Thursday, January 23, 2014
Fire add to midfield, get ready for camp
The Chicago Fire looked to shore up the midfield in the fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday, taking three midfielders, Zach Bolden (61st overall), Kadeem Dacres (65th) and Naperville native Bryan Ciesiulka (75th).
“We have selected three players in Zach, Kadeem and Bryan that we feel can come in and compete for a place on our roster,” the team said in a statement.” They performed well in their collegiate careers and display qualities that we feel can fit in our system and we’re looking forward to having all three players join us for preseason.”
Bolden played for the University of Denver, leading the Summit League in both goals (10) and assists (9) in his senior year for which he was voted Summit League Offensive Player of the Year. Dacres, the 2013 American East Midfielder of the Year, spent the final two seasons of his collegiate career with the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country
Ciesiulka, a Chicago Fire Academy alum, played at Marquette and was named Co-Big East Midfielder of the Year. He was 2009 Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year when he led Neuqua Valley High School to a perfect regular season record.
The Fire’s preseason training opens Saturday with entrance physicals and medical exams before leaving for camp in Ave Maria, Fla. on Sunday.