Victor Pineda joins Fire senior team

Seventeen-year old Victor Pineda will join the Chicago Fire after signing a professional contract with the club Tuesday.

The Bolingbrook, Ill., native has been a part of the Fire development program for five years, playing two seasons with the Fire Juniors and three with the Chicago Fire Academy. The midfielder has also been a part of the U.S. National team development system, spending two years in the residency program in Bradenton, Fla., and playing for the Under-18 team in Argentina.

Pineda was also a primary contributor and captain on Chicago’s recent national champion Under-16 team.

In 2007, the MLS instituted new rules to relax roster requirements for homegrown players, meaning that Pineda will not count against a roster place on the team’s 24-man roster. It’s likely that the tremendous successes of D.C. United’s Andy Najar played a role in teams like the Fire embracing the rule this season.

Pineda will be available for Wednesday’s match vs. rival New England.

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