Chicago Fire fans got their first look at new defender Carlos Terán in a training video released by the club this week. Terán, who is 20, is listed at 6’ 2”, 187 lbs., but the Colombian somehow looks even bigger than that.
Terán, who will wear jersey No. 23, had to train individually after arriving in Chicago earlier this month. He’s been in full team training since Monday, and he said his teammates are helping to get him up to speed.
“They are more than good players, they are good people,” Terán said in Spanish, in a video released by the club. “They have helped me to acclimate myself very well to both the club and the city.”
Terán is one of 12 players aged 21 or younger on the Fire’s first team roster, and along with Gastón Giménez, Miguel Navarro, and Ignacio Aliseda, he’s the fourth South American to sign for the club since Georg Heitz and Raphael Wicky took over. Like the rest of his teammates from warm climates, Chicago will take some getting used to.
“Very happy,” Terán said. “It is a wonderful city. I have to get used to the weather, but for the rest, everything is perfect.”
He was signed from Envigado FC from Colombia’s top division back in August. At the time, the club was looking at him as a signing for the future. It will be interesting to see if Terán is able to step up and earn minutes now. Besides center back, Terán has also played at right back.