Date of Birth8.22.1987 (34)
2020 (CHICAGO FIRE): Earned his first start of the season and went the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 win against D.C. United on Oct. 11 ... Recorded 11 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 7 ... Registered four minutes in the 4-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Sept. 23 ... Played five minutes in the 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC on Sept. 19 ... Logged six minutes in the 3-1 loss to NYCFC on Aug. 29. ... Made an appearance in a 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 1.
How he joined the Club: Acquired from the Montreal Impact in a trade on Aug. 7, 2019.
2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Appeared in 4 matches (2 starts) in his first year with the Fire … Three of those appearances occurred consecutively from August 14 to August 31 … Made his Club debut on August 14, 2019 against the Portland Timbers.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: The defensive midfielder has spent the past six seasons playing in MLS, compiling 120 league appearances (97 starts) with Seattle Sounders FC, Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact. Azira, originally began his professional career in the USL Championship with the Charleston Battery in 2012, before signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013. In three seasons with Sounders FC, Azira made 25 first team appearances (14 starts), helping the club win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy in 2014. During his spell in Colorado, Azira made 61 appearances in his first two seasons with Colorado. In 2016, he made a career high 31 appearances (28 starts) and helped lead the club to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, marking Colorado’s best regular season finish since 2010. Joining the Impact midway through the 2018 season, Azira made 29 appearances (24 starts) across two seasons for the Canadian club. He has also made eight appearances (three starts) in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER: At the international level, Azira has earned 10 caps (eight starts) for the Uganda National Team, including six appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations (2017, 2019).
Azira holds a U.S. Green Card and will not occupy an international spot on the Fire’s roster.