Last week Frank Klopas alluded to not having a problem with international spots this season despite trading away two slots in the last two weeks and now we know why the coach wasn't concerned. The Fire announced today that defender Arne Friedrich has received his green card and will no longer occupy one of the club's six available international roster positions. Combined with the retirement of Pavel Pardo this weekend the Fire now have three open foreign player spots.
Currently Sherjill MacDonald, Paolo Tornaghi, and Alex occupy international roster slots. Friedrich's green card status gives the Fire some flexibility in pursuing foreign players and also gives Superdraft selection Yazid Atouba a bit more of a chance to stick with the big club if he performs well in training camp.
The Fire have made some pretty solid moves early in 2013. Losing Pardo's leadership is a bit of a setback but they should be better on the pitch with Jeff Larentowicz and Joel Lindpere now on the roster.
As expected, the Fire announced that Corben Bone has been re-signed and the options for Alex and Mike Videira have been picked up. The club also formally announced that Guillermo Franco is no longer with the team. For more on what might be in store for Bone check out the latest episode of the Red Priests podcast.
The MLS Supplemental Draft will take place tomorrow afternoon. The Fire have three selections (30, 49, and 68).