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Logan Pause is the Head Coach of Orange County Soccer Club (@orangecountysc) of USL, the USL affiliate of LAFC. Pause was formerly Vice President of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and spent his entire 12 year professional playing career with the Fire. Pause was the 2012 recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award, an award given to the player who presents the best sportsmanlike behavior.

In this clip, Pause describes the philosophy of the Chicago Fire's Youth Developmental Academies. These academies are designed to develop better men through the avenue of soccer, not just better soccer players. Because only about 1% of the Academy players will go on to the professional level, Pause explains how the Chicago Fire academies care about social, academic, and athletic development and have a holistic approach that is not focused on simply building the athlete but the individual as a whole.