The makeover of the back line is nearly complete. The Fire have announced the addition of right back Rodrigo Ramos on loan from Coritiba Football Club in Brazil's first division. The twenty year old has come up through Coritiba's youth system and was a member of the runner-up Brazilian side that fell to Veljko Paunovic's Serbian team in last summer's U20 World Cup. He made two appearances as a substitute during the tournament.
Ramos is expected to compete for the starting right back spot and will join the team pending receipt of his P1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
The club is still in pursuit of another centerback in addition to Johan Kappelhof, who was officially announced yesterday. Should a deal not materialize for Lech Poznan center back Marcin Kaminski, sources indicate that a Spanish defender is also a possibility.
The Fire currently have 22 signed players on the roster, and 5 of the allotted 8 international spots occupied.
GK: Sean Johnson, Patrick McLain, Matt Lampson*
DEF: Patrick Doody, Eric Gehrig, Michael Harrington, Brandon Vincent, Jonathan Campbell, Vincent Keller**, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Mauricio Pineda^, Rodrigo Ramos
MID: Kingsley Bryce, David Accam, Collin Fernandez, Matt Polster, Harry Shipp, Michael Stephens, Drew Conner, Nick LaBrocca, Razvan Cocis, Alex Morrell**, Vincent Mitchell**, Arturo Alvarez*, Parker Maher^^
FWD: Kennedy Igboananike, Gilberto, Joey Calistri
**unsigned draft pick
^^Saint Louis FC player