The Chicago Fire have acquired 19-year-old defender Carlos Terán via a transfer from Envigado FC in Colombia, the club announced today.
He’s under contract through the 2024 season, with a club option for 2025.
“Carlos is a promising young player who can play as a center back and as a right full-back,” Fire Sporting Director Georg Heitz said in a news release. “Colombia has produced many talented players and we are excited to sign one of its rising youth national team defenders. We are looking forward to working with him as we believe that he will fit in very well with our current group of players.”
The club sees Terán as a great signing for the future, but they believe he the ability to compete for minutes in 2020. His arrival in Chicago is up in the air right now, because of the visa process and COVID traveling restrictions.
Terán will occupy an international slot on the 2020 Fire roster. Luka Stojanović and Kenneth Kronholm were both placed on the season ending injury list. Terán will occupy the international slot previously held by Stojanović.
Here’s more on Terán from the Fire’s news release:
Terán made his professional debut as an 18-year-old on Jan. 30, 2019, Since then, he’s made 17 appearances (16 starts) in Colombia’s top-flight from 2019-20. Additionally, the defender has made three appearances (three starts) in the Copa Colombia tournament during that stretch.
Internationally, Terán has featured for Colombia’s U-20 and U-23 sides in major tournaments. In 2019, Terán was named to Colombia’s final roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. The defender made an appearance in the group stage, featuring in Colombia’s 2-0 win over Poland on May 23, 2019.
Additionally, Terán has made two appearances for Colombia’s U-23 team in 2020, recording starts in the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament. The defender started against Argentina’s U-23 side on Jan. 19 and played the full 90 minutes against Uruguay’s U-23 team on Feb. 10.