As 2012 winds down and the New Year approaches it's almost time for soccer's mid winter "silly season" to commence. Things probably won't get really interesting until the week of the Superdraft on January 17. In the meantime here are a few nuggets for your entertainment.....
Former Fire midfielder Peter Lowry is the guest on the latest Red Priests podcast. He has some interesting things to say about his time in Chicago, playing in Portland, and chimes in with some thoughts on the possible MLS/USL-Pro reserve league merger. Check it out here. You can also check out his blog, which features a player's perspective with a little humor mixed in.
A couple of reports out of Argentina claim that Sebastian Grazzini has received an offer to return to the Fire. I don't see this one happening but this story has had plenty of strange twists and turns. Grazzini scored 2 goals in 15 games for Atletico de Rafaela this past season. (Hat tip to @Ugly11 for pointing these out on twitter)
With the MLS combine coming up in two weeks and the Superdraft almost three weeks away the Fire should be busy attempting to fill out the remainder of the roster. The European transfer window generally opens on Tuesday but the MLS window opens on January 21. There are currently at least 5-6 open spots waiting to be claimed.
GK Johnson, Tornaghi
D Anibaba, Berry, Friedrich, Jumper, Kinney, Segares, Walls
M Alex, Bone*, Fernandez, Nyarko, Paladini, Pardo, Pause, Pineda, Videira, Thompson
F Gulley, MacDonald, Oduro, Rolfe, Santos, Franco**
*Bone has not officially re-signed with the club as of yet
**Franco's contract expires on Dec. 31