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Chicago Fire Acquires Polish National Team Midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski

January 22, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that it has acquired Polish National Team midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski via transfer from Polish first-division club Jagiellonia Bialystok, utilizing Discretionary Targeted Allocation Money. The 23-year-old midfielder is under contract with the Fire through the 2022 MLS season. He will be added to the Fire's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

"We are pleased to finally capture Przemyslaw's services," said Chicago Fire Soccer Club President and General Manager Nelson Rodriguez. "Our patience and persistence overcame several suitors, and we believe he will prove to be a fan favorite for his relentless style of play."

Frankowski joins the Fire after spending the past seven seasons with two different clubs in the Polish first division, tallying 181 appearances (137 starts) during that stretch. A native of Gdansk, Poland, Frankowski began his professional career in Poland's top flight with Lechia Gdansk in 2012. After spending two seasons with his hometown club, Frankowski joined Jagiellonia Bialystok during the 2014-15 campaign. In five seasons with Jagiellonia Bialystok, he complied 140 appearances (113 starts), tallying 24 goals in league play. Additionally, the midfielder made seven appearances (six starts) for Jagiellonia Bialystok in the UEFA Europa League, scoring three goals.

"Przemyslaw is a very versatile player with fantastic pace," said Chicago Fire Soccer Club Head Coach Veljko Paunovic. "He fits the profile we're looking for in a winger very well and is capable of committing defenders, delivering great balls from the flank and scoring goals. He also has a great work rate, focus and attitude. We are looking forward to him joining our Club and contributing to the success of the team."

On the international stage, Frankowski has featured at various levels for the Poland National Team. After earning caps at the U16-U21 levels, Frankowski made his debut for Poland's senior team on March 23, 2018 in an international friendly against Nigeria. Since making his international debut, Frankowski has earned three additional caps for the Polish National Team, including an appearance in the UEFA Nations League.

Transaction: Chicago Fire Soccer Club acquires Polish National Team midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski via transfer from Jagiellonia Bialystok, utilizing Discretionary Targeted Allocation Money, on Jan. 22, 2019.

Name: Przemyslaw Frankowski

Pronunciation: Shem-eh-suave Fran-kov-ski

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 155 lbs.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1995

Birthplace: Gdansk, Poland

Citizenship: Poland

Last Club: Jagiellonia Bialystok

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