Chicago Fire FC announced on Saturday they have signed Slovakia national team defender Boris Sekulić to a three-year contract and acquired him via transfer from Górnik Zabrze in the Ekstraklasa league, Poland's top flight. He will be added to the Fire’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa, and will occupy an international roster spot.
Sekulić, 28, joins the Fire with an extensive professional career, including 285 first-team appearances across all competitions in Serbia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland. He has been most often used as a right back, according to Transfermarkt, but has played all four positions on a four-man back line.
“Boris is a talented and smart defender that will immediately strengthen our backline,” said Fire head coach Raphael Wicky in a statement. “We are excited to welcome him to Chicago ahead of the 2020 season.”
After beginning his career in Serbia, Sekulić spent eight years in Slovakia’s premier division, Slovak Super Liga, with Košice (2011-2015) and Slovan Bratislaca (2015-2018). During his time there, the defender made 183 appearances and won the Slovak Cup in 2013-14, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
In June 2018, Sekulić signed with Bulgarian First League side CSKA Sofia (2018-2019) and made 12 appearances before moving on to the Ekstraklasa league and joining Górnik Zabrze, one of the most successful clubs in Polish football, where he appeared 36 times and scored twice.
At the international level, Sekulić has earned two caps for Slovakia after obtaining his citizenship in 2017.