December 23, 2016
Fire sign former Galaxy midfielder Juninho
The Chicago Fire has acquired Brazilian midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico, the team announced Friday.
Vitor Gomes Pereira Junior, known as Juninho, helped the LA Galaxy win three MLS Cups before moving to Tijuana, totaling 24 appearances and two goals, last season. The Fire sent a second-round draft choice to Minnesota United to gain Juninho’s rights.
"Juninho is a champion, a complete player and a beautiful person," Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said. "He excels in all facets of the game and fully understands the commitment it takes to lift trophies. We're thrilled that Juninho will wear red in his return to MLS.
"Going into this off-season, we set our intentions on identifying game-changing players with championship experience along the spine of our lineup. Including the signing of Nemanja Nikolic, we've acquired two players who attracted significant interest from other clubs world-wide."
Juninho, 27, played six seasons with the Galaxy after joining the team on loan from Sao Paulo FC in 2010. Juninho had 18 goals and 23 assists in 187 appearances (180 starts) for the Galaxy, winning two Supporters Shields and being named to the 2015 all-star team. Juninho totaled 21 playoff appearances, scoring once, and 18 Champions League games, scoring four goals.