Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire sign Liga MX winger Jairo Torres as Young Designated Player

Lizzy Becherano
Jairo Torres joins Chicago Fire as a Designated Player
Jairo Torres joins Chicago Fire as a Designated Player / ULISES RUIZ/GettyImages

The Chicago Fire have acquired Mexican winger Jairo Torres as a Young Designated Player from Liga MX side Atlas FC. 

He signed through the 2025 Major League Soccer season, and will occupy an international slot on Chicago’s 2022 roster.

Torres is to remain with the Liga MX team for now and will join the Fire on May 1. 

“Jairo checks all the boxes that we were looking for in a Young Designated Player, and we’re very pleased to acquire his services ahead of the club’s 25th season in MLS,” sporting director Georg Heitz said in a release. 

“Jairo has been one of the most productive young players in Liga MX and was an integral part of Atlas’ championship-winning team in 2021. 

“We expect him to be a very important and exciting player for the club and look forward to welcoming him to Chicago on May 1. I’d also like to say a special thank you to our technical director, Sebastian Pelzer, as this move would not have been possible without all his hard work over the last several months.”

The winger has recorded eight goals and eight assists in 108 appearances for Atlas. He’s also featured for the Mexican senior national team, earning his only cap during an international friendly against Trinidad & Tobago on October 2, 2019.

Since he stands as a Young Designated Player, Chicago can still sign up to three U22 Initiative Players. Colombian forward Jhon Duran and Argentine defensive midfielder Federico Navarro currently take up two of those three roster positions. 

Torres is Chicago’s latest DP signing this offseason, alongside midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. The team’s third Designated Player is Paraguay international midfielder Gaston Gimenez, rounding out the squad. 

Chicago kicks off the 2022 MLS season on February 26 when visiting Inter Miami at DRV PNK Stadium.