After months of pursuit the Fire have finally announced the signing of Dutch attacker Michael de Leeuw. FC Groningen's leading scorer this past season scored 9 times and added 2 assists over 29 Eredivisie contests. He is the Dutch league's second leading goal scorer over the last five seasons with 56 tallies over that span.
As first reported by Fire Confidential in February, the Philadelphia Union held Discovery Rights on de Leeuw and the Fire paid the $50,ooo.00 in allocation money to sign him per league rules. Targeted Allocation Money was also used to pay his budget hit under the DP minimum and sign de Leeuw to a 2.5 year deal with an option for 2019.
He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa but will not be eligible to play for the Fire until the summer window opens on July 4. He can train with the club and participate in full until then.
de Leeuw will occupy the eighth international spot on the roster.