Source: Fire 'explore' Umanzor's departure
The Chicago Fire are "exploring" the possibility of sending defender Deris Umanzor to a team in El Salvador, according to an ESPNChicago.com source with knowledge of the situation.
The source said that the move had not been finalized as of Monday afternoon. But if things progress -- and there's a possibility of a move being finalized as early as Tuesday -- it would provide Umanzor a regular starting job, the source said.
Several outside reports have stated that Umanzor could return to his previous Salvadoran club, Aguila, where he played from 2005 to 2010.
The Fire brought in Umanzor in March of last year, and his role has been limited. He started in five of 10 games, logging 502 minutes in regular-season play in 2010. He has seen some time at left back and in the midfield.
Earlier this year, Umanzor scored a goal and had an assist to help El Salvador defeat Belize, 5-2, to earn a berth in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Preseason trialists in town: The Fire's preseason training kicked off Monday, and over the coming days more will be known about the players on trial in Bridgeview. The Fire provided a few names publicly on its site, and ESPNChicago.com learned of a few others through a source.
On the defensive side, the Fire are taking a look at a number of players, such as 23-year-old Nate Weiss, who recently played for Latvian side FK Jelgava; Colombian 18-year-old Yoximar Granados, who primarily is a right back; and 24-year-old Graham Dugoni, who played second-division ball in Norway and was injured during his senior season at Duke. With Steven Kinney missing several months recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, and the absences of retired defender C.J. Brown and Atlas-bound Wilman Conde, Chicago is exploring all of its options in the back.
In the midfield, the Fire are taking a look at 25-year-old Michael Videira, a 2008 draft pick out of Duke who played briefly with the New England Revolution; 19-year-old Martin Rivas out of Argentina; and 19-year-old Amadou Sanyang, a Gambian midfielder who played for Toronto FC.
At forward, 19-year-old Fabian Burbano, a Colombian U-20 international from Envigado FC, was given high praises by U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen, who alerted the Fire about his potential. Chicago also is taking a look at Scottish forward Ashley McInnes out of Tulsa.
Two forwards on the horizon: The Fire are coy about the addition of two new forwards that they are hoping to officially sign sometime this week. The agents, players and MLS have agreed to financial terms, a source said, but an International Transfer Certificate delay has prevented the Fire and league from officially announcing the signings.