Archive for December 2016

January window approaches - what's next for the Fire?

The additions of Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho make the Fire a better team but there is still plenty of work to be done to get back into serious consideration for a playoff spot next season. Goalkeeper, right back, right mid, and that “boss” in central midfield that Nelson Rodriguez referenced last week are still on... Read more »

Fire add Juninho to midfield mix

The Fire added another potentially important piece to the 2017 roster by signing former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Juninho on loan from Club Tijuana in Mexico. In order to get him they had to move up in the Allocation ranking after Atlanta passed. Chicago sent their #3 Allocation spot, their natural second round pick in... Read more »

Fire sign Nikolic, look to add more

The Fire added their top striker target in Nemanja Nikolic this morning. A transfer fee and three-year contract for Nikolic lands him in Chicago to start the 2017 season. Nelson Rodriguez spoke to media this afternoon from Poland where the deal was finalized. Nikolic will occupy a Designated Player spot and an international roster spot.... Read more »
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Fire offseason update/rumor rundown

After passing on players available in today’s Waiver Draft, the Fire will have another chance to add to their roster on Friday with Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft taking place at 2 pm CT. While it doesn’t sound like they’ll be active on Friday either, Nelson Rodriguez and Veljko Paunovic are continuing their scouting... Read more »

Fire protect 11 ahead of Expansion Draft

Trading Sean Johnson left the Fire with 12 contracted players eligible for Tuesday’s Expansion Draft. All MLS clubs could protect 11 players from selection by Atlanta or Minnesota, and the Fire’s eleven are: Accam, Alvarez, Campbell, de Leeuw, Goossens, Kappelhof, Lampson, Meira, Polster, Solignac, Vincent Unprotected: Arshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos,... Read more »

Johnson officially traded to Atlanta....and then traded again

The deal has been in place for at least a week now but it became official today, Sean Johnson has been traded to Atlanta United FC in exchange for General Allocation Money. The expansion side then dealt him in anticipation of signing USMNT goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who is returning to MLS this coming season. Atlanta... Read more »
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Fire in pursuit of Nemanja Nikolic

Fire in pursuit of Nemanja Nikolic
December has arrived and the transfer mill is beginning to gear up. A report from ESPNFC this morning tabbed the Fire as a suitor for Legia Warsaw striker Nemanja Nikolic. Sources have indicated to Fire Confidential that the club is indeed interested in Nikolic and is pursuing a move. As indicated in the original report,... Read more »