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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Defender Umanzor officially signs with Fire

By Charlie Corr

The Chicago Fire announced on Thursday that Salvadoran defender Deris Umanzor signed with the team.

Umanzor spent the past five seasons with Club Deportivo Aguila in El Salvador, and was a regular starter for El Salvador's national team when Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos headed the squad from 2007 to 2009.

"We are excited to have Deris Umanzor join the Chicago Fire," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said in a statement. "Umanzor will provide depth in the Fire defense. He brings additional experience to our back line."

As of Thursday afternoon, Umanzor will not be available for Saturday's home opener, when Chicago hosts the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Park in Bridgeview. The team is awaiting his International Transfer Certificate.

Sueno heads to Montrose Park: Sueno MLS, a national soccer player search, is coming to Chicago's Montrose Park, 600 W. Montrose Ave., on Saturday and Sunday. Pre-registration is full, but interested players can still sign up in person to be included on a walk-up list, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Sueno MLS participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18. There is no cost to participate. For more information, visit www.SuenoMLS.com. Last year's Sueno MLS winner was midfielder Alberto Lopez of Aurora, Ill.