Fire sign Barouch, trade for GK Nolly

December, 5, 2011
12/05/11
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The Chicago Fire purchased the rights to 20-year-old forward Orr Barouch from Mexican club Tigres UANL, the team announced Monday.

Barouch was a key second-half sub for the Fire during the 2011 season, appearing in 28 games but logging only 624 minutes. Barouch contributed two goals and two assists, but he had numerous shots that hit the goal frame last season.

"Orr is a talented, hardworking striker that played a significant role for us last season," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said in a statement. "He embodies the type of player we're looking for and is someone that we see enormous potential for in the future."

The Haifa, Israel, native joined the Fire in March of 2011, on loan from Tigres. He chipped in with three goals during the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competition.

Barouch debuted for Israel's U-21 national team earlier this year.

Fire acquire Nolly from Vancouver: The Fire traded a first-round selection in the 2013 Supplemental Draft to the Vancouver Whitecaps for goalkeeper Jay Nolly.

Nolly, a two-time national champion for Indiana University in 2003 and 2004, was last season's backup to Whitecaps starting goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Nolly posted a 2-6-6 record with two shutouts and 39 saves in 2011. The Whitecaps were last in the Western Conference with a 6-18-10 record and 28 points during the team's expansion season.

Chicago had entered Monday's MLS Re-Entry Draft with only one goalkeeper on its roster -- starter Sean Johnson, who is training alongside U.S. National Team starting goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton this week.

The selection that the Fire traded to Vancouver is part of a supplemental draft that takes place several days after the MLS SuperDraft. The upcoming MLS SuperDraft runs on Jan. 17, 2012, and is reduced to only two rounds and 38 selections.

Fire bypass re-entry draft's first stage: Only three selections were made in Monday's first leg of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, and Chicago did not participate. The New England Revolution picked defender Danleigh Borman, followed by Chivas USA picking midfielder/forward Arturo Alvarez and the Columbus Crew selecting defender Carlos Mendes.

The second leg of the re-entry draft takes place on Dec. 12.

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