HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money on February 2, 2016.
Despite his relatively young age, Kappelhof brings plenty of experience to the Fire’s backline, having been a regular for FC Gronigen in the Dutch Eredivisie for the last five seasons. Skilled on the ball and capable of dealing with both physical and fast opponents, he can feature at center back or right back for the Fire in 2017.
INTERNATIONAL: Appeared in five matches for the Dutch Under-21s from 2011-13.
OUTSIDE MLS: A product of the famed Ajax academy, Kappelhof turned pro with FC Gronigen ahead of the 2011-12 European season. He quickly established himself as a regular, eventually appearing in 123 league matches and eight UEFA Europe League contests before moving to Chicago ahead of the 2016 season.