How he joined the Club: Signed as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money on Feb. 2, 2016.
2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Appeared in 29 matches (29 starts) in his fourth season at the Club … Awarded Man of the Match four times from April 28 to July 27 … Ranked in the top five on the team for minutes played (2,562).
2018 (CHICAGO FIRE): Recorded 29 appearances (29 starts) in his third season with the Fire … Started in 16 consecutive games from March 10 to June 13, 2018 … Recorded four assists, which ranks tied as a season-high in MLS for the defender … Kappelhof has won the most duels (346), interceptions (272) and tackles (122) on the team through his first three seasons with the Fire.
2017 (CHICAGO FIRE): Named the Fire’s Defensive Player of the Year after recording four assists in 33 matches, each of which were starts … Kappelhof recorded his first career MLS assist in a 2-0 win vs. RSL on March 11 … He was selected to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game, where he started and played 45 minutes … U.S. Open Cup: Played every minute of the Fire’s two games against Saint Louis FC and FC Cincinnati.
2016 (CHICAGO FIRE): Appeared in 33 matches during his inaugural MLS season, 31 of which were starts ... Made his club debut with a start on March 6 vs. NYC. U.S. Open Cup: Played in all four matches, starting each of the last three.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Kappelhoff joined the Fire after five seasons with FC Groningen where he recorded four goals and two assists in 150 career appearances … Has seen action in eight Europa League matches.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER (NETHERLANDS): Kappelhof appeared in five matches for the Dutch Under-21 side from 2011-13 ... That five-game clip included four friendlies and a UEFA European U-21 Championship Qualifier ... Kappelhof had the game-winning assist in his lone UEFA match, a 1-0 result against Austria in which he featured for 90 minutes.
YOUTH (AJAX): Played in Ajax’s youth system from U-10’s until joining FC Groningen when he was 21 … Earned a contract with Ajax FC’s Academy on Jan. 1, 2009 and remained with their squad until joining FC Groningen on July 1, 2011.