In the past couple of days Chicago Fire has been mentioned a lot in news, either if thats with rumors, or transfers.
Chicago Fire signing 30-year-old midfielder Dax McCarty on a 2-year contract extension. Dax McCarty, who’s 2017 trade from New York RedBulls was a shock to everyone, especially himself. McCarty played a huge part in the Fires 2017 successful season, not only making it in the playoffs, but placing 3rd place in the eastern conference.
Chicago Fire are close to bringing back Bastian Schweinsteiger but nothing is finalized yet. The 33-year-old joined the Fire March of 2017, leaving Manchester United, where he didn’t appreciate how Jose Mourinho treated his stay. Many were quick to believe he wouldn’t work-out in MLS, but the German midfielder made himself a big hit in the Windy City. Schweinsteiger finished the regular season with 3 goals, and 6 assists in 24 matches.
Chicago Fire signed homegrown Grant Lillard, who was expected to be a top 5 draft pick. Chicago brought in off college soccers best players and secured a future center back spot. Since the departure of Joao Meira Chicago Fire are left with Jonathan Campbell, Christian Dean, and Johan Kappelhof. Lillard is going to have to complete along with those three.
Unlike Grant Lillard, Chicago Fire were unsuccessful in signing Cam Lindley as a homegrown. Cam Lindley, sophomore from North Carolina, is a top midfielder in college soccer, and has shown himself to be a great prospect. Chicago held Lindley’s homegrown rights, after failing to sign Lindley, Chicago traded his rights to Orlando City. Where the lions traded right back Rafael Ramos and allocation money in exchange for Cam Lindley’s rights. Rafael Ramos is a good Right back in the MLS who has made 39 appearances with Orlando in the past 3 years, expressing his frustration with lack of playing time in October. Ramos has also played for Portugal’s U19 and U21 and at 23-yeas-old Ramos still has a long way to go. Ramos can either be a back up for Matt Polster who left an empty gap during his injury last season, or Polster can be making a move back to his preferred Center defensive position.