A former Notre Dame soccer standout and Naperville native has signed a deal to play with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.
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Brendan King, a 22-year-old midfielder from Naperville, is set to join the "Men in Red" in the second leg of the preseason, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, according to a Chicago Fire release.
“Brendan is a local product that we have watched over the years,” said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon in a release. “He is a talented, versatile player and it speaks highly of our player development system that we are able to add him to the first team roster.”
In 2012, King spent his time overseas, playing seven matches with Norwegian Division One's Alta IF club and one match with Bray Wanderers AFC in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
When the deal was announced on Thursday, King took to Twitter to share the news.
"Extremely happy to be coming back home to Chicago to play for @ChicagoFire," King tweeted. "Can't wait to get home and get going!!"
At Notre Dame, King scored six goals and added 14 assists in 81 games, according to a release.
King is a product of the Premier Development League and was also a member of the Chicago Fire Super-20 team that won the North American Super-20 championship in 2008, according to the release.