CHICAGO (January 6, 2016) – The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that the Club has acquired D.C. United’s natural second round selection (33rd overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for midfielder Patrick Nyarko.
“I have always embraced challenges and at this particular point in my career, these challenges take me to another city,” Nyarko said. “I want to thank Andrew Hauptman and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this historic organization. I will forever cherish the experiences and memories that I have accumulated during my time in Chicago.”
Nyarko began his professional career with the Chicago Fire as a first round selection (seventh overall) in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft after a standout collegiate career at Virginia Tech. In eight seasons with the Men in Red, Nyarko appeared in 196 regular season matches and registered 39 assists -- third-most in club history -- and 19 goals.
"Patrick will always be a member of the Fire at heart," said Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez. "In recognition of his service, we wanted to honor his request for a new challenge and are glad we could do so yet still benefit our club."
The Fire currently hold four selections in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, including the first overall selection, 33rd overall (second round), 57th overall (third round) and 62nd overall (fourth round). The first two rounds of this year’s SuperDraft will take place on Thursday, Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Md.
Player: Patrick Nyarko
Weight: 165 pounds
Date of Birth: January 15, 1986
Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
College: Virginia Tech
Departed: Traded to D.C. United on Jan. 6, 2016