Chicago Fire signs Pineda to homegrown deal
The Chicago Fire added a familiar face to its roster Friday.
The Fire announced it has signed Bolingbrook's Mauricio Pineda to a homegrown contract for the 2020 season with club options for the following three seasons. Pineda, a product of the Fire's academy, played the last four seasons for the University of North Carolina where he was team captain. He appeared in every match for the Tar Heels, scoring 17 goals with 8 assists.
Older brother Victor was the club's first homegrown signing in 2010. The Fire has six homegrown players among the 17 on the roster.
"I'm so happy to sign my first professional contract with the Fire," Pineda said in a club news release. "I joined the club when I was 10 years old and have been dreaming of playing for the Fire since then. I can't wait to get started."
"We're very happy that Mauricio has decided to return to Chicago to begin his professional career," new coach Raphael Wicky added. "He has all of the abilities necessary to become an impactful player. I'm looking forward to working with Mauricio to help him reach his potential."