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Chicago Fire Sign 2022 First-Round Pick Kendall Burks

The 22-year-old defender split his collegiate career with California State University Bakersfield and the University of Washington.

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The Chicago Fire signed Kendall Burks through the 2023 MLS season with options for 2024-25, the club announced Friday.

Chicago selected the 22-year-old defender with the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft following a trade with the New York Red Bulls. The Fire sent the No. 7 pick to the Red Bulls for the No. 11 pick and $100,000 in 2022 General Allocation Monday (GAM). New York used the No. 7 pick to select Navy defender Matt Nocita.

“Kendall is a talented young player who we believe has the tools to compete for playing time in multiple positions during his rookie season,” Chicago sporting director Georg Heitz said in a release. “We’re very pleased that he has decided to begin his professional career in Chicago, despite having options to play overseas, and look forward to seeing his continued growth within our environment.”

Burks played for California State University Bakersfield (2018-19) and the University of Washington (2021) during his collegiate career. He helped the Huskies reach the 2021 NCAA national championship match, where they fell 2-0 to Clemson.

Burks trained with English Championship side Nottingham Forest this winter, but joined the Fire for preseason camp earlier this month.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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