How he joined the Club: Acquired from the Montreal Impact in a trade on Aug. 7, 2019.
2019 (CHICAGO FIRE): Made his Club debut starting and playing 90 minutes on August 14 in the Fire's 3-2 loss against the Portland Timbers.
Azira, an experienced defensive midfielder, has spent the past six seasons playing in MLS, compiling 120 league appearances (97 starts) with Seattle Sounders FC, Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact. He has also made eight appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs, starting in three of those matches. At the international level, Azira has earned 10 caps (eight starts) for the Uganda National Team, including six appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations (2017, 2019). Azira is under contract with the Fire through the 2019 season with a Club option for the 2020 season.
Azira, 31, originally began his professional career in the USL Championship with the Charleston Battery in 2012, spending two seasons with the club, before signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2013. In three seasons with Sounders FC, Azira made 25 first team appearances (14 starts), helping the club win its fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy in 2014.
Following a move to the Rapids ahead of the 2016 season, Azira made 61 appearances in his first two seasons with Colorado. In 2016, he made a career high 31 appearances (28 starts) and helped lead the club to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, marking Colorado’s best regular season finish since 2010. Joining the Impact midway through the 2018 season, Azira made 29 appearances (24 starts) across two seasons for the Canadian club.
Azira holds a U.S. Green Card and will not occupy an international spot on the Fire’s roster.