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Monday, January 21, 2013
Fire bringing back three midfielders

By ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Fire re-signed Corben Bone and picked up the contract options for Alex and Michael Videira, the team announced Monday.

“It was important for us to have Corben, Alex and Michael return in 2013,” said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon. “They are skillful and versatile players that provide us with depth in a variety of positions.”

Per MLS policy, the terms of the three midfielders’ deals were not disclosed.


Bone, the Fire’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, has made 17 appearances in three seasons with the Fire. He was one of only four players to start all of the Fire’s 2012 Reserve League matches, scoring one goal and tallying two assists in 897 minutes.

Alex joined the Fire during the 2012 summer transfer window from Swiss side FC Wohlen He scored two goals in his 17 regular season appearances.

Videira joined the Fire on March 10, 2011 from USSF Division 2 Pro side AC St. Louis. In two seasons with the Fire, Videira has started seven of the 12 matches in which he appeared, notching one assist over 900 minutes.

  • Fire defender Arne Friedrich received his U.S. Green Card, the team announced, granting him permanent resident status in the United States. Friedrich will no longer occupy an International Player slot on the Fire roster.

  • The Fire also announced Monday that they did not pick up the option for Mexican international forward Guillermo Franco.