The Chicago Fire have made a huge push to get U.S. green cards for the club’s international players under owner Joe Mansueto, and another one has come through.
This time it’s midfielder Alvaro Medran. As we told you last week he was missing from training camp in Bridgeview because he’d been approved for a green card, and was waiting to receive his passport so he could enter the U.S.
Medran traveled straight from Spain to the team’s training camp hotel Orlando, Fla., and will be able to participate in full team training in one week—next Sunday—after his quarantine is over. The bulk of the Fire’s roster will travel to Orlando today, to begin a nearly-month long training camp in Florida.
Medran’s green card clears another international slot, and it means the Fire now have nine international players, with eight available slots: Ignacio Aliseda, Robert Berić, Jhon Espinoza, Gastón Giménez, Stanislav Ivanov, Chinonso Offor, Boris Sekulić, Luka Stojanović and Carlos Terán.
Hot Time is told another Fire player has a green card appointment scheduled for later this month. The MLS roster compliance date is in mid-April, so the club has some time to get the number down to eight. If there’s a delay, the team can send one player out on loan, or can trade for an international slot to become compliant.
Sporting director Georg Heitz mentioned late last year there were seven Fire players in the final stages of the green card process. Three of those—Przemyslaw Frankowski, Miguel Navarro, and Medran—have already come through. We know one more isn’t far off, and three more could come sometime this season, clearing even more valuable international slots for the Fire.