January 30, 2017
Fire sign draft picks Johnson, Cleveland
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire have signed former University of Louisville midfielder Daniel Johnson and goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland on one-season deals with three-year options, the team announced Monday.
Johnson, selected in the first round (11th overall) of the MLS SuperDraft, appeared in 41 games, totaling seven goals and five assists in two seasons. Johnson played 23 matches for the University of Maryland before transferring to Louisville. Johnson, a native of Duluth, Ga., was with the West Ham United Academy from 2009-2012.
Cleveland, a Dayton, Ohio, native, was selected in the second round (26th overall) after appearing in 22 games (10 shutouts) for the Cardinals. Cleveland spent his first three collegiate seasons at Dartmouth, appearing in 33 games (16 shutouts) and being named 2015 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.