Chicago Fire hand professional deal to youngster Pineda

Chicago Fire have rewarded young gun Victor Pineda by making him the first academy player to win a professional contract with the MLS club.

Pineda becomes the first homegrown player to sign with the Fire since the Home Grown Player initiative came begun in 2007 and his signing was welcomed by Fire technical director Frank Klopas.

“We are very excited to have Victor join the Chicago Fire,” said Klopas.

“Victor is a talented, technical midfielder who has a bright future with the Fire. His addition to the first team is representative of the Fire’s commitment to the future and to our player development system. I want to thank our owner, Andrew Hauptman, for the significant commitment he’s made to our player development system and to building our club. Our ability to elevate a player like Victor to the first team starts at the top and with Andrew’s support we’ll continue to add new home grown players to our roster.”