This year's open tryout winner is Peruvian born midfielder Fabrizio Pittaluga . Unlike last year's winner Pari Pantazopoulos who is a local product, Pittaluga is based out of Miami, Florida and travelled 1300 miles to participate in last month's open tryout camp.
The 6 foot, 22 year old midfielder has some experience via training stints with Serie A's Cagliari, Miami Kendall FC in the US Soccer Development Academy, and Peruvian clubs Sport Boys Association and Universidad Cesarvallejo. He'll still need to impress enough during training camp to make the final roster like Pantazopoulos did in 2011.
Conde Wants Back In?
A recent report on MLSsoccer.com quoted Wilman Conde as saying he would be interested in returning to MLS and Chicago. The Fire still hold Conde's MLS playing rights should he re-sign with the league. According to the report Conde is weighing an offer from Millonarios in Colombia but is waiting for an MLS offer to be finalized before making a decision. The Fire could theoretically trade his rights within the league if he returns stateside.
MLS Schedule This Week?
Various outlets are reporting that the complete MLS schedule will be available this week and some details are starting to leak. This site claims that Toronto FC will be playing the Fire on April 21 and July 21 in Toronto, and the Reds will travel here on August 4.
Releasing the schedule earlier than ever before will be a welcome bonus for the thousands of travelling fans throughout the league.