2020 (CHICAGO FIRE): Started all three of the team's matches in the MLS is Back Tournament, going 76 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 23 ... Started in his fourth straight match for the Fire and recorded 72 minutes in the team's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on July 19 ... Pineda scored his first professional goal, the game winner, and went the full 90 minutes in the Chicago Fire's 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders in the first game of the MLS is Back Tournament ... Pineda made his professional soccer debut on March 1st against the Seattle Sounders. (1 start) Pineda became the 12th homegrown player in Chicago Fire FC history to play a game for the club. In his professional debut, Pineda recorded 90 minutes of playing time, and a recorded shot attempt.
How he joined the Club: Signed as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 17, 2020. Pineda, 22, joins the Fire after spending the past four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Pineda, who was a team captain for the Tar Heels, appeared in every match during his four years with UNC.
COLLEGIATE CAREER: In 79 appearances (74 starts), he notched 17 goals and eight assists. In his senior season in 2019, Pineda led the team in shots (52), shots on goal (23) and game-winning goals (three), while also ranking second on the team in goals scored (five). Additionally, Pineda was named to an All-ACC team each season during his four years with UNC, including first-team honors in 2018 and 2019. He was also named to the United Soccer Coaches All-American second team in 2018.
Prior to spending four years at UNC, Pineda featured for the Chicago Fire Academy, helping the Club win its first-ever U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) National Championship in 2015. As a result of his strong performances with the Fire Academy, Pineda earned call ups to the U-18 and U-19 U.S. Men’s National Teams. Pineda is the second member of his family to join the Club as a Homegrown Player. His brother, Victor Pineda, signed with Chicago as the first Homegrown Player in Club history in 2010. The Fire currently has six Homegrown Players on its 2020 roster: Jeremiah Gutjahr, Djordje Mihailović, Mauricio Pineda, Andre Reynolds II, Gabriel Slonina and Nicholas Slonina.