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Report: Fire will trade Homegrown midfielder Cam Lindley to Orlando

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On Saturday, MLS reporter Paul Tenorio revealed that the Fire are in talks to send the rights to former University of North Carolina and Homegrown midfielder Cam Lindley to Orlando City SC.

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In return, the Fire are expected to receive Lions defender Rafael Ramos and an unspecified amount of allocation money. The report also states that the deal has been agreed to between the two clubs, however, it hasn’t been finalized to this point.

The Fire, who have had a busy offseason to this point, re-signing captain Dax McCarty and on the verge of bringing back attacking players Bastian Schweinsteiger and David Accam, reached the playoffs in 2017 for the first time in five years.

Meanwhile, Orlando has had a tumultuous few hours today with the Cyle Larin saga dragging on. Turkish side Besiktas released a message stating that a deal had been finalized between the two clubs, however, the Lions refuted that report by revealing that the former University of Connecticut product is under contract until 2019.

Could Arda Turan be the the Chicago Fire’s next conquest?

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Last year the Chicago Fire made tremendous improvements to their roster ahead of the 2017 MLS season, and the side was rewarded handsomely with a trip to the playoffs.

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The additions of players like German star Bastian Schweinsteiger and former Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty were enough to give Veljko Paunovic’s team a lift, but now the Eastern Conference side could be adding another big name into the fold prior to kickoff in 2018.

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Fire are in discussions with Barcelona winger Arda Turan, who has yet to appear for the Blaugrana in La Liga action this season.

Turan has been a staple for his Turkish national side in the past, making 100 appearances for his native country and scoring 16 goals in that span.

The 30-year-old has appeared with some of Europe’s best sides, suiting up for Atletico Madrid and Turkish club Galatasaray before making his move to Barcelona in 2015.

Report: Chicago Fire chasing former Colombian wonderkid Quintero

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The Chicago Fire could make a big splash this MLS offseason or next summer with the latest name rumored to head to the Windy City.

According to a report from The Athletic, the Fire are in negotiations once more to sign Colombian playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero. The Fire nearly signed Quintero last July but reportedly couldn’t agree on a transfer fee with Quintero’s parent club, Porto.

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Quintero is currently in the midst of a career revival. Following his impressive debut for Los Cafeteros at the 2014 World Cup, Quintero was hailed as the next star after James Rodriguez for Colombia. But he nearly fell off the map for both club and country, and there were rumors he was ready to quit soccer to pursue a music career.

In January 2017, he returned on loan to his native Colombia to play for Indepediente Medellin, arch rivals of his former side Atletico Nacional. Since coming home, he’s found some of his old form that made jaws drop both in South America and abroad, scoring 13 goals in 25 league matches and another two goals in five Copa Sudamericana matches.

The report states that it appeared Quintero would move to Sevilla in the upcoming transfer window with his loan to Indepediente complete, but Sevilla has reportedly turned its sights on Wesley Sneijder, leaving Quintero available for a club like the Fire.

The Fire meanwhile are looking to make a splash this offseason, with Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas even mentioned as a possible signing.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is currently a free agent, though there’s a chance he could return for another season as well.

 

No timeline, but Fire “optimistic” Schweinsteiger will return

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Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s first season in MLS was a success, propelling the Chicago Fire back into the playoffs and possibly earning Best XI status.

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It’s no surprise that Chicago general manager Nelson Rodriguez would be thrilled to have the ex-Bayern Munich metronome back in the fold for next season, and Rodriguez was asked about the prospects of such a move.

From MLSSoccer.com:

“We remain optimistic that Basti and we will reach a mutually satisfactory agreement and that he will return,” said the Fire’s GM. “I won’t put a timeline on it. I think Basti has proven his importance to our club and to our team and that remains a priority to bring him back.”

Schweinsteiger, 33, scored three times and added two assists in 24 MLS matches this season. Here’s hoping he does indeed return for a return engagement. His 8.3 long balls per game led the Fire, and only a pair of goalkeepers and stellar Atlanta center back Leandro Gonzalez Pirez averaged more than “Schweiny.”

MLS: Mihailovic suffered ACL tear, RBNY purchases Murillo contract

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While the play on the field Wednesday night was exciting, there was also plenty of news not pertaining to the matches that transpired.

Following the Chicago Fire’s brutal defeat to the New York Red Bulls in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the club also learned that Homegrown midfielder Djordje Mihailovic will be sidelined for quite some time.

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The 18-year-old suffered an ACL tear to his right knee on Wednesday night during the second half of the Fire’s match. The club confirmed Mihailovic’s injury status on Thursday.

In his first season with the team, Mihailovic appeared in 17 matches for Veljko Paunovic’s side.


The Red Bulls have reportedly finalized the purchase for Panamanian defender Michael Amir Murillo’s contract.

WFAN’s Glenn Crooks reported the news on Wednesday following the Red Bulls’ 4-0 win over the Fire in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Murillo joined the club this season on loan from San Francisco FC — who plays in Panama’s top flight. Including the playoffs, Murillo has appeared in 18 matches for the Jesse Marsch’s squad, starting in 16 of them and scoring two goals.


Finally, the Colorado Rapids appear close to hiring their next manager.

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Club sporting director Padraig Smith said on Wednesday that the team is “in the final stages” of determining the Rapids’ coach for the 2018 season.

“Well what I can tell you is we’re very close,” Smith told The Vic Lombardi Show. “We’re in the final stages, and I think that’s what we’re very, very excited about right now.

“I think if we take this back, we spoke at the very outset that we were going to conduct the most comprehensive search that this club ever has done, to try to identify not just the right coach but the right person for this club, to bring us forward. There’s no doubt we’ve left no stone unturned here.”

Long-time player, turned manager, Pablo Mastroeni was fired during the 2017 season, with Steve Cooke replacing the former USMNT midfielder for the remainder of the campaign.