The Chicago Fire announced that it has parted ways with winger Stanislav Ivanov, effective immediately.
Ivanov struggled for regular minutes with the Fire.
Ivanov, who has represented Bulgaria at various youth levels, joined Fire in December 2020 from Levski in his native Sofia. The 23-year-old has just one goal and one assist in 27 appearances in all competitions.
The winger is finding his chances increasingly difficult in the 2022 campaign, making just 15 appearances in the MLS regular season.
With the Fire having options like Chris Muller and Jaro Torres as first-choice players at the wing position, and Xherdan Shaqiri and Brian Gutierrez both more capable of switching there, Ivanov will find that in 2023. It’s harder to get playing time.
Chicago is gearing up for their second season under head coach Ezra Hendrickson, who will lead the team back to the MLB Playoffs for the first time since 2017. The Fire kick off their 2023 season by hosting New York City FC on Saturday, March 4.