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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."


After the U.S. Men's National Team called up Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson on Monday, the club was pressed to sign a goalkeeper for Sunday's game against Chivas USA at Toyota Park and Tuesday announced it had signed Alec Kann.

Kann will backup Paolo Tornaghi who is expected to start in goal on Sunday.

Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson has been selected by U.S. Men's National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. on March 22 and against Mexico at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on March 26.

The Fire announced Thursday that Estonian attacking center midfielder Joel Lindpere has been selected by Estonian National Team manager Tarmo Rüütli to represent his country in upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against the Netherlands on March 22 and against Andorra on March 26.


The Fire announced Tuesday that WPWR My50 Chicago will be the club's television broadcast partner for the 2013 season. Coverage will begin with the Fire's game against Chivas USA on March 24 at Toyota Park.

My50 Chicago is expected to televise as many 23 of the Fire's games, 20 of which will be available in HD. The Fire is currently slated to appear on national television 16 times this season.

The Fire announced Friday that it had signed 2013 MLS SuperDraft pick Yazid Atouba who the club selected with the 30th overall pick.

Atouba, a 20-year old Cameroonian national, has been with the Fire throughout the duration of training camp where he has impressed the club's coaching staff.

Considered somewhat of a project due to his age, Atouba has proven to have the ball skills and speed that could make him a key substitute in the late stages of games this season. The left-footed midfielder scored two goals this preseason against the Columbus Crew on Jan. 30 and Chivas USA on Feb. 5.

For some weeks Quincy Amarikwa had been in training camp with the Fire in anticipation that the cliub would orchestrate a trade with Toronto FC, which owned his MLS rights.

That trade became official on Wednesday when Fire announced it had sent a first-round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to Toronto in exchange for Amarikwa.

The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday that Julian Posada will step down as club president, effective at the end of the year.

Posada will remain with the team as a consultant in 2013. His role will not be replaced.

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