Fire re-up with Kappelhof

By Sean McCaffery, January 29, 2019

The center back out of Holland will now enter his 4th season in the windy city with the usage of TAM. Nelson Rodriguez, Fire GM & Pres. stated, "Johan has always answered the call." With the team since 2/2/16 he has started 93 of his 95 games amassing top totals teamwide for duels won with 346, interceptions totalling 272 and a haughty 122 tackles. In 2017 he was the team Defensive Player of the Year and on the MLS All-Star team, while getting in 45 minutes facing Real Madrid. Fire HC Veljko Paunovic informed " We are very happy to have Johan back with the team." Before the FIre, he had played 5 years with the Dutch Eredivisie team FC Groningen with 123 games in the top tier of Holland soccer. Added to his total are 8 UEFA Europa League games with the club and full games in all of the 6 group stage games in the 2015-'16 games. Out of the AJax academy, Johan had 5 games with Holland's U-21 team from 2011-'13 with 4 friendlies and an UEFA U-21 Championship  qualifier.