University at Buffalo Men's Soccer

Andrae Clarke Invited to Work Out for Chicago Fire

Former Bull soccer standout to train with MLS team in Bradenton, FL

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Andrae Clarke
BUFFALO, NY Former University at Buffalo men's soccer star Andrae Clarke (Kingston, Jamaica/DeWitt Clinton) has been invited to travel to Bradenton, FL, where he will partake in a work out with Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire on Feb. 7-15. Clarke becomes the second Buffalo footballer in two weeks to garner recognition in the professional soccer world.

Clarke will travel to the IMG Academy in Bradenton for a week-long workout, training for a chance to compete with the team in three exhibition matches in Huelva, Spain at the end of the month. He will be joining the returning veterans as well as the top draftees from this year's MLS draft.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for Andrae to have the professional doors open for him," Buffalo head coach John Astudillo said. "He's going to have a chance to showcase his talents and show what he has done at UB."

Clarke led the Bulls with eight goals and 19 points this past season. The eight goals was second best in the MAC and is one shy of his career high, which he set last season. Clarke is the third player in UB history to lead the team in both goals and points in three seasons behind Buffalo greats Ediru Okpewho (1993-94, 1996) and Steve Butcher (1997-99). The graduating senior ended his UB campaign as one of the best to ever don a UB uniform, setting all-time career records in the process. He is fifth in goals with 22, second in assists with 17 and third in points with 62 total. He also earned first-team All-MAC honors in his senior year.

Major League Soccer is the premier league in the American Soccer Pyramid, which is the term used to describe the structure of the league system in the United States. Based on a five-level system, the MLS is the top tier, and the United Soccer League (USL) is the second tier. UB's Sola Abolaji was the top pick in this year's USL College Player Draft held in January. The Chicago Fire enters its tenth season in Major League Soccer, having been the first expansion team in league history to win the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the league's championships, in its first season (1998).

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