CHICAGO (Nov. 26, 2019) – Chicago Fire FC announced today that it has acquired a natural first round pick (26th overall) in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft from Seattle Sounders FC. In exchange, the Fire traded the rights to goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and a 2020 second round pick (35th overall) to Seattle. The Fire previously acquired the 35th overall pick from the Montreal Impact on Aug. 7.
Cleveland, 25, was originally selected by the Fire with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft. Across the last three seasons, Cleveland made five appearances (five starts) in MLS play. Additionally, the goalkeeper made 22 USL League One appearances (22 starts) while on loan with Lansing Ignite FC in 2019. Cleveland’s 2020 contract option had been declined by Chicago on Nov. 21.
The Fire will return to Soldier Field for the 2020 Major League Soccer season. Fans can secure a seat for the Club’s 2020 MLS Home Opener on March 21 against Atlanta United FC, or any game of the regular season, with a refundable $20 ticket deposit. Season tickets are now on sale for as little as $25 per match. More information is available at www.chicagofirefc.com/tickets.
Transaction: Chicago Fire FC acquires a first round pick (26th overall) in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for the rights to goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland and a 2020 second round pick (35th overall) on Nov. 26, 2019.