Chicago makes Igboananike first DP signing for 2015

The 2014 MLS season is not yet over, and we already have our first Designated Player signing for the 2015 season. The Chicago Fire, which doesn't have a good track record of DP signings, acquired 25-year-Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike, who has played all eight pro seasons in Sweden.

“Kennedy is a dynamic goal-scorer with a track record of producing,” said Fire head coach Frank Yallop. “He’s young and exciting, a player with incredible pace, and we look forward to adding him to our roster to bolster our attack.”

The Fire's first DP, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, was one of the best Mexicans to ever play in MLS, but since then Nery Castillo, Federico Puppo, Sherjill MacDonald and Arevalo Rios disappointed. Juan Luis Anangono is still on the Fire's books, but was loaned out to LDU Quito in July after scoring just two goals in 14 games.

Chicago's top scorer in 2014 was Quincy Amarikwa with eight goals.

Chicago Fire:
New in 2015 (1):
F Kennedy Igboananike

Back in 2015 (144):
GK *Alec Kann
GK *Kyle Reynish
GK Sean Johnson
D *Greg Cochrane
D Jeff Larentowicz
D Lovel Palmer
M Razvan Cocis
M Collin Fernandez
M Patrick Nyarko
M *Chris Ritter
M Harry Shipp
M *Matthew Watson
F Juan Luis Anangono (on loan to LDU Quito)
F Mike Magee
F *Quincy Amarikwa
*Option picked up.

Options Declined (11):
M Alex
F Robert Earnshaw
F Matt Fondy
D Marco Franco
D Patrick Ianni
D Hunter Jumper
D Steven Kinney
M Sanna Nyassi
D Gonzalo Segares
F Florent Sinama-Pongolle
D Bakary Soumare

Out of Contract (1):
M Victor Pineda

Loan Expired (2):
M Benji Joya
M Grant Ward



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