Chicago Fire signs Atlas midfielder Jairo Torres as Designated Youth Player

The Chicago Fire have completed the transfer of Atlas midfielder Jairo Torres as a Designated Youth Player, the team announced on Saturday.

Torres has signed a four-year contract and will join the Fire for $6 million after the Clausura season ends in May, pending a medical and receipt of his P-1 visa and international transfer certificate (ITC ). He is the third Designated Player on the Fire’s 2022 roster, alongside Xherdan Shaqiri and Gaston Giménez.

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« Jairo has been one of the most productive young players in Liga MX and was an integral part of the Atlas Championship-winning squad in 2021, » Fire sporting director Georg Heitz said. “We expect him to be a very important and exciting player for the club and we look forward to welcoming him to Chicago on May 1. »

Torres, 21, is an Atlas academy product and made his professional debut aged 16 in 2016. The Guadalajara native has made 109 league and cup appearances for his hometown club native, scoring eight goals.

So far this season, Torres has made 28 appearances in all competitions, starting in 27 appearances and scoring two goals.

Torres has played for several national youth teams with Mexico and was named Ballon d’Or winner at the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. He made his only appearance for Mexico’s senior team in October 2019 against Trinidad and Tobago.

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