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Chicago Soccer Smolderings - Daily Links 2/23

We collect the top Chicago Soccer news of the last 24 hours in case you missed it.

Wednesday 2/23 - DLC makes more cuts, new trialist in town, hot Croatian rumor, the Fire miss the playoffs before the season even starts, the team puts on a clinic, and Nyarko gives a training update.

Details and links after the break...


Weekly Notes | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
De los Cobos continues to refine his training camp roster releasing supplemental draft selection Amani Walker and trialists Jordan Seabrook, Eric Ustruck, Evan Schwartz, Fabian Burbano, Anderson Costa and Jocian Bento. Newly signed Uruguayan forward Diego Chaves joined the club late Saturday night and is expected to participate in his first full training session on Tuesday, after doing fitness work the past two days. Tunisian Nadir Taider [Nabil Tadier?] joined camp in Ave Maria as the newest trialist. With the latest cuts and additions, 33 players remain in camp as the Fire turn their focus towards finalizing an Opening Day roster ahead of the roster compliance date on Tuesday, March 1. The current camp is comprised of 21 signed players, two draft picks and 10 trialists.

Croatian Intl. Marko Babic weighing move to Chicago - Hot Time In Old Town
Babic, 30 years old, has 49 caps for Croatia, scoring three goals. He featured in their 2006 World Cup team, though he didn't participate in Euro 2008. His last club was Zaragoza of La Liga, making 14 appearances last season with previous stops at Hertha Berlin and Sevilla. He is currently a free agent.

Chicago Fire get involved in community with clinic, meet and greet » Naples Daily News
Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire showed they planned to do more than train in Southwest Florida during their two-week stay.

MLS ’11 Preview: Can International Signings Spark a Fire Under Chicago? | Major League Soccer Talk
Will Puerari and Chaves be able to score more goals than the departed talent? Can youngsters Johnson and Anibaba help reduce the number of goals allowed? Can Gibbs provide McBride-esque leadership? This is a team in transition that looks to have maybe less talent overall than last season, but might have more productive talent. Productive enough to sneak into a playoff spot? 

Training Days: Patrick Nyarko | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
VIDEO: Fire winger checks in from camp.

Chicago Riot playoff hopes dealt critical blow in losses to Wave and Comets - Hot Time In Old Town
The Chicago Riot took in two losses and we've got all you need.