Fire re-sign Nyarko

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.

Injury Report

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?

Rumorville

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.

 

 

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  • According to this Fox Soccer piece by Ives Galarcep, Bakary Soumare is considering a return to MLS this summer.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/usa/story/galarcep-on-american-soccer-klinsmann-fear-salgado-woe-shea-struggle-040512

    The Fire no longer hold his rights since and he would be subject to allocation. Ironically, the Montreal Impact where Denis Hamlett is "still right here" as an assistant coach to Jesse Marsch, held the the top allocation spot before selecting Eddie Johnson and dealing him to Seattle.

  • The Fire are currently eighth in the allocation ranking behind Vancouver, New England, Toronto, Chivas, San Jose, DC, and Portland.

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    I can only see DC and Portland opting to use that allocation if it's a big expensive player. So... we will see.

  • In reply to waam:

    Toronto desperately needs a center back.

  • In reply to waam:

    Well Kris Boyd hasn't been doing much for Portland so far, so...

  • The latest All-In podcast with Patrick Nyarko......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/04/all-podcast-patrick-nyarko

    Deal appears to be 2 years with an option for a third.

  • The Nyarko news is very good to hear! Well done to whoever is doing this sort of stuff nowadays.

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    In reply to Drew:

    Still stung over Rolfe.

  • In reply to waam:

    indeed. that's why i'm giving credit for them getting out in front of it now and keeping a team leader.

  • Had the opportunity to visit yesterday's practice. The defense looked good especially with the new German defender. The offensive looked just plan bad. Also the argentine midfielder was side lined with leg injuries.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    The offense does tend to look bad without the Argentine midfielder. If Grazzini continues to have injury issues, that is a huge concern.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    do you think or know if he's been hurt since pre-season? he doesn't seem like quite the same player as last year and this would explain it.

  • In reply to Drew:

    He had a hamstring twinge that caused him to miss the last preseason game but he's been fully fit since then as far as I know. Needs to toughen up a bit imo.

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