Tag: Arne Friedrich

Arne Friedrich retires

Herniated discs have forced defender Arne Friedrich into retirement. The Fire’s 2012 Defender of the Year confirmed via his personal website this morning that he was terminating his contract with Chicago and retiring effective immediately. After injuring his back and hamstring shortly before the season opener, Friedrich traveled to Germany to receive treatment from a... Read more »

Soumaré headed back to the Fire - updated

After weeks of speculation about a deal to bring defender Bakary Soumare back to the Fire, an agreement has finally been reached. Details of the trade are still being finalized but Soumaré has left Philadelphia and is headed to back to Chicago. The deal apparently still includes the Union picking up a big portion of... Read more »

Not so good news on Friedrich, NBC ramps up BPL coverage

When we recorded the latest episode of the Fire Confidential podcast last Wednesday it seemed that things were moving along with Arne Friedrich’s injury recovery and the veteran centerback would be back in the line-up if not for the Houston game then certainly for the upcoming match against Columbus on Saturday. Now it seems that... Read more »

Friedrich to miss next 2 weeks (at least)

The Fire announced today that defender Arne Friedrich was travelling to Germany to continue rehabilitation on the injury which has kept him from participating in the first two games of the 2013 season. The club’s 2012 defender of the year will seek treatment from therapist Thomas Fennewald, a specialist who has helped him recover from... Read more »

Fire international spots open up

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... Read more »

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... Read more »

Friedrich out 3-4 weeks/Rolfe, Robayo news & more

After enjoying off days on Monday and Tuesday the Fire resumed training today ahead of a Sunday visit to Portland to face the Timbers, a team they lost to twice last season.  They’ll be without central defender Arne Friedrich for a while though.  The World Cup veteran left Saturday’s match against Sporting Kansas City with... Read more »

Fire defeat Louisville; Friedrich debuts

The Fire defeated the University of Louisville 1-0 in a friendly match this morning but the biggest story of the day was the game debut of defender Arne Friedrich.  The 32 year old World Cup veteran played very well in central defense moving freely, winning balls in the air, and vocally making his presence felt... Read more »

World Cup veteran Friedrich arrives in Chicago

German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich began training with the full squad today and shed some light on why he chose the route which eventually led him to MLS and Chicago.  A defender with 82 national team caps, Friedrich asked for a release from his contract with Wolfsburg in order to pursue other opportunities.  “It... Read more »

Friedrich joins the Fire

German World Cup veteran Arne Friedrich has signed a one year deal with the Fire.  The 32 year old defender, mostly recently with Wolfsburg was released in September at his request after suffering an injury that has kept him out of action until now. Friedrich was a regular starting centerback for the German National team... Read more »