It has been 26 years since the Sting's final game and three full decades past their last championship.
Yet fond memories of Chicago's pioneering pro soccer team still echo in the city's sports memory bank. The iconic bee. Black and gold uniforms. Short pants. Long hair. A collection of notable — some say larger than life — players.
And then there's Lee Stern, the team's founder, owner and tireless promoter who at 87 still loves to talk soccer.
Stern and his Sting will be saluted at Saturday's Fire-FC Dallas clash as part of Soccer Heritage Night at Toyota Park.
"He was more than the Mark Cuban of his day, he was the face of the Sting," said...