Fire Sign Barouch and Videira

The Fire have announced the signing of Orr Barouch and Mike Videira bringing the total number of "signed" players on the roster to 25.  Barouch, a 6'-2" nineteen year old forward and product of the Tigres UANL youth system scored 4 goals against the New York Red Bulls reserves last month.  Videira, 25, has MLS experience with New England and can play midfield or defense. 

If the Fire remains committed to keeping 28 players on the opening day roster the remaining three spots are up for grabs among six players.  Davis Paul, Yoximar, Pari Pantazopoulos, Martin Rivas, Michael Muniz, and Gabriel Ferrari are the candidates assuming that no new acquisitions are made before March 19.  It's also possible that two opening day roster spots become available if Steven Kinney and Mike Banner are placed on the injured list.  Calen Carr is also nursing an undisclosed injury which has kept him out of action in pre season matches. 

Players placed on the short term injury list are required to miss a minimum of six MLS matches. 

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  • Official release........

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/03/fire-ink-two-trialists

  • It seems like Davis Paul is a shoe-in to get signed, wonder why they haven't pulled the trigger on him yet? He's seeing solid playing time, and CDLC has inserted him into a number of different scenarios during the preseason. GR, any idea why they're waiting there, or is there a legit chance they release him? Also GREAT to see Pantazopoulos get this far. Even if he ends up on the reserve squad, it's been really good to see him get this deep into preseason training.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    I would think Paul is in too. I think they're looking at different options for those last three spots. Keeping Yoximar and Rivas would take up international spots so it's not looking good for them IMO.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    I wonder what wage Ferrari will look for and if that is keeping him to be signed as of yet..

  • In reply to lijien:

    I doubt it....I would think his wage would be commensurate to rookie trialists.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think that might be lower then he was used to in Serie B

  • In reply to lijien:

    I hope we sign Ferrari. It looks like he has the size and skills to succeed in the MLS, and it'll be nice to see what he can do when he actually gets to play with a striking partner.

  • In reply to lijien:

    This is he current signed roster:

    Aniababa, Banner, Barouch, Bone, Carr, Chaves, Conway, Dufty, Gibbs, Husidic, Johnson, Kinney, Maric, Mikulic, Nyarko, Paladini, Pappa, Pause, Pineda, Puerari, Ristic, Robinson, Segares, Videira, Watson-Siriboe

    Is this the list of known trialists left?
    Muniz, Pantazopoulos, Yoximar, Rivas, Ferrari

    Isn't it possible that some of the signed players could still be cut? Last yearthey cut John Busch just days before the season started and he was signed at the time. If I had to pick, I would think that Carr, Banner and Robinson could still be let go. GR, has there been any speculation that any of the veterans might still be released?

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Krasov,
    It is possible that some of the veteran signed players could be cut but it's not likely at this point given that two of the trialists would occupy ever valuable international spots. The six remaining unsigned players in camp are mentioned above...you're only missing Davis Paul on your list and he's technically a draft pick and not a trialist.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR, Assuming they don't cut anyone and only go with 28, that leaves 3 spots. Davis Paul gets signed (he seems like a lock at this point), but who else would get the nod? I really hope Ferrari gets signed because I really think he has a huge upside. In the two games I've seen on the web, he seems to really work hard. He defends from the top keeping the pressure off the back three. Also, it would be nice to have another potential US Nats player on the team. Isay let's bring Chris Rolfe back this summer. Maybe 2 years of freezing in Denmark will change his mind and maybe MLS will open its wallet and pay him what he deserves.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    I'm guessing Paul makes it along with Pantazopoulos and Ferrari. Yoximar and Rivas would take up international spots if they signed. Of course if Kinney or Banner are placed on the injured list then more spots open up temporarily.

    I've addressed Rolfe's situation before. He would go through the allocation process if he were to return to MLS. Fire would have to deal with the next team in the allocation order to get him back.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Maybe they'll take it more seriously? It's not like I wanted to see it...

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/03/usoc-shea-stadium

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    peoria? yuck.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Yep. Peoria. On a weekday. Eh.

    I've said it elsewhere, but if they only expected a few thousand, this is the way to do it.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Is he looking for a Ferrari sticker price? ;-)

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    I thought the rosters were expanded to 30? Are they going to keep 28 to keep a couple of slots open for future signings?

  • In reply to Drew:

    The max roster limit was expanded to 30 but that's only a max. Teams can keep 28 players and keep roughly $75K available as allocation money. I think we're going to see additional player signings after the season starts.

  • Orrin Schwarz's Daily Herald predictions.........

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110309/sports/799999037/

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