Brown to be inducted into Ring of Fire

The Chicago Fire will induct former defender and original Fire player C.J. Brown into the team's Hall of Fame, known as the Ring of Fire, during a game against Real Salt Lake on May 9.

"C.J. Brown played his entire MLS career with the Men in Red and is deserving of the Ring of Fire recognition. His longevity, commitment and passion for our club make him a standout among Fire players, Javier Leon, Managing Director of Andell Sports Group, said in a statement. "C.J. led by example, brought grit and toughness to the field and did things the right way off the pitch. We’re happy to honor his career with an induction into the Ring of Fire."

A 13-year veteran who retired after the 2010 season, Brown holds the Fire record for most MLS regular season appearances (296), MLS Cup playoff appearances (35) and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearances (25).

Brown joins Peter Nowak, Lubos Kubik, Frank Klopas, Peter Wilt, Bob Bradley and Chris Armas in the Ring of Fire.