The 25-year-old played sparingly for Chicago since arriving from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a trade on August 9, 2017. The left-footed center back started four of the five matches he appeared in over the course of two injury-plagued seasons with the Fire.
“It’s unfortunate that Christian suffered so many injuries that kept him from realizing his potential,” Chicago Fire president and general manager Nelson Rodriguez said in a statement. “He is a good man and we wish him success and happiness in his next endeavors.”
On Instagram, Dean thanked friends and family for their support over the course of a five-year professional career.