Chicago Fire is on the verge of adding a significant piece to its squad ahead of the 2024 MLS season. According to The Athletic’s Tom Bogert, Fire is finalizing a deal with U.S. international midfielder Kellyn Acosta.
Acosta is a free agent after his contract with LAFC expired at the end of the 2023 campaign. The 28-year-old player reportedly received interest from several other MLS teams as well as teams for Europe but decided to continue his career in Chicago.
Bogert reports that Fire made Acosta the focal point of their offseason efforts, intending to make him the “centerpiece” of their overhauled roster. The club previously also added highly-rated Belgian forward Hugo Cuypers as they look to return to MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since 2017.
Kellyn Acosta spent his entire career in MLS, suiting up for FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, and LAFC. The Plano, Texas native played a total of 252 games in MLS throughout his career, scoring 18 goals and dishing 25 assists. He has a U.S. Open Cup trophy with Dallas from 2016 while also winning MLS Cup with LAFC in 2022.
Acosta is also a member of the United States men’s national team. He received his senior team debut in 2016 and went on to make 58 appearances for the national side.