The Chicago Fire have announced that Orr Barouch, who has been on loan to Bnei Yehuda in Isreal, will be joining the Fire in Tucson, Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup. Barouch scored 5 goals in 41 appearance with the Fire, and, according to ever reliable Wikipedia, he scored 3 goals in 30 appearances for Bnei Yehuda.
Orr will be joining a pretty crowded group of forwards. In Jeff Crandall's preview for the Orlando City game, he had Quincy Amarikwa, Juan Luis Anangonó, Giuseppe Gentile, Kellen Gulley and Chris Rolfe listed as forwards. Throw Mike Magee into the mix, and the total number of forwards would be up to seven.
One forward who will not be on the roster this year is Daniel Jackson. Jackson, along with five other players - Bryan Ciesiulka, David Meves, Freddie Braun, Tim Ward and Andrae Campbell - have been let go ahead of Tucson. Braun was the 2013 Open Tryout winner, and Ciesiulka was the only one of the Fire's fourth round SuperDraft picks to join the team in camp.
One other forward who does not appear to be joining the Fire in Tucson is Federico Puppo. The team has not said much about Puppo recently, which is probably a good sign as it means that negotiations with Defensor Sporting have not completely fallen apart. Head coach Frank Yallop did make a brief comment on Puppo after the Fire's first preseason win against D.C. United:
"It's going to come to an end and Federico will be off the roster (soon)," Yallop said.
This is a promising statement to hear. An article from Tenfield a week earlier seemed to suggest (through a rough Google translation) that Puppo had not been training with the first team and might not be ready for the start of the Clausura in Uruguay.