2021 (CHICAGO FIRE): Entered the match at halftime of the 2-0 loss against the Columbus Crew on Nov. 7 at Lower.com Field ... Started and played 69 minutes in the 2-2 tie with New England on Oct. 16 at Gillette Stadium ... Started and played 68 minutes in the 2-0 loss to CF Montréal on Sept. 19 at Stade Saputo ... Played 15 minutes in the 3-0 loss to D.C. United on Sept. 15 at Audi Field ... Started and played 70 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Sporting KC on Sept. 11 at Children’s Mercy Park ... Started and played 71 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Orlando City on Aug. 21 at Exploria Stadium ... Started and played 68 minutes, assisting Luka Stojanović’s goal in the 3-2 loss to Inter Miami on Aug. 18 at DRV PNK Stadium ... Came on in the 84th minute of the 1-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Aug. 15 at Soldier Field ... Started and played 64 minutes in the 0-0 tie with New York City FC on Aug. 4 at Soldier Field ... Made his Major League Soccer debut, coming on for Przemysław Frankowski in the 75th minute of the 2-2 tie with D.C. United on July 21 at Soldier Field. Ivanov was previously placed on the Club’s Injured Reserve list on March 23 after receiving arthroscopic surgery in his left knee to repair a medial meniscus tear.
How he joined the Club: Acquired via transfer from Levski Sofia on Dec. 9, 2020.
Ivanov, who made his professional debut for Levski Sofia as a 16-year-old, spent the first six seasons of his career in the Bulgarian first division, tallying 13 goals and 15 assists. Overall, he has made 85 appearances (54 starts) across all competitions for Levski Sofia, including five appearances (four starts) in the UEFA Europa League. The 2019-20 campaign marked a career-high in goals (nine), assists (five), games played (27) and starts (25) for the winger.
At the international level, he has made 10 appearances (10 starts) for Bulgaria’s U-21 side during qualification for the UEFA European U-21 Championship. In those 10 appearances, Ivanov scored four goals, including a brace in a 3-0 win against Poland on Nov. 15, 2019. In addition, Ivanov has represented Bulgaria at the U-19 (14 caps) and U-17 (five caps) levels.
Ivanov will occupy an international slot on the Fire’s 2021 roster. He is under contract with the Fire through the 2023 season with a Club option for the 2024 season