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Fire sign German Arne Friedrich

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Throughout the preseason, Fire head coach Frank Klopas was open about the club's interest in signing a player to bolster the club's back line.

Wednesday the Fire did just that when the club signed 32-year old German defender Arne Friedrich who will add versatility because of his ability to play centrally or on the right side. The Fire will add him to the roster once he receives his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.


Friedrich has 82 appearances with the German National Team and was part of his country's third place finishes in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. He scored a goal in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup

He also represented Germany in the 2004 and 2008 UEFA Cups.

"I'm excited to take the next step in my career with the Chicago Fire," Friedrich via a team statement. "After playing my entire professional career in Germany, coming to the United States was an intriguing prospect and I'm looking forward to joining the club and playing in Major League Soccer."

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