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MIKE AZIRA: Uganda Cranes Midfielder Moves To USL Championship

After almost two months without a club, Mike Azira has finally moved to New Mexico United Football Club.

The Uganda Cranes midfielder who has been a free agent since his contract at Major League Soccer (MLS) side Chigo Fire expired in November, joins the Albuquerque based side on a short term deal.

He signing was announced by the USL Championship Club on Monday, February 01 via their website and official Twitter account.

“United nation, meet a legend of the game, a champion on and off the pitch, and the latest addition to the Black & Yellow Familia! Micheal Azira, welcome to New Mexico!” Read New Mexico’s tweet.

The club which was founded in 2018 is coached by Troy Lesesne and plays in the second tier of US football.

Azira who is 33-years old comes to New Mexico with bags of experience from the MLS have featured in over 125 games for Seattle Sounders, Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire.

Azira who started out with SC Villa in Kampala, moved to the USA in 2010 and signed for Mississippi Brilla where he feature in 28 games and scored five goals.

He then moved to Charleston Batteries in 2012, playing over 40 games for the side and netting five times.

After impressing at Charleston, Seattle Sounders came calling and signed him in 2014 and after two seasons, the hard working midfielder moved to Colorado Rapids.

At Rapids, Azira spent two seasons before moving to Montreal Impact in 2018 and after just a single campaign, he moved to Chicago Fire where he played from 2029 to 2020.

Azira is a Uganda Cranes international and has featured in several games for the Johnathan McKinstry coach side.

He was part of the Cranes team that participated in both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaigns.

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