Friedrich to return in 2013

Well that didn’t take long.

The Fire have announced that veteran defender Arne Friedrich has re-signed with the club for 2013.  Friedrich stated last Wednesday night that his intentions were to remain in Chicago and the Fire reciprocated quickly.  After recovering from a back injury in 2011 that led to his arrival in MLS, the 33 year old centerback proved that he is more than capable of continuing to play at a high level as one of the top defenders in the league.

This was a no brainer and the first positive offseason move for the Fire in preparation for next season.


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  • awesome. now to get that striker that can finish and another playmaker.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Those are the top two priorities in my opinion. Unfortunately those are the two toughest positions to fill in MLS. With 2 DP slots already taken I wouldn't hold my breath for a big name though.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    i'd settle for a winger or wingback that can cross well, plus another goalscorer of any position (would be nice to get someone who can put in set pieces)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Good point....Crossing is definitely a weakness that needs to be addressed.

  • Great news! I wonder what this means for Gibbs. I really liked him last year, he would seem to provide excellent depth, but is he too expensive? Is he even signed past this year?

  • In reply to Drew:

    At $165K with a history of injuries you have to wonder if he'll be around next season. That's pretty steep for an MLS back up.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Anibaba can be a quality backup for CB, and i'd guess he is paid much less than Gibbs

    mite even need Anibaba to be the one to takes over for Freidrich once he does retire or go somewhere else

    time to dump Bone though. he couldnt break into the first team this season, its not gonna happen in the future, and IIRC he gets paid a fair bit for someone who never sees the field

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Anibaba and Berry seem to be the CB pairing of the future so Gibbs is probably expendable. Gibbs made $165K this year and Anibaba was at $105K with bonuses.

    Bone made $161K but he's still Generation Adidas so his contract didn't count against the cap. If he graduates from the program this year and they're forced to count him against the budget he's probably in trouble at that guaranteed compensation total.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    even if he doesn't count against the cap, is it worth keeping bone for that money if he isn't going to play at all?

    i've been trying to find gibbs' contract length, but can't find if he's under contract for the fire next year or not. does anyone know? 165k is a lot for a back-up, but could be worth a gamble for a team that needs help. he's a good player when healthy.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Nope and they almost never publish contract length which makes it difficult on all of us.

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  • The only league I watch is the MLS and the thing that bothers me is the different season from European football. I don't like rooting for a team that gets wiped out and replaced with different players halfway though the season. This year there seemed like there were more changes than any other season since I've started watching the Fire. Obviously the MLS is going to lose it's best players to Europe if they are good enough, but I'd like to follow a consistent team all year, with only minor changes.

  • The difference in the season start/finishes from the Euro leagues is always going to cause changes in midseason with the transfer window opening in July. It would be a nice to have a complete squad from start to finish but it's very hard to get that done with the reality of contracts ending to coincide with certain windows.

    Or MLS can switch to the Euro calendar and play in January/February. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    they could do that, but would have to expect a lot of postponements & scheduling issues like last night in NY

    especially the upper mountain west and midwest parts of the country the winters can be too brutal for soccer. only the south and the coasts would be playable year round (west coast in particular)

    i spose they could work the schedule such that colorado, chicago and columbus have all road matches in january-february :)

    plus i think less "warm climate" players would come to MLS because of a much longer winter than most places have to deal with (Englands winters are mild compared to ours)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Yep...I really don't think switching to the Euro calendar is feasible here. There are countless reasons why it's not.

  • What are the odds that Deleon gets ROY after scoring in the playoffs to get NY past DC? We already know that MLS isn't big on defenders for the award.

  • In reply to Mateu:

    Never mind, just saw the answer to my own question on Twitter. :)

  • What's up with Tornaghi's finger?

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    PaulTornaghi Ready for the new finger! Pronti per il dito nuovo! #surgery

  • Somehow this one got cut from my post:

    HunterJumper_ @PaulTornaghi good luck, buddy! Can't wait to see you back on the field yesterday · reply · retweet · favorite

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Sounds like a bionic finger.

    But seriously....probably post season maintenance. I'll ask.

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