The Chicago Fire signed goalkeeper Alec Dufty on Tuesday. He joins a group that features second-year No. 1 goalkeeper Sean Johnson and former Toronto FC goalkeeper Jon Conway, who was acquired during the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
Dufty trained with Chicago toward the end of the Fire's 2010 season and sat on the bench for several games last year. He has been with the team as a trialist throughout this year's preseason.
"Alec is a talented young goalkeeper with size and confidence in the goal," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said of the 6-foot-5, 23-year-old Dufty. "He has the ability to grow as a 'keeper with the Fire and helps provide stability to our goalkeeping core."
Dufty most recently played for AC St. Louis in the USSF Division 2 Pro, making 30 appearances in 2010.
The Raleigh, N.C., native made his MLS debut with the New York Red Bulls on April 11, 2009, coming into the match in the 8th minute for Danny Cepero en route to a scoreless draw against the Houston Dynamo. However, New York waived Dufty shortly after to make room for the signing of defender Alfredo Pacheco. That game is Dufty's lone regular-season appearance in MLS.