Official: Chicago Fire Loan Orr Barouch To Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C.‏

Best of luck with Tel Aviv Orr. We hope to see you back in Fire red soon! (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Fire have just announced that Orr Barouch has officially been loaned out to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. Orr will be heading back to play in his home country of Israel. He hasn't been able to get significant, regular playing time with the Fire, and this loan should allow him to hone his skills. I still think Orr has some great upside, and hopefully he gets his shot with the Fire in the near future. We wish Orr the best of luck on his loan with Tel Aviv and hope to see him back at Toyota Park soon!

Chicago Fire Loan Orr Barouch to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C.

Forward Joins Israeli Premier League Side For Remainder of 2012 Season

CHICAGO, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2012) - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that the club has loaned forward Orr Barouch to Israeli side Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. The 20-year-old Israeli-born striker will join the Tel Aviv side immediately. Per club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This loan provides Orr with an opportunity to earn consistent playing time," said Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas. "Orr was interested in playing in Israel and Bnei Yehuda was a good fit. We look forward to monitoring Orr's progress and development while he is playing in Israel."

Barouch joined the Men in Red on loan from Mexican Primera side Tigres UANL on March 10, 2011. Barouch appeared in 28 league matches, tallying two goals and two assists during the 2011 MLS campaign. Barouch also led the team in scoring with three goals during the side's run to the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final and added five goals during MLS Reserve League play.

The Fire purchased the rights to Barouch on Dec. 5, 2011. In the 2012 MLS Regular Season, he has appeared in nine games for the Men in Red, starting the Fire's June 2 match against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Barouch started and tallied a goal and an assist in 84 minutes in the Fire's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third-round match on May 29.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Barouch made his international debut for the Israeli U-21 Men's National Team in 2011 and has represented Israel at the U-21 level five times, scoring twice.

Name: Orr Barouch

Position: Forward

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 190 lbs.

Date of Birth: November 29, 1991

Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Citizenship: Israel, holds a U.S. green card

Departed: Loaned to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C. on Sept. 13, 2012

ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB

Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire on October 8, 1997, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club enters its 15th Major League Soccer season. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural campaign in 1998 and was crowned champion of U.S. Soccer's national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club's official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

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