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Chicago Fire sign two-year contract with Prozone & four players released from camp

Soccer performance analysis company Prozone has announced that the Chicago Fire are among their newest clients.

We are also pleased to announce that Chicago Fire is the latest team to sign with Prozone ahead of the new MLS season. Since the clubs foundation in 1997 Chicago Fire have established themselves as one of the leagues most successful teams and will be using Prozone MATCHVIEWER and RECRUITER for their post-match analysis and player scouting.  

2010 MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids have been using Prozone for two years now so it has to be good, right?  The Fire signed a two year contract.  Also joining Chicago in using Prozone for at least the 2011 season will be Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Sporting KC, DC United, and Columbus Crew.  I could write more on this topic but HTIOT's statistical guru Mark Rogers has returned from his off-season hibernation now that pre-season is warming up.  Look for an extended piece tonight or tomorrow.

In on-the-field news, the Fire sent out a press release announcing that new singing Gaston Puerari has arrived in camp and started training on Monday.  While Puerari has arrived, Yannik Salmon, Barry Rice, Ashley McInnes and Hunter Jarrett have all been released from camp.  Salmon's release is a little surprising so early in camp given that he was Chicago's 27th pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.  To provide some context, D.C. United simply 'passed' when they were on the clock with the 39th pick but 24 other players were selected after Salmon.  I certainly hope none of them pan out for their clubs except for Sam Arthur who the Fire later selected with the 45th pick of the draft...

In Chicago Fire vendor news, Schafer|Condon|Carter purchased the C.C.P. Holden Building located at 1027 W. Madison.  The building is noteworthy for having been built in 1872, immediately after the Great Chicago Fire.  How's that for a little coincidence with your morning coffee.