Monday, January 21, 2013

Fire Heats Up Monday MLS News

Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire made a number of announcements on a busy Monday:

- First, they have re-signed midfielder Corben Bone and exercised the option years on the contracts of Brazilian midfielder Alex and American midfielder Michael Videira.

Bone has appeared in 17 games over the last three seasons.

Alex joined the Fire last summer and scored two goals in 17 appearances

Videira, a second round 2008 MLS SuperDraft pick by the New England Revolution, played one season in Scotland with Hamilton in Scotland before returning to New England, then moved to Chicago in 2011, playing in 12 games since then.

- Second, the Fire declined to exercise the option year on Mexican foward Guillermo Franco's contract.

He appeared in three games last season after being in September 2012.

- Finally, Fire defender Arne Friedrich received his Green Card, making him a permanent US resident and freeing up an international roster spot for the team.

He was signed as a free agent March 7, 2012, was named last season's league Defender of the Year, and was re-signed November 7, 2012.

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