Maloney leaves Championship strugglers Wigan after three-and-a-half successful years with the club, in a spell that saw him win the FA Cup in 2013.
The Scotland International made 91 appearances for Wigan, scoring 15 goals and adding 17 assists for the Latics, and he can’t wait to be a part of a new-look Chicago Fire team in 2015.
“I’m very happy to be joining the Fire,” Maloney said after sealing the move stateside. “I owe a lot to the manager Frank Yallop and the owner Andrew Hauptman for getting this done.
“I certainly didn’t expect it to get done this quickly, so I appreciate the faith that they’ve shown in me. It’s a brilliant league and I’m really hopeful that I’m going to enjoy Chicago and be a big part of what the club is building.”
Maloney is the third Designated Player signing the Fire have made during the offseason as the Eastern Conference club look to bounce back in 2015 after a poor campaign last year.
International strikers Kennedy Igboananike and David Accam have both been added as DP’s and Maloney will hope to be the man to give those two service.
Harry Shipp was the Fire’s most influential player last season and he will be able to learn a lot from the experienced Maloney, who will add another dimension to Chicago’s attacking play.
Maloney will be unveiled as a Chicago Fire player today at Toyota Park during a press conference set to begin at 3:15PM GMT.
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