The Chicago Fire made three trades during the draft on Friday and the team now has a player to show for it.
The third trade of the day for the Fire sent the 32nd pick to the New York Red Bulls for the rights to a player to be named later. On Sunday, it was announced that Amando Moreno is that player.
The midfielder joins the Fire after playing with Red Bulls II in the USL in 2018. He had 11 goals and four assists in 30 matches (21 starts) in the USL.
The 23-year-old began his career as a Red Bulls homegrown signing in 2013. He then played in Mexico for four years between the top two divisions. Moreno also represented the U.S. at the Under-20 level.
Fire GM and president Nelson Rodriguez didn’t name Moreno on draft day because they wanted the Red Bulls to contact him before announcing the move. He did give some information on Moreno without naming him.
“We also got a player who we believe who is ready to contribute to the first team,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe not as a starter, but as an important piece.”
The Red Bulls used the No. 32 pick to select Indiana defender Rece Buckmaster, who played for the Indiana Fire Academy.