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Article posted: 2/27/2013 12:32 PM

Fire acquires Toronto forward for draft pick


The Chicago Fire has acquired forward Quincy Amarikwa from Toronto FC in exchange for a first-round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft, club officials announced Wednesday.

Amarikwa will be available for selection by Fire head coach Frank Klopas for the Fire's MLS Opening match against the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center at 4 p.m. Sunday.

"We are pleased to add Quincy to our roster," said Javier Leon, Fire president of Soccer Operations. "He's a talented player and will strengthen our squad as we begin the 2013 season."

A Bakersfield, Calif. product, Amarikwa was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the third round (32nd overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft after a standout collegiate career at UC Davis. In four seasons with the Aggies, Amarikwa appeared in 77 games and recorded 31 goals and 7 assists.

In his 2009 MLS rookie season, Amarikwa scored one goal and added two assists in 24 appearances for the Earthquakes. On April 7, 2010, Amarikwa was traded to the Colorado Rapids, where he made 31 appearances and scored 3 goals and added 1 assist across three seasons from 2010-12. Along with current Fire midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson, Amarikwa was a member of the Rapids squad that captured the 2010 MLS Cup with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas.

Amarikwa signed with Toronto FC on July 21, 2012 and tallied 2 goals and 1 assist in 14 appearances with them.

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