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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Grazzini to make Fire debut against Man U

By Charlie Corr

As Manchester United's high-profile team filters into the Chicago scene, it is easy to forget that there is an MLS team that is attempting to turn around its current stance at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Fire cannot do much in league play for the time being, but their most recent signing, midfielder Sebastian Grazzini, will eventually need to be a part of any potential turnaround.

During Thursday's Manchester United-Chicago Fire press conference, Fire interim head coach Frank Klopas said that Grazzini will take the pitch when the two teams square off in their World Football Challenge match on Saturday at Soldier Field (4 p.m. kickoff, ESPN2).

Grazzini likely will have a limited role, though.

"He's coming along," Klopas said of Grazzini. "I think you'll see him get minutes in this game, but he's nowhere near where he's able to go 90 minutes."

The 30-year-old Argentine signed with the Fire on July 14, most recently playing for Atletico All Boys, where he played in 22 games over the 2010-2011 Clausura and Apertura tournaments.

"He finished his season maybe four or five weeks ago and he's been on a break," Klopas said. "So it's now our main focus is to get him minutes in this game, but also looking ahead and making sure that he's [at] full fitness level, ready to play the Philly game [on Aug. 3]."