The Fire hoped to sure up their defensive line before Thursday night’s MLS Draft.
The club did just that with their acquisition of defenders Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni as well as the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft from the Seattle Sounders for defender Jalil Anibaba, the 8th overall selection in this year’s SuperDraft and a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft, the team announced on Wednesday.
“Adding Jhon, a former Defender of the Year finalist and defensive All-Star, automatically makes our team better,” said Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “Along with Patrick, we are adding valuable depth on the defensive side. While this trade addresses a key need, we thank Jalil for his time in Chicago and wish him all the best with his new club.”
Hurtado, one of the original Sounders from the team’s inception, was a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year and was named to the MLS All-Star team this past year.
Ianni will bring valuable playoff experience to the Fire. The California native played with the Houston Dynamo during their back-to-back championship run in 2006 and 2007. He also earned 2012 Goal of the Year with this sensational score and was on the Team USA roster for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
After being selected 9th overall by the Fire in 2011, Anibaba only lasted three seasons with the team, posting five goals and five assists.