HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Discovery Signing using Targeted Allocation Money on February 2, 2016.
Kappelhof started in all 33 of his regular season appearances and was named the Fire’s Defensive Player of the Year for last season. His consistent quality and sustained excellence saw the former Ajax youth product selected to the 2017 MLS All-Star team. Fire fans will continue to look to him to shut down opposition attackers in 2018.
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.
NOTES: Selected as a 2017 MLS All-Star.