CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2016) – The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that the club has signed free agent midfielder Nick LaBrocca, who joins the Fire on a one-year deal with a club option for the second year.
“Nick’s experience, versatility and comfort on the ball make us a better team,” said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez. “He also has a terrific work rate and will be an important role model within the locker room.”
LaBrocca most recently represented the Colorado Rapids from 2013-15. In his second stint with the club, LaBrocca scored three goals and added four assists in 68 regular season appearances.
LaBrocca began his professional career when he was drafted by the Rapids with the 35th overall selection in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft after a collegiate career at Rutgers University. He started every game in his four seasons for the Scarlet Knights and scored 10 goals and added eight assists en route to three All-Big East selections.
From 2007-09, LaBrocca scored four goals in 61 matches for the Rapids before he was traded to Toronto FC in 2010. He scored one goal and added six assists before joining Chivas USA in 2011, where he played all 34 matches of the season, scoring eight goals and tallying six assists, for which he earned his first MLS All-Star nod. The following year, he scored two goals and added two assists for Chivas before re-joining the Rapids.
Full Name: Nick LaBrocca
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: Dec. 4, 1984
Birthplace: Staten Island, NY
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Last Club: Colorado Rapids
Acquired: Signed on Jan. 27, 2016