The Fire have announced a contract extension for Patrick Nyarko. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the 26 year old's current MLS deal expired at the end of the 2012 season and the club felt it was important to retain him going forward.
Whether playing in midfield or as a forward Nyarko was second to only MVP candidate Brad Davis in total number of scoring chances created during the 2011 MLS season. Re-signing him is an important step towards creating some long term continuity in the side. Marco Pappa's contract expires after this season as does the original terms of Sean Johnson's deal, although the Fire do hold options on the latter.
The early injury report still lists Dan Gargan as "questionable" although the Fire do not play in an MLS match this weekend. A toe injury caused him to miss the match in Colorado.
The Fire will play a friendly against the University of Louisville on Saturday morning at 10am. The match will be played at the Toyota Park practice field and will be open to the public.
Will Arne Friedrich make his Fire debut on Saturday?
A report out of the Italian press has been picked up by an American news outlet notorious for running with nonsensical rumors (see Ballack and Drogba). This time the claim is that striker Daniel Paponi, he of the 7 goals in 101 match strike rate, is contemplating an offer from the Fire.
There is no contract offer on the table for Paponi. The club currently has 7 of the 8 allotted international roster spots filled and this is certainly not the type of player needed to ease the scoring load on Oduro.