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Midfielder Justin Mapp's eight-year stint with the Fire came to an end when he was sent to the expansion Philadelphia Union. The Fire received an undisclosed amount of allocation money in exchange for Mapp, who was drafted fourth overall by D.C. United in 2002.
Mapp's acquisition by the Fire was a big deal at the time, as popular midfielder Dema Kovalenko was sent to United in the swap.
In going to Philadelphia Mapp will now play for a former Fire captain. Peter Nowak, who wore the armband for the Fire during its first five seasons, is the Union head coach and also was a head coach at D.C. United after his playing days ended.
Mapp had 14 goals and 36 assists in 174 games for the Fire and helped the club win two U.S. Open Cups.

Conde's an all-star, too

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The Fire will have a second player available to play against England's Manchester United in the Major League Soccer All-Star game July 28 in Houston. Defender Wilman Conde was named a reserve for the MLS All-Stars by coach Bruce Arena.
A member of the MLS Best 11 last season, the Colombia-born Conde joins midfielder Marco Pappa for the Manchester United match. Pappa was the lone Fire player selected as a starter in league-wide fan balloting.
Conde, 26, has steadily blossomed into one of the best defenders in MLS. He joined the Fire in 2007 and made only seven starts that season after arriving in August. He started 19 games and played in 22 in 2008 and started 18 and played in 19 during his Best 11 season of 2009.

While this season has been a trying one for the Fire's first team, at least one of the club's lower level programs is flourishing. The Fire's U-16 Academy team won its national championship on Saturday, beating Cal Odyssey on penalty kicks at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Fire owner Andrew Hauptman, who lives in California, doesn't attend many Fire matches in Bridgeview, but he was on hand to see his U-16s get the job done. They made the Fire the first MLS team to see its Academy team win the title since the program's inception in 2007. The U-16s were honored during halftime of the Fire's SuperLiga match with the New England Revolution on Saturday.
The Fire and Cal Odyssey were tied at 1-1 in regulation time. Fire goalkeeper Robert Euler made a diving stop on Jon-Paul Medina, the key moment in the PK duel. Andrew Connor delivered the final PK that gave the Fire the victory.

The Fire's injury situation has been extraordinary, and there's no guarantee it'll get better any time soon.
Offensive threat Patrick Nyarko, the latest star to go down, is nursing concussion-like symptoms that started after he took a hard hit against Columbus on Saturday. He didn't dress for Thursday's 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake and may not be available for the SuperLiga tourney that begins on Wednesday.
``We hope we can have him. He's an important player for us,'' coach Carlos de los Cobos said after the Real Salt Lake match, ``but his health is more important.''
Defender Dasan Robinson, who recovered from early season injury problems to take over at right back when Tim Ward went down, is also hurt again. This time it's a hamstring.
The word on striker Collins John's mysterious ailment is that it's a gastro-intestinal thing. While he is training again, he's not expected to play for a couple weeks.
And there's still no word on Calen Carr and John Thorrington. Both figured to be key contributors again this season, but neither has played in a game yet.
Given all the walking wounded, it's surprising that de los Cobos has his team at 4-5-5 at this stage of his first season on the job. He's been playing with an awfully young lineup that includes a rookie goalkeeper, and Andrew Dykstra has handled that job quite well given the circumstances.
Latest young player to step up was defender Steven Kinney, who got his first start against Real Salt Lake with Robinson out. Rookie Kinney was slowed by injuries earlier but might be able to help out now based on is play against the defending MLS Cup champions.
``I'm very happy with Stevie,'' said de los Cobos. ``He showed confidence, and that's not easy for a young player.''
``He's done great,'' veteran defender C.J. Brown said of Kinney. ``If he hadn't been injured you would have seen him sooner. He's a good kid, works hard and is a hard-nosed defender.''

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