CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2019) – Chicago Fire FC announced today that it has exercised the 2020 contract options on forward CJ Sapong and defender/midfielder Raheem Edwards.
Additionally, the Club announced that it has declined contract options on the following players: Diego Campos, Stefan Cleveland, Elliott Collier, Nicolás Gaitán, Aleksandar Katai, Cristian Martínez, Amando Moreno, David Ousted and Richard Sánchez.
Cleveland, Ousted and Sánchez are eligible to participate in the MLS Re-Entry Draft. The following players are eligible for the MLS Waiver Draft: Campos, Collier, Gaitán, Katai, Martínez and Moreno.
Forward Nemanja Nikolić is out of contract and defender Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement on Oct. 8.
Fourteen players were already guaranteed for next season: Micheal Azira, Jonathan Bornstein, Brandt Bronico, Francisco Calvo, Przemysław Frankowski, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Fabian Herbers, Johan Kappelhof, Kenneth Kronholm, Marcelo, Álvaro Medrán, Djordje Mihailović, Andre Reynolds II and Gabriel Slonina.
Below is the Fire’s 2020 roster as it currently stands:
Goalkeeper (2): Kenneth Kronholm, Gabriel Slonina
Defender (5): Jonathan Bornstein, Francisco Calvo, Johan Kappelhof, Marcelo, Andre Reynolds II
Midfielder (8): Micheal Azira, Brandt Bronico, Raheem Edwards, Przemysław Frankowski, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Fabian Herbers, Álvaro Medrán, Djordje Mihailović
Forward (1): CJ Sapong
Transaction: Chicago Fire FC exercises the 2020 contract options on forward CJ Sapong and defender/midfielder Raheem Edwards on Nov. 21, 2019.