Fire Add Midfielder and Central Defender

The Fire have announced the signings of former Carolina Railhawks midfielder Daniel Paladini and Croation central defender Josip Mikulic.  Paladini is a 2 time USL Best XI player who excels on free kicks and Mikulic joins the team from NK Zagreb. 

Paladini, 26 and Mikulic, 24 along with Cory Gibbs are presumably the first of several signings that will be announced during the next several weeks as the Fire looks to fill as many as possibly a dozen remaining open roster spots. 

Here are a few highlights of Paladini in action.

In other Fire related news, an announcement regarding an addition to the coaching staff also appears to be near. 

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  • Not a whole lot of information out there on Mikulic.....

    http://www.nkzagreb.hr/main.asp?dir=igrac&igracID=33

  • In reply to cesba:

    Since the Fire made the acquisition of the center back and midfielder, does that mean that their draft plans changed with the 9th overall pick to look at the forward position?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I don't think so. Picking up a USL midfielder and a part time starter from Croatia probably don't change the fact that they'll go with the best player available regardless of position. Paladini and Mikulic may turn out to be good players but you can't change your draft strategy because of them.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I wonder if this means we do not pick a CB at 9. Who is the last college forward to score goals in their rookie year? very few make an immediate impact. I still think a good CB is in order.

  • In reply to Celt:

    In his rookie season (2002), Taylor Twellman scored 23 goals in 28 games for the Revolution. Bunbury, Mwanga and Zakuani have made major roles for their respected teams but nothing that could match Twellman robust numbers. If they don't get center back with that pick, I wouldn't surprise me that they will draft a forward that they like but if some certain guy from Indiana (I have been mentioning so many times) is available, the Fire should grab him. I like the Fire to look at that little pest (in a good way) name Plata that was flying around the combine; he is very good on the move.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It will be interesting to see where Plata goes since he's a tiny dude. He has looked really good against the assembled college talent. We'll see how MLS scouts think he can stack up against the league. I think he's an early to mid first round pick.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Jeff Crandall looks at the draft.........

    http://ht.ly/3C4F4

  • In reply to cesba:

    Wow! Tim Ward for the51st pick. That's nearly as brilliant as releasing Busch. I really have no faith in DLC. He wrote off Krol before the season started, never changed his mind, tried to replace him with an inferior player, and seems to have written of Bone as well given that he couldn't find minutes for him even in games that meant little. DLC's talk about beautiful football reminds me of the old joke where the coach explains his tactics to his team."OK lads, 4 quick goals and then defense, defense."

  • In reply to Celt:

    Sean Johnson is worlds better than Jon Busch.....I'm thrilled to have Johnson in the net.

  • In reply to jking:

    Even so, it doesn't negate the fact that the Fire give away tradable commodities and have therefore suspect judgement. Mapp, Ward and Busch and practically nothing in return. protecting Carr doesn't look to bright either. This season will tell the tale

  • In reply to jking:

    Other than the Akron Zips players, I have no interest in the college draft, hate colle play generically--save your breath, I know I'm in the minority. However, I am excited at what Rongen and Cabrera are doing in bringing in totally new faces to the U17 and U20 teams. Following is a listing of the current U17 residency camp--couple of Fire Juniors in there. In the convoluted US Soccer/MLS rules how can the Fire sink their hooks into these guys?? ------------------------
    2011 U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Roster:
    GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA Academy; Chino, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas).
    DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Michael King (Texans SC Houston; Spring, Texas), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Reed Norton (Concorde Fire; Evans, Ga.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City).
    MIDFIELDERS (15): Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texans SC Houston; League City, Texas), Patrick Foss (D.C. United Academy; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Fernando Laverde (unattached; Cali, Colombia), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.), Colton Storm (HMMS Eagle FC; Mechanicsburg, Pa.).
    FORWARDS (9): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA Academy; Winchester, Calif.), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea FC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy Academy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.).

  • In reply to jking:

    Orrin Schwarz looks at the draft in the Daily Herald......

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110111/sports/701129944/

  • In reply to jking:

    Here is Ridge Mahoney's "mock draft"for Chicago. -------
    9. Chicago. Omar Salgado*. A foreign forward will be signed at some point, but this tall (6-foot-4), talented youngster has lots of room to grow for a franchise that has developed some pretty good players.

    GR do you know something about this??-->"A foreign forward will be signed at some point..."

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    The foreign forward names that I'm aware of are the names mentioned in foreign press reports....Aleksandar Jevtic and Michael Mifsud.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    IMO, Omar Salgado will be gone by then. Center back will fall in their hands with the 9th pick.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Probably right.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Damani Ralph also comes to mind as an impact forward right of the bat. I think of Chad Barrett as 10th pick and well regarded but limited in MLS. Of course, forwards are hard to find everywhere, foreign or domestic. If you can score goals you are usually not for sale. I will keep an eye on Will Bruin and if he is a bust I will blame Longoria. As for Plata, if he is good enough, he is big enough. Nothing wrong with a flying flea, see Messi, Maradonna and the Barca midfield.

  • In reply to Celt:

    It isn't rather if you can blame me or not, I am just giving my take on the draft and my insights on certain players. Don't get started with Chad Barrett (AKA the king of missing wide open goals), he is perfect where he is at right now.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Besides, celt, Will Bruin can't be any worse than the Calen Carr's or the Mike Banner's of the world.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    By that standard he would be great. You know I' m joking on the blame bit, but I still hope for a CB. Anibaba looks like a fine athlete and footballer and if he is there I hope he is picked.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Anibaba would be the top CB for me.

  • In reply to Celt:

    understood celt....LOL!!! ;)

  • In reply to Celt:

    I think they'll still go with the best player available regardless of position but one of the top CB's will probably be there at #9. Maybe AJ Soares.

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    http://ht.ly/3BXjN

  • Hot Time In Old Town has a pretty good look at Paladini via a Q&A.....

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2011/1/11/1928424/new-chicago-fire-player-daniel-paladini-through-the-eyes-of-w-jarrett

    Not sure I like the Brian Plotkin comparison though.

  • In reply to cesba:

    ugh....hold your breath on this one.

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