Miguel Ángel Navarro
2020 (CHICAGO FIRE): Featured in 19 games (10 starts) in his first MLS Regular Season, earning an assist as a defender ... Played 32 minutes in the 4-3 loss to New York City FC on Nov. 8 ... Came on for the final five minutes of the 2-2 tie with Minnesota United on Nov. 4 ... Played 76 minutes in the 1-1 tie with Nashville SC on Oct. 31 ... Registered 18 minutes in the 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Oct. 28 ... Returned from national team duty to log 10 minutes in the 2-2 tie with New York Red Bulls on Oct. 24 ... Was called to the Venezuela National Team for the first two matches of CONMEBOL's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament ... Started and played 72 minutes in the 2-2 tie with the Montreal Impact on Oct. 3 ... Appeared for 11 minutes in the 2-0 win against Atlanta United on Sept. 27 ... Helped keep the clean sheet with 16 minutes played in the 4-0 win against the Houston Dynamo no Sept. 23 ... Played the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 loss to Orlando City SC on Sept. 19 ... Navarro earned the penalty kick against Orlando that Robert Berić converted ... Started and played 45 minutes against Columbus Crew SC on Sept. 12 ... Recorded his first MLS assist in the 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution on Sept. 6 ... Recorded two shots and helped keep the clean sheet in 62 minutes played in the 0-0 tie with FC Cincinnati on Sept. 2 ... Recorded a shot and played 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to NYCFC on Aug. 29 ... Went the full 90 and had a dangerous shot that narrowly missed the goal in the 3-0 win against FC Cincinnati at Soldier Field on Aug. 25 ... Played the full 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC on Aug. 20 ... Played in all three Chicago Fire FC matches at the MLS is Back Tournament, subbing in for Jonathan Bornstein and recording 30 minutes in the team's 2-0 loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on July 23 ... Recorded his first start with the Fire and went the full 90 minutes in the team's 2-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on July 19 ... In his first season with the Chicago Fire, Navarro came in at halftime and going 45 minutes in the 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders FC in the team's first game of the MLS is Back Tournament ... Made his first MLS appearance against the New England Revolution on March 7.
How he joined the Club: Acquired via transfer from Deportivo La Guaira on January 27, 2020.
Navarro, 20, has made more than 60 club appearances in Venezuela’s top division since beginning his professional career in 2017. Internationally, he has earned nine caps for Venezuela at the youth national team level. In 2019, he made seven appearances (six starts) for the U-20 Venezuelan National Team during the South American U-20 Championship. Most recently, the defender made two appearances for Venezuela’s U-23 team in the Pre-Olympic Tournament, featuring against Chile on Jan. 21 and Ecuador on Jan. 24.
In 2017, Navarro signed with Deportivo JBL del Zulia in Venezuela to begin his professional career. In his first year with the club, Navarro made 19 appearances (19 starts) at the left back position. After joining Deportivo La Guaira in 2018, the defender made 46 appearances in two seasons with the club, including an appearance in the 2019 Copa Libertadores.
Navarro will occupy an international roster slot on Chicago’s 2020 roster.