The Chicago Fire Academy was among the clubs taking part in the third annual ScotiaBank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League event, a 16-team tournament bringing together top clubs from the CONCACAF region in Toluca, Mexico.
The Fire -- the lone U.S.-based club in the competition -- emerged Shield winners Saturday, winning their final match in a penalty shootout following a scoreless draw with CD Santa Ana of El Salvador. The shootout was a dramatic one and ended 4-3 in Chicago's favor, with the Fire bouncing back after having two of their first three attempts saved to win it in the sixth round of PKs.
The Fire advanced to the final thanks to a 2-0 win in the semifinals over Panama's C.D. Plaza Amador, with goals by Max Ibarra and Matija Mitrovic. Below is the complete run of results for the Fire in Toluca:
Chicago Fire 1:0 Fuerza Naranja (MEX)
Chicago Fire 2:2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC (CAN)
Chicago Fire 0:1 CS Herediano (Costa Rica)
Chicago Fire 3:1 Police FC (T&T)
Chicago Fire 2:0 C.D. Plaza Amador (Panama)
Chicago Fire 0:0 C.D. Santa Ana (El Salvador)
Penalty Shootout | Fire 4:3 Santa Ana