More than any other player, Jalil Anibaba's stock was helped immensely by the MLS Combine. The Chicago Fire apparently were impressed, as he ended up being their pick at the No. 9 spot. The University of North Carolina product was named the combine's top player.
The center back is more of a shutdown defender and has the physical presence for it. He's 6-foot-0 and 175 pounds and has been on the U-18 and U-20 United States youth teams.
The Fire are in dire need of players at this point, having lost both of their starting center backs during the offseason. Anibaba will likely start almost right away.