robinson bounced back in 2010, starting in all 17 games he played in and earning the club’s Humanitarian of the Year award for his work in the Chicagoland community. In 2011 after being traded to Toronto FC he was subsequently traded to the LA Galaxy where he was part of a team that won the MLS Supporter’s Shield and
2011MLS Cup.After retiring in 2011, he has involved himself in many different facets of the game including coaching youth soccer, scouting with MLS Next, and being the color analyst for Chicago House A.C. during their inaugural season. Robinson is currently the Technical Director of Thunder Soccer Club in Franklin Park, IL and the jv boys soccer coach at Whitney Young High School.
Max Anderson is a seasoned play-by-play announcer who was recently named to the broadcast team for the Chicago Fire FC. Anderson will serve as the play-by-play announcer for select Chicago Fire FC matches on 890 WLS-AM.
Anderson’s journey in sports broadcasting began at Indiana University, gaining experience working for the IU student radio station as well as the Big 10 Network across the five major sports. After his collegiate career, he’s worked for the Chicago Blackhawks, providing play-by-play commentary for Rivalry and State Championship games as well as key community engagements.
He is a long time and trusted voice of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, providing play-by-play coverage for high school hockey games as well as the DePaul Hockey Club at the collegiate level. Anderson’s versatility as a broadcaster extends beyond soccer and hockey. He also has past experience calling football, baseball and basketball for The Region Sports Network and the NFHS Network.
Max Thoma is currently in his fourth year as a play-by-play broadcaster for the South Bend Cubs, the High-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. He provides soccer, softball, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and baseball play-by-play for the University of Missouri, Northwestern, Illinois State and Evansville. He has been broadcasting collegiate sports since 2014 and professional sports since 2019.
Max grew up in Winnetka, IL and attended New Trier High School before majoring in Broadcast Journalism at The University of Miami (FL). 2023 will be Max’s first year with Chicago Fire FC.