Today's MLS SuperDraft kicks off at 11:30 a.m. CST today, with the first two rounds being streamed by the league here:
So what have Fire faithful got to look forward to today? The club have three picks in the four rounds of the draft, having traded their natural third-rounder to Seattle as part of the ill-fated deal that sent Jalil Anibaba to Seattle for Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni. Two of those picks will happen today - the 7th pick of each of the first round and the second, meaning the 7th and 28th overall.
Fire picks: 7 & 28. Needs: Centerback, midfield
Those two picks are fraught with potential for a roster that has plenty of holes still to fill. Despite inking nine new players for 2015, the Fire still count only Jeff Larentowicz, MLS journeyman Eric Gehrig and new, unseen Brazilian Adailton as centerbacks; if Chicago doesn't draft a central defender, things are definitely getting weird. The Men in Red could also use reinforcing in the center of midfield and along the flanks, especially as Patrick Nyarko is likely to need significant cover even after he returns from rehabilitating his surgically-repaired knee.
We will be covering the Fire's draft live, so stay plugged-in to Hot Time for up-to-the-minute news!