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MLS Hot Stove: Fire re-sign Alex, sell Anangono; NYRB, Crew active

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Fire announce that midfielder Alex removed from Re-Entry Draft, and recoup portion of JLA transfer fee after sale to Leones Negros in Mexico

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Add another name to the Chicago Fire roster for 2015, as Chicago Fire Confidential's Guillermo Rivera announced Thursday that midfielder Alex has been withdrawn from Friday's first round of the Re-Entry Draft due to his imminent re-signing.

Alex (full name: Alex Monteiro de Lima), who turns 26 on Monday, has made 75 appearances since joining the Fire in June 2012, scoring 3 goals. He no longer takes up an international slot, as he received his green card in recent months. Alex's new contract is expected to occupy less salary-cap space than last year's $133,700.

Fire sell Anangono

Any questions about Juan Luis Anangono's presence on the Fire's protected list for the 2014 Expansion Draft were answered today, when word came from Mexico that the target man was purchased by Mexican second-division side Leones Negros. Because the Men in Red protected the Ecuadorian (now on loan with LDU Quito), the transfer fee for this latest deal will largely accrue as allocation money for the Fire.

Re-Entry Round 1 today

The first round - oh, I'm sorry, I mean 'Stage One' - of the Re-Entry Draft takes place today at 2 p.m. CST; results will be posted on MLSsoccer.com immediately after the draft concludes. The list of players available was released yesterday and appears here.

Fire players available for selection include:

  • Patrick Ianni
  • Hunter Jumper
  • Steven Kinney
  • Sanna Nyassi
  • Gonzalo Segares
  • Bakary Soumare

Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft is also known as 'The expensive round.' In it, any team in the league can draft any player on the list, with the proviso that they must either a.) pick up the existing option on the player's contract, or b.) make a 'bona fide offer' for a player out-of-contract. (A 'bona fide offer' generally means a contract tender that gives the player at least a 5% pay raise over their previous contract.)

Rosales staying put

One of the more intriguing talents in the Re-Entry Draft, aging playmaker Mauro Rosales, has been withdrawn from the draft list earlier today. Rosales is apparently close to terms to return to Vancouver.

NYRB active

New York's 'other' team - sorry, Red Bulls, but NYCFC kinda suck the oxygen outta the room - has been active. As part of the terms to acquire winger Sal Zizzo from the cross-town blue boys, NYRB loaned keeper Ryan Meara to the Yankee Stadium tenants.

Red Bulls' oft-hyped, seldom-productive Academy also came through on Thursday, as the Jersey club announced the Homegrown Player signing of Duke senior midfielder Sean Davis, 21. Davis is a tidy, technical player who generally has played box-to-box at Duke.

Crew ink Icelander

Because Justin Meram, Ethan Finlay, Romain Gall and Ben Speas aren't enough young wingers, the Crew signed Iceland attacker Kristinn Steindorsson from Halmstads BK in Sweden on Thursday. Steindorsson, 24, scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Halmstads in 2014, two years after his seven goals helped the club win promotion from the Swedish second division.

Anibaba lands in KC

As noted in our coverage of the Expansion Draft, former Fire defender Jalil Anibaba was selected by Orlando City SC. Anibaba never even packed for Disneyland, though, as he was immediately named as the 'player-to-be-named-later' in Orlando City's acquisition of Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin. As it stands now, Anibaba will play for Peter Vermes in 2015.

Houston turns to Coyle

The Houston Dynamo named Owen Coyle the club's second-ever manager Tuesday, replacing Dom Kinnear. Kinnear moved home to San Jose, and leaves a slightly sagging legacy of success to Coyle.

Coyle is mostly familiar to Americans as the Scot who managed unfavored Burnley to the Premiership in 2009, but - as this article from SB Nation points out - his record since jumping ship to Bolton in 2010 has not been favorable. He's here to rebuild his reputation, and has no experience with the league or its byzantine and unique roster rules. This could go well, or full Ruud Gullitt black-hole mode.