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MLS Ticker: Kouassi tears ACL, Espinoza joins Honduras and more

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Despiteannouncing Xavier Kouassi as their latest Designated Player a week ago, the New England Revolution received some bad news regarding their new signing on Monday.

Kouassi has reportedly suffered an ACL injury, and will miss roughly six months of action. The 26-year-old, who is still with Swiss side FC Sion, sustained the injury in the team's 1-0 win against FC Zurich on Sunday.

MLS Ticker: D.C. United, TFC-Galaxy, Timbers-Sounders and more

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The first weekend of February was filled with preseason friendlies and scrimmages, but most of the buzz surrounded D.C. United, which released its new jersey and is reportedly close to signing a new Argentine.

D.C. United is reportedly nearing a deal to add 21-year-old, 5-foot-3 Luciano Acosta on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors.

MLS Ticker: Casillas, Whitecaps-Sounders, Fire and more

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While the first Cascadia clash of the new year was anything but friendly on Wednesday, a new report making the rounds has New York City FC linked to a high-profile Spanish goalkeeper.

NYCFC is reportedly interested in signing FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas as soon as possible. The 34-year-old Spanish netminder's current contract with the Portuguese side runs until 2017.

MLS Ticker: Nocerino, Kappelhof, Wingert and more

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While the race for Italian star Antonio Nocerino has heated up, one MLS side has reportedly been ordered to end its pursuit for the Milan midfielder.

Orlando City SC has been ordered to cease its chase for Nocerino because of D.C. United's discovery rights claim. D.C. filed its claim for the 30-year-old last month.

MLS Ticker: Nemeth, Kouassi, Gashi, De Jong and more

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Krisztian Nemeth's transfer from Sporting Kansas City to Qatari club Al-Gharafa drew the confusion and ire of many, and the Hungarian international has spoken out as to why he chose to move there.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Nemeth expressed his disappointment with how Sporting KC handled his attempt at negotiating for a new contract, and signing with Al-Gharafa "was the only way to get out of it.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Timbers, Impact and more

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The Chicago Fire have been relatively quiet this offseason when it comes to signing talent from outside the U.S., but that changed on Friday.

Across the Atlantic, Eredivisie club FC Groningen confirmed it had transferred 25-year-old defender Johan Kappelhof to the Chicago Fire, and he's likely to sign a multi-year contract.

MLS Ticker: St. Louis, Earnshaw, Fire and more

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In the wake of recent news regarding an NFL team relocating from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the MLS commissioner has emphasized his interest in possibly expanding to Missouri.

Don Garber wrote a letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon explaining his desire to expand there, saying: "I look forward to working with you, your staff and local leaders to explore ownership candidates and to investigate viable stadium solutions to bring MLS to St.

Chicago Fire 2016 adidas Home Jersey

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Chicago Fire Soccer Club revealed their 2016 adidas home jersey on Tuesday. Fill of ties [...]

MLS Ticker: Nocerino, Ramirez, Red Bulls and more

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While one of last season's biggest MLS acquisitions remains in the news over an uncertain future, a European star is reportedly gaining interest from an unnamed team.

AC Milanvice president and CEOAdriano Galliani told reporters on Monday that midfielder Antonio Nocerino is on the radar of an unnamed MLS side, and an offer will be coming in the near future.

Fire sign two players, complete coaching staff

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After claiming talent, like Brandon Vincent, in the 2016 MLS Draft, the Chicago Fire added more to their roster over the weekend.

On Saturday, the team re-signed midfielder Razvan Cocis, who first joined the Fire in July 2014, while also adding Portuguese defender and midfielder João Meira.

MLS Ticker: Jaime, Fire, FC Dallas and more

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Official word of Jordan Morris' decision to join the Seattle Sounders dominated Thursday's Major League Soccer news, butReal Salt Lake lost a veteran in the midst of the frenzy:

Sebastian Jaime, 28, has left RSL to join Chilean side CD Universidad Catolica.

MLS Ticker: Fire, Impact, Cole and more

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The end of the MLS transfer window is in sight, and teams like the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact are making some interesting moves.

Portuguese defender João Meira will reportedly join the Fire ahead of the 2016 season. The 28-year-old has reportedly signed for two years and is quoted as saying: "I'm pretty happy with this my new challenge that I will face with the expectation of the great club that is the Chicago Fire.

Peter Wilt back in Chicago

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Peter Wilt's return to Chicago is with the NASL and that creates an interesting situation for MLS in a Major League Soccer market. Read More

NASL team in Chicago wants to start at Soldier Field, says Peter Wilt

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Midwest native Peter Wilt has targeted Soldier Field as the temporary home field for a new NASL team that plans to play in downtown Chicago, according to an interview on Soccer Morning.

Wilt has taken on the role as senior advisor for CLUB 9 SPORTS, a sports consulting group that is aiming to launch a NASL team in the same city where MLS team Chicago Fire calls home.

NASL team in Chicago wants to start at Soldier Field, says Peter Wilt

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Midwest native Peter Wilt has targeted Soldier Field as the temporary home field for a new NASL team that plans to play in downtown Chicago, according to an interview on Soccer Morning.

Wilt has taken on the role as senior advisor for CLUB 9 SPORTS, a sports consulting group that is aiming to launch a NASL team in the same city where MLS team Chicago Fire calls home.

MLS Ticker: Pogatetz, NYCFC, FC Dallas, and more

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While many are eagerly awaiting the upcoming 2016 MLS Combine, some news around the league came out on Tuesday:

Emanuel Pogatetz signed with FC Union Berlin on Tuesday after his contract with the Columbus Crew expired in December. The 32-year-old centerback's new deal with the German club runs through the end of the 2.

MLS Ticker: Saunders extends with NYCFC; Orlando City, Timbers select in Re-Entry Draft; and more

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He wasn't even tabbed to be the team's starting goalkeeper in 2015, butNew York City FC saw enough from Josh Saunders to know that they wanted the veteran back next season.

According to NYCFC's press release on Thursday, the club has signed Saunders to a multi-year contract extension.

Fire appoint U-20 World Cup winner Veljko Paunovic head coach

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The Chicago Fire are handing their coaching keys to the man who helped Serbia win the Under-20 World Cup this summer.

The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have appointed Veljko Paunovic as head coach. Paunovic takes over for interim boss Brian Bliss, who led the club during the final weeks of the 2015 season after replacing the fired Frank Yallop.

MLS Ticker: Sporting KC renames stadium; Fire reportedly clear house; and more

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Sporting Park will have a new name starting in 2016.

The club announced on Thursday that the stadium, which opened in 2011, is set to be renamed Children's Mercy Park following aa long-term partnership agreement between Sporting KC and Children's Mercy.

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OTF Roundtable: One Prediction

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The "OriginalRecipe" OTF Roundtable returns. Preseasonpracticehas begun,the team looksconsiderably younger and(dare wesay it), there are even some signs of hope. Evensome of OTF'sperma-skeptics may be coming around to the team ... maybe.

Today's roundtable question:

What is one prediction about the 2016Fire season that you aresure will come true?

Fire GM Rodriguez focused on adding right characters in rebuild

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The Chicago Fire's general manager has stayed true to his word this offseason, with Nelson Rodriguez clearly focused on improving what was the worst defense in MLS last season.But there's much more than meets the eye going on in the Fire transformation, with Rodriguez citing mentality as the most important factor in the team's recent additions.

OTF Roundtable: Silent Sigh

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Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez and Head Coach Veljko PaunoviccallingBrian Blissto get his laptoppassword.

Frankly, all of Fire Nationwas hoping we'd have morethings to talkaboutby now, but no dice.

Withthe international transfer window now open and the MLS Superdraft combine beginningtoday Chicagocontinues toshed both salaries, personalities, and staff.

Fire confident foreign coach Veljko Paunovic can be rare success story

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The Chicago Fire know that history has not been kind to foreign coaches in MLS, but they are convincedVeljko Paunovic has all the qualities and enough familiarity with the league to be a rare success story.

In fact, the Fire were so impressed with Paunovic during their coaching search that they began to compare other candidates to him.

OTF Roundtable: Red Thursday

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WhileFire nation waspatiently waiting for Nelson Rodriguez'sThanksgiving announcement of their new coach, they went ahead and axed a lot of people. Like... a lot of people.

CHICAGO (November 19, 2015) Chicago Fire Soccer Club today announced changes to the soccer staff, parting ways with Goalkeeping Coach Aron Hyde, Strength and Conditioning Coach Adrian Lamb and Head of Scouting Trevor James.

Sporting Kansas City

Top 5 MLS Homegrown Players not named Jordan Morris

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Jordan Morris might be the most well-known MLS Homegrown Player to sign a deal this offseason, but he is far from the only talented prospectin this year's class.

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by talk of Morris and whether he would sign with the Seattle Sounders and MLS, but what seemed to belost in all the hubbub was the fact that several other promising up-and-comers also agreed to contracts with their respective hometown clubs in the league.

The Houston Dynamo Pass in First Leg of 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft

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The Dynamo opted to not select any players available from the 1st stage of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft

The Houston Dynamo haven't had a quiet offseason as they've resigned a few key players and have traded for the attacking talents of Andrew Wenger and Cristian Maidana, but have remained quiet during the Waiver Draft that took place earlier this week and the 1st leg of the Re-Entry draft.

Toronto FC

MLS Ticker: Irwin, NYCFC, Las Vegas and more

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Although the MLS Draft has come and gone, the transfer window is still open and a couple of clubs have made some deals.

On Monday, Toronto FC announced the acquisition of 26-year-old goalkeeper Clint Irwin from the Colorado Rapids. The Western Conference club will receive targeted allocation money as well as two MLS Draft picks one in 2016 and one in 2017.

Report: Toronto FC, Chicago the frontrunners in chase for Will Johnson

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After lifting the MLS Cup trophy just last Sunday alongside Liam Ridgewell, former Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson is in search of a new club.

The Timbers are reportedly shopping Johnson, who is ready to leave Portland after three seasons. He has become expendable in the wake of Caleb Porter's shifting of Darlington Nagbe into a central midfield role.

News Update

Soccer News: NYCFC gets the #1 pick in the 2016 SuperDraft

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Chicago trading #1 pick Jack Harrison is the story from the SuperDraft and the Premier League remains unpredictable in the soccer news. Read More

Soccer News: Chicago’s Fire Pitch

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The Chicago Fire opens its soccer complex and Manchester United wonders what happened to their Champions League campaign. Read More

Soccer News: Playing soccer on turf, next step for Bob Bradley

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ESPN does an in-depth segment on artificial turf and Bob Bradley officially moves on from Stabaek in Friday's soccer news. Read More

D.C. United

D.C. United officially acquires Patrick Nyarko from Chicago Fire

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Yesterday's rumored trade is finally complete, with D.C. United acquiring Patrick Nyarko.

After rumors all of yesterday, and speculation from our own Adam Taylor a few weeks ago, D.C. United has officially acquired winger Patrick Nyarko from the Chicago Fire. Contrary to what we all thought yesterday, D.

Report: D.C. United working on trade for Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko

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The Black-and-Red appear to be on the verge of adding another speedy wide player from within MLS.

A report from Soccerwire.com's Charles Boehm says that D.C. United will be making a trade to acquire Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko. Per Boehm's reporting, the terms of the deal are likely to involve non-player assets (e.

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Report: Galaxy closing in on bringing back Mike Magee

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Mike Magee looks ready to leave his hometown for the place where he enjoyed the most successful stint of his career.

Magee is set to make a return to the LA Galaxy, according to a report from ChicagoNow.com. The 31-year-old free agent forward was reportedly drawing interest from Sporting Kansas City, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Chicago Fire, buthas chosen to reunite with Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena in Los Angeles.

MLS Ticker: Magee set for free agency; RSL re-signs Olave; and more

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The ongoing rebuilding of the Chicago Fire took another step on Monday, and several of those on their way out of Toyota Park will be eligible for MLS' new form of free agency.

Now firmly into the 2016 offseason, the Fire made several roster moves on Monday, including the announcement of the departures of Mike Magee, Jon Busch, Jeff Larentowicz and Ty Harden.

The Rest

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire

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Nearly half of the top twelve 2016 SuperDraft picks will seek to make an impression in Thursday afternoon's preseason game.

Game:Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, FL

Television: None

Streaming: philadelphiaunion.

Sounders acquire Chicago Fire player in draft-day trade

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Looks like the Seattle Sounders won't be picking in the first round of today's MLS SuperDraft, as it was just announced that they traded the pick to Chicago for an unnamed player. The Sounders' remaining picks, bar any other last-minute trades, will be 27th and 35th overall. The traded player is unnamed as of now, as MLS Commissioner Don Garber noted that all parties will be notified before the names are announced on television.

Tight-lipped Fire hoping to make roster announcements in coming days

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. Mum is the word for the Chicago Fire right now, but they are hoping to make some roster announcements in the coming days. They could certainly use that, too.

The Fire are just two weeks away from the start of their first preseason under new head coach Veljko Paunovic, but there are only 14 players currently on the roster and all of them are 28-years old or younger.

Soccer News: Marsch wins Coach of the Year, new hire for Fire

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The New York Red Bulls' Jesse Marsch is the 2015 MLS Coach of the Year and the Chicago Fire announce their new coach. Read More

Report: Ramos emerges as frontrunner for Fire head coaching position

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Heading into the MLS offseason, the Chicago Fire had coaching job has been a major talking point, and it appears that a frontrunner has emerged from the pack of candidates.

Goal USA is reportingthat U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramoshas emerged as the leading candidate for the Chicago Fire head coaching position.