The Chicago Fire introduced new head coach Veljko Paunovic Thursday morning.
The new leader on the pitch - known simply as "Pauno" - talked about his belief in people and explained his vision for the franchise:
Pauno also sent a message directly to the Fire fanbase:
"We need you," he said. "We need you to come to the stadium. We need your support. We need you to root for us. We need your chants. We need your flags. We need your passion. We need your love.
"Let's create together a winning environment where the players will feel passionate to give their best in every game, no matter the circumstances. We want to deliver you a winning team that always gives its best on and off the field and never gives up. We want to deliver you a team that will inspire and one that you will love and enjoy even more."
Pauno then left the fans with one last statement:
"And my final message is: Let's start the Fire together."
Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the cancelation of three marquee 2020 events in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 MLS All-Star Game, Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup have all been canceled, the league announced Tuesday. Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. was set to host the All-Star game on July 29, and MLS said the 2021 event is now expected to take place at the same venue.
MLS will resume negotiations with LIGA MX with hopes of squaring off in the 2021 exhibition match.
The second annual Leagues Cup tournament was set to occur between July and September, featuring top MLS and LIGA MX teams. The two leagues canceled the event in a joint decision and plan to play the tournament next year.
Similarly, MLS and LIGA MX jointly canceled the Campeones Cup, which features the reigning MLS champion against the LIGA MX's Campeón de Campeones winner. The 2020 event was scheduled for Aug. 12 at CenturyLink field, home of Seattle Sounders FC. It will return in 2021.
American soccer is going on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MLS announced on Thursday they are suspending the season for 30 days in response to the coronavirus. U.S. Soccer later announced that they have suspended men's and women's national team games through April.
The Chicago Fire kicked off their season on March 1 and were scheduled to make their home debut at Soldier Field on March 21.
The NBA announced the indefinite suspension of its season Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player was diagnosed with the virus. The NHL has advised teams to cancel practices and meetings.