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The Fire has appealed the red card that midfielder Jeff Larentowicz received in the 63rd minute of the Fire's 2-0 loss to the Impact in Montreal on Saturday.

Larentowicz received the card for what was perceived to be a challenge at the edge of the Fire penalty box after Montreal placed a through ball into the area. However, video replay clearly shows that Larentowicz was trying to avoid contact--indicating the play shouldn't have warranted even a yellow card.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Fire defender Wells Thompson for the team's game in Montreal Saturday and fined him an undisclosed amount for his challenge on Columbus midfielder Agustín Viana in the 12th minute of the Fire's 1-0 win over the Crew on Sunday.

Frank Klopas rebutted reports out of Poland that a deal to bring Polish midfielder Sebastian Mila to the Fire was imminent.

The Fire announced Monday that midfielder Victor Pineda had been selected by the United States' Under-20 team for its camp in Carson, Calif. Pineda arrived in Carson on Monday in time for the team's evening training session.

In only his second week of training since returning from a strained right hamstring suffered in the week leading up to the season-opener in Los Angeles against the Galaxy, Fire center back Arne Friedrich has suffered an injury to his left hip.

Outside midfielder Patrick Nyarko thinks he'll be ready for selection for Sunday's game in Houston against the Dynamo.

Nyarko pulled his hamstring in the Fire's friendly against Minnesota FC United and sat out the team's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Park last Sunday. But after training this week, the talented Ghanaian is eyeing Sunday's game as a chance to regain his form.

While the Fire's 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at Toyota Park was enough for the club to celebrate about, it received news after the game that two of its starting defenders are expected to return from injury when the Fire travels to Houston on this coming Sunday.

As much as it hurt to lose 1-0 to NASL side Minnesota United FC, the worst news that came out of Friday's friendly was that outside midfielder Patrick Nyarko sustained a right hamstring strain.

Nyarko trained inside Tuesday along with fellow starting outside midfielder Dilly Duka who has missed the Fire's 4-1 loss at home to Chivas USA on March 24 due to he same injury.

The Fire announced on Monday that it had loaned homegrown striker Kellen Gulley to the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks. Coach Frank Klopas said during training camp the club was looking to loan out the 18-year old striker in order to get him more playing time.

"This loan is a great opportunity for Kellen to earn consistent playing time," Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon said in a team statement. "Kellen is a young player with great potential. We are looking forward to monitoring his development and progress while he is in Atlanta."

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