Chicago Fire President Nelson Rodriguez believes Micheal Azira will balance the squad after his arrival from Canada-based Montreal Impact.

Michael Azira (32) in action

Azira was exchanged for defender Jorge Corrales and the Fire’s slot in the allocation order, Impact also giving away a second-round pick in the 2020 SuperDraft.

Rodriguez says Azira will be a plus to the team.

“While it is difficult to part with Jorge, who has defended the club’s honor with all his might, acquiring Micheal provides us with more balance and options as we make our push for the playoffs,” he said in a team statement.

Azira has earned 10 caps (eight starts) for the Uganda Cranes, including six appearances in the Africa Cup of Nations (2017, 2019).