NEWS: Andrew Hauptman announces sale of #cf97 to Joe Mansueto and the team's 2020 move to downtown Chicago.
Huge news today. Joe Mansueto has purchased controlling interest in #cf97 from Andrew Hauptman. More to come shortly.
Hauptman definitely makes any list of “worst ownership stints in MLS history.” Never knew what he was doing, went from meddling too much, which was disastrous, to hands off, which left #cf97 floating in mediocrity. Here’s hoping Mansueto can succeed where Hauptman failed. https://t.co/nKhSZp5PtZ
If the Forbes numbers are correct, Mansueto's acquisition of 100% of the @ChicagoFire
cost a total of $400m. Hauptman bought it for less than $35m. He made a cool $365m minus expenses (lol) while fans suffered through years of mediocrity. Fuck you forever. #HauptmanOut #cf97
The Chicago Fire have a new owner. Joe Mansueto has bought the controlling stake in the team from Andrew Hauptman and is now the Fire’s sole owner. #cf97
Joe Mansueto knows how to succeed. Rewarding mediocrity is not in his DNA. I would expect Nelson and Pauno are brushing up their resumes. #cf97
attendance down ~4% year-over-year. Major losers:
Only significant increases are #RCTID (+19%), who expanded stadium, and #crew96 (+18%) because the Crew was saved. 😨
Remembering when displays against racism and fascism by @ChicagoFire
was considered a value not a politic. There are only two entities that have banned the Iron Front symbol. One is @MLS
, the other was Nazified Europe. Let that sink in. @Section8Chicago
Thank you to Andrew, Ellen and the entire Hauptman family for all that they have done for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club over the past 12 years. Personally, I owe them a debt of gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of this community. #cf97 https://t.co/nqBN9q3xbH
Joe Mansueto is the chairman, and Andrew Hauptman is no longer with the club. #cf97
Just to make things crystal effing clear: the Fire decided on most of the policy update 2 weeks ago, quietly published it around midnight on a Thursday night, didn't publicize it, and let it get buried under big club news they knew was coming. #cf97 https://t.co/GJXkotFzAa
i guess it's confirmed that my tradition of only going to soldier field for soccer games is about to continue! congrats to my #cf97 fam about the new ownership!!!
So, uh, tomorrow might be interesting. #cf97
#cf97 Twitter has to be losing their collective minds right now.
Steps #1 and #2 for Mansueto:
1. Fire Nelson Rodriguez
2. Fire Paunovic
If any of these two are around next year then he has already failed.
Holy shit Maybe it is time to go to a #cf97 match again. Hauptman is a weasel and I couldnt be happier to see him leave. Greatest #FridayThe13th ever. https://t.co/Okx2IkpHKr
This speaks to the value of collective organizing and solidarity. That's worth thinking about as we celebrate tonight. Make no mistake though, now is no time to rest. There's a lot of building to be done. What will YOU do to push things forward? #cf97
OK, I knew reaction would be overwhelmingly positive, but I’m still surprised it’s been unanimously celebratory. #cf97
This is like a double-fudge ice cream cone wrapped in a teddy bear tucked into Santa Claus holding an MLS Cup in one hand and a magic lantern in the other and a bottle of Malort hanging around the neck of his huge warm St Bernard
#cf97 #HauptmanOut @cf97
So many #cf97 questions flying my way and all I’m trying to do is get an elephant ear at riot fest. But y’all.... question how much “section leadership” has been keeping from you. Look real close at who wants to support the fire/community and who wants to support their own ego.
12 years, 0 trophies, dwindled fan base that envies other MLS teams.
Good writing by @BrianSandalow
to pretty well sum up Hauptman's disastrous ownership of Chicago Fire and big challenges facing new owner Mansueto #cf97 https://t.co/yHeEMNCMje
#cf97 this is the chance to create a supporters culture that emphasizes support, and not the consolidation of power among the chosen few. Seize it. This is our team. It’s for the ones that jump, that sing, that fly flags high.