The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Wednesday that Fire Original Ante Razov will be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame, better referred to as the Ring of Fire.
The announcement comes 12 years after the tradition began with former midfielder and captain Peter Nowak being the first member to be recognized.
"We are excited to induct Ante Razov into the Ring of Fire, the Club’s highest honor," said Chicago Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman in the club's press release. "Ante was not only an incredible striker for the Fire, but was one of the most prolific goal-scorers in MLS history. His passion and dedication helped instill a hard-working mentality in this Club since 1998 and we are pleased to honor his contributions with an induction into the Ring of Fire."
Razov, who plied his trade in Chicago in two separate stints (1998-2000, 2001-2004), joins an esteemed group of fellow Ring of Fire members: Nowak, former defender Lubos Kubik, former forward and head coach Frank Klopas, former General Manager Peter Wilt, former head coach Bob Bradley, former midfielder Chris Armas and former defender and assistant coach C.J. Brown.
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A native of Whittier, Calif., Razov is currently the Fire's all-time leading goalscorer (76) and is fourth all-time in MLS history with 114 career goals.
"I am truly honored to be selected as one of the few men in the Ring of Fire,” Razov added. "To be among the greats of the Fire is the most gratifying feeling. We had a very special group of people during my time and this feeling has never escaped me. This recognition brings back the best memories of my playing career.
"I would like to thank Andrew Hauptman, whom personally called, members of the Ring of Fire, my former teammates and coaches, as well as the wonderful fans of the Chicago Fire! I am humbled."
Razov, who serves as an assistant coach for Seattle Sounders FC, will be honored in a ceremony prior to the Men in Red's home match against the New England Revolution on Saturday, Oct. 3.