BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire signed Bolingbrook native and Plainfield East High School product Victor Pineda as the organization's first homegrown player.
The 17-year-old Pineda will be available for selection for Wednesday's match against the New England Revolution at Toyota Park.
"Victor is a talented, technical midfielder who has a bright future with the Fire," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said in a release. "His addition to the first team is representative of the Fire's commitment to the future and to our player development system."
Pineda played for two seasons with the Chicago Fire Juniors and three seasons with the Chicago Fire Academy. With the academy team, he netted eight goals in 28 matches, and he helped the team become the first MLS academy club to win the 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy's U-16 National Championship.
In June, Pineda was the only Illinois native to be named to the Parade Magazine All-America High School Boys Soccer Team.
MLS allows for two roster spots for homegrown players within each organization's active roster list. Pineda's availability does not count as part of the 24-man roster.