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  • Cameroon's Yazid Atouba, right, who was selected in the MLS SuperDraft, has signed with the Chicago Fire, team officials announced Friday.

      Cameroon's Yazid Atouba, right, who was selected in the MLS SuperDraft, has signed with the Chicago Fire, team officials announced Friday.
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By Daily Herald News Services

The Chicago Fire has signed MLS SuperDraft pick Yazid Atouba, a 20-year-old, left-footed midfielder from Cameroon, team officials announced Friday.

Atouba will be available for selection by Fire head coach Frank Klopas when club takes on the L.A. Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on Sunday (4 p.m. UniMas).

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"We're pleased to add Yazid to our roster," said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon. "He is a quick, skillful player with tremendous potential. Throughout preseason he has shown that he has the talent to succeed in MLS."

Atouba was selected in the second round (30th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. A Cameroonian Youth International, Atouba represented his country in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Championships, where he started three of the four matches in which he appeared during the tournament, helping Cameroon reach the Round of 16. During the Fire's preseason training camp, Atouba scored goals against the Columbus Crew Jan. 30 and Chivas USA Feb. 5.

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