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Fire signs draft pick Marco Franco

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CHICAGO (February 25, 2014) – The ChicagoFire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that it has signed 2014 MLS SuperDraft pickMarco Franco. Per MLS and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Marco is an athletic, solid player and willadd depth to our backline heading into the 2014 season," said Chicago Fire HeadCoach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. "From his performance at the Combineand throughout preseason, we are hoping Marco can transition from thecollegiate level to the professional game."

A 22-year-old defender hailing from ChinoHills, Calif., Franco was selected 13th overall by theFire in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft following a standout four-year career at theUniversity of California-Irvine from 2010-2013. While at Irvine, Francoappeared in 76 matches and tallied ten assists. Franco capped off hiscollegiate career by leading a back line that posted 10 shutouts and allowed aBig West low of 77 shots on goal, garnering 2013 Big West Defender of the Yearand First Team All-Big West honors.

Franco, a CZ Elite FC youth product,represented the OC Blues in USL PDL action.


Name:              Marco Franco

Position:          Defender

Height:             5'11"

Weight:            155 lbs.

Date of Birth:    October 6,1991

Hometown:      Chino Hills, Calif.

Citizenship:      United States

College:           University of California-Irvine

Acquired:         Signed on February 25, 2014

Twitter:              @smushmarco


The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a premier franchise of MajorLeague Soccer (MLS).  We provide an engaging and authentic soccerexperience for the city of Chicago and for all of our supporters around theworld. The Fire enters its 17th season in 2014 looking tocontinue its winning legacy both on and off the pitch. The Club proudlyembodies the spirit and diversity of our sport, and since its inception in1997, the Fire have captured an MLS Cup in 1998, and remains the only MLS teamto have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup four times. The Fire's home venue isToyota Park, a world-class soccer stadium located minutes from downtown Chicagoin Bridgeview, Ill. For more information on the Fire and to purchase tickets,please visit the Club's official website at


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