Conde Trade Soon?
Tim Ream's clearance for a work permit allowing his transfer to Bolton could signal another move from the Fire. The New York Red Bulls will receive a sizable allocation for Ream and it is believed that NY will use some of that money to acquire the rights to Wilman Conde from the Fire. Rumors have circulated since last week that the deal was done and the announcement was being held off until Ream's permit cleared.
A six figure allocation for a player that's reportedly lost a step after suffering foot injuries in Mexico would be an excellent move for the Fire.
Cuesta Still Not In Camp
With an abundance of center backs in camp the Fire may be poised to move another familiar name. Yamith Cuesta has yet to report to camp and Frank Klopas told MLSsoccer.com's Sam Stejskal last week that the club was "trying to work things out" with the player. Klopas would not elaborate further but with Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, Josip Mikulic, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Austin Berry, and Justin Chavez all capable of playing in the middle it would seem that Cuesta's days in Fire red could be numbered.
Cuesta currently occupies an international roster spot.
Fire Add To Technical Staff
I wasn't able to make it downtown for the official jersey unveiling last Thursday but Fire owner Andrew Hauptman revealed that the club has hired Guillermo Petrei to work with Frank Klopas, Javier Leon, and Mike Jeffries. Petrei will not be the new "technical director" and will instead work under Klopas and Leon. Klopas will continue to have final say on player/field related matters. HTIOT fills in some of the blanks here.
Wilt and Marsch Talk MLS
Check out the first episode of PitchInvasion.net's podcast featuring former Fire general manager Peter Wilt and former Fire midfielder/Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch discussing MLS.
Section 8 Chicago
All supporters are invited to Section 8 Chicago's annual general meeting to be held this Saturday at the Toyota Park Stadium Club. For more info click here.
The club also announced today that they have parted ways with midfielder/defender Mike Banner.