Chicago Fire officially sign SuperDraft pick Yazid Atouba
The Chicago Fire announced Friday that they have signed 2013 MLS SuperDraft pick Yazid Atouba. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Atouba will be available for selection by Fire head coach Frank Klopas when the Men in Red take on the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center on Sunday (5 pm ET, UniMas).
“We’re pleased to add Yazid to our roster,” Fire president of soccer operations Javier Leon said in a statement. “He is a quick, skillful player with tremendous potential. Throughout preseason he has shown that he has the talent to succeed in MLS.”
A 20-year-old, left-footed midfielder hailing from Cameroon, Atouba was selected in the second round (30th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. A Cameroonian youth international, Atouba represented his country in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he started three of the four matches in which he appeared during the tournament, helping Cameroon reach the Round of 16.
During the Fire’s preseason training camp, Atouba scored goals against the Columbus Crew Jan. 30 and Chivas USA Feb. 5.