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Chicago Fire Sign Goalkeeper Alec Dufty

March 1, 2011 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire News Release

CHICAGO, IL (March 1, 2011) - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced the signing of 23-year-old goalkeeper Alec Dufty today. The 6-5 'keeper has trained with the Fire since the onset of the club's preseason camp and will immediately be added to the roster. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Alec is a talented young goalkeeper with size and confidence in goal," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "He has the ability to grow as a 'keeper with the Fire and helps provide stability to our goalkeeping core."

Dufty joins the Fire after playing with USSF Div. 2 Pro side AC St. Louis, appearing in 30 matches over the course of the 2010 season. The Appalachian State University and University of Evansville product signed his first MLS deal with the New York Red Bulls in March of 2009, making his MLS debut against the Houston Dynamo one month later.

The Raleigh, N.C. raised goalkeeper spent three matches on the Fire's bench toward the end of the club's 2010 MLS campaign. In addition, Dufty spent two stints with the Columbus Crew in May 2009 and October 2010.

The Fire host Opening Day at TOYOTA PARK against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 PM CT. Chicago Fire Season Tickets and single game tickets are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club's official website at . The Men in Red will begin their 14th MLS season during "First Kick" week when they travel to Dallas to challenge Brimstone Cup rivals and MLS Cup runners up FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM CT.

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